Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Independently Released in November 2013
The second full length release from Nemost is quite the find. High end guitar work, that is mature but still cool and dynamic enough to take you someplace else with each track. The style is definitely progressive, but still melodic enough to be catchy and hooky enough to really get into. Pretty good album.
RIYL: Be’lakor, Idensity, Fallen Joy
1. Pressure Nation
2. Beasts and Bullies
Genre: Folk Metal, Death Metal
Released in September 2013 on Metal Swamp Records
The debut full length of Prarod features a decided death metal approach with varying helpings of melody, replete with growling Croatian vocals and racing double bass drumming, mixed with folk metal; mostly a flute that will periodically flit in and out of songs.
RIYL: Arkona, Korpliklaani, Skyclad
3. Na Ceste k Zániku
4. Prichod jari
Origin: Chicago, Illinois
Genre: Thrash Metal
Released on August 19th, 2013 by Earache Records
Diamond Plate is a young group out of the Chicago area who were considered one of the premiere up and coming bands back in 2008. Back then, they had only released a couple of EPs and hype spread about. Fast forward to 2013, they now have released two full lengths. Since their debut, they have procured a new vocalist, Matt Ares, who likes to emulate Dave Mustaine. Musically, these guys are solid, mid-groove thrash. Konrad Kupiec is a pretty good guitarist and flourishes throughout.
RIYL: Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Testament, Evile, Onslaught
2. All of It
4. Dance with Reality
7. Bottom of the Glass
10. Running Dry
11. Power Thrashing Death
Genre: Sludge Metal, Doom Metal, Black Metal
Independently Released on November 15th, 2013
Obscure Sphinx is a Polish five-piece who won the “New Blood Award” in 2012, an award for newcomer-bands hosted by the famous German festival “Summer Breeze Open Air”. Void Mother happens to be their sophomore release. This is an interesting album. It is quite varied and unique, with moments of sludgy thickness; lamented, despairing atmosphere; blackened doom; and sheer anger. Vocalist Zofia “Wielebna” Fraś handles every bit of it, and does a fantastic job of going from one extreme to another: wailing, shouting, to crooning, but never overdoing it. Listening to this is quite an experience.
1. Lunatic Calm
2. Waiting For the Bodies Down the River Floating
9. Presence of Goddess