It’s that time again to take a look at the best albums of the month gone by. Of course this is ultimately just my opinion and what I happen to be listening to coming out of the month, but I feel once you read the full reviews from our talented staff you will bend to my will.
Now put down that mangled wreath, pick up what’s left of that dead tree, discover VISA want’s their money back, finally understand chocolate is not a food group, and enjoy the top albums of January 2016:
10: Deformatory – Malediction by Shepherd: An aspect of Malediction that is particularly enjoyable is the manic/panic anxiety.
9: Primitiv – Immortal and Vile by Shepherd: Immortal and Vile is how a band should breakthrough. We can’t wait to see how this progresses. So should you!
8: Brainstorm – Scary Creatures by Harley: Brainstorm is on a roll with a couple of impressive albums in a row now. This one just might make a showing at the end of the year.
7: Doom Machine – Written In Stone by Shepherd: Somehow Doom Machine, with their back-in-the-day no frills ways has me smiling, thinking Lemmy Kilmister is pouring Old No.7 and in approval. And for millions of us dealing with that loss, Written In Stone lessens the sting just a bit.
6: Prong – X-No Absolutes by Harley: X – No Absolutes will give the old fans something to enjoy, especially with the absence of the band for so long. Prong still kicks my ass!
5: Primal Fear – Rulebreaker by Harley: All in all, Rulebreaker is a fist pumping, head banging good time. Musicianship is apparent and the attitude is straight up Metal.
4: Rhine – An Outsider by Harley: Interestingly, the album has some completely improvised solos and an overall humanness coming through via the minimally processed production.
3: Fleshgod Apocalypse – King by Fern: this has got to be the heaviest album I’ve listened to in a damn while and that may be an understatement.
2: Dissona – Paleopneumatic by Harley: An ambitious album, Paleopneumatic should absolutely find its way to your playlist. I know it’s only the first week of January, but Dissona might just have the staying power to make it to a year end list. I can’t recommend Paleopneumatic highly enough.
1: Striker – Stand In The Fire by Shepherd: Some where in the middle of the title-track (Stand In The Fire) it becomes crystal clear that this album contains such killer guitar that Trent Halliwel and Tim Brown must be hailed as key components to this masterpiece.
Good start to 2016. ~ Martell
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