May 12, 2017
- Lorn - Arrayed Claws
Strange and disturbing music. Abstract Trap builds from "yeah, whatever" to "OMGWTF I love this" over the first three minutes.
- Nidingr - The High Heat Licks Against Heaven
Driving metal that's tiring to listen to, in a good way. The vocals are harsh but entirely clear.
- Gold - Optimist
A heavier version of the kind of female-fronted indie rock I loved in the 90s.
- The Obsessed - Sacred
An uneven collection of doomy rockers, some excellent, some filler, a couple duds. Sodden Jackal, Razor Wire and Punk Crusher are the standouts.
- Crystal Fairy - Crystal Fairy
Heavy, chunky L.A. rock with great female vocals.
- Ash Borer - The Irrepassable Gate
Ash Borer moves to a denser, heavier sound; less Cascadian, but no less dramatic.
- Diocletian - Gesundrian
Evil death metal that takes no prisoners.