so, it's been a while, hasn't it?
i have a partially-formed def mundhra jams.2 lying dormant, but it'll take me a lot more work to get it where i want it. anyway, i was thinking about stuff i've been listening to a lot lately and most of it i've discovered this past year.
so i guess i'll start with stuff that i've been listening to a lot.
sylosis are some dudes from the uk that play melodic death/thrash metal. i guess maybe they aren't terribly original, but i find their execution to be spot on. their newest album came out in '11. i've had both of their albums on occasional constant repeat since discovering them.
inquisition is a two piece black metal band. they are pretty divisive due to the croaking vocals, but a) unconventional vocals have never really bothered me and b) i find the song structures phenomenal. their newest, which actually came out at the end of '10, has likewise been on occasional constant repeat. also, who the meep wouldn't like an album titled ominous doctrines of the perpetual mystical macrocosm?
vektor is a prog/thrash band, who a lot of people compare/contrast with voivod. i haven't had much experience with voivod, but vektor's '09 album black future is meeping insane. it has been another constant repeat for me. i haven't really listened to their new album much, it came out at the end of last year.
for a patch i was listening to a lot of 60's/70's metal throwback stuff like graveyard, orchid, and ghost:
i discovered colin stetson, an insane saxophonist that recorded his album mostly in one take:
the joy formidable, sort of a guitar noise indie rock band. i'm also a sucker for female vocals:
then there's virus, who is hard to describe. i guess avant garde rock, maybe? the sinewy bass is amazing.
i haven't explored the following bands as much as i've wanted to, unfortunately.
glorior belli is a black metal band. their newest album incorporates a southern rock aesthetic, which i find really interesting:
wolves like us are a post hardcore band i guess. to be honest, nothing else of theirs has struck me as much as this song:
i guess trophy scars are alternative/indie or something? at any rate, i find their stuff intriguing and fantastic: