"6 Bands You May Not Know, But Should - 12/7/2019 Edition"

1. Façade (Dordrecht, Netherlands, EUR)

Album: The Eternal Dance (Independent)

Release Date: November 29th, 2019

Genre: Doom/Post-Metal

Contemporaries: Yob, Ufomammut, Kongh, Krigsgrav

Deep, dark, and transcendent, Façade’s independently released sophomore full-length The Eternal Dance is a beautiful mix of classic doom with post-metal leanings that takes you on a journey of the mind. Hypnotic and entrancing, this five-track, fifty-four-minute album is exceptional in all phases, from production to execution, and everywhere in between. Do not miss out on this incredible offering. Rating: 9.75 / 10

2. Aggressive Perfector (Manchester, United Kingdom, EUR)

Album: Havoc at the Midnight Hour (Dying Victims Productions)

Release Date: November 22nd, 2019

Genre: Thrash/NWOTHM

Contemporaries: Exciter, Whipstriker, Hellripper, Bewitcher

Anachronistic and anarchistic, England’s Aggressive Perfector have announced their presence to the world with their ripping debut full-length, Havoc at the Midnight Hour. With their sound seeming to hail from heavy metal’s earlier days, this thrashing trio have fused time-honored techniques and sound with 21st century sensibilities, and the result is one satisfyingly sturdy album, fully worthy of your time and attention. Rating: 8.75 / 10

3. Deivos (Lublin, Poland, EUR)

Album: Casus Belli (Selfmadegod Records)

Release Date: November 29th, 2019

Genre: Progressive/Technical Death

Contemporaries: Decapitated, Cryptopsy, Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth

Following the lead of their Polish brethren in Decapitated, Lublin’s Deivos bring the progressive, technical death rain on their sixth studio full-length, Casus Belli. No newbies to their craft, Deivos have been banging out the goods since the late 90’s, but as is so often the case today, it has taken far too long for this fantastic quintet to get their due and proper in global attention. Casus Belli and its eight shredding tracks may just finally do the trick, though, for this is one excellent album. All killer and no filler. Great stuff. Rating: 9 / 10

4. Raptvre (Cologne, Germany, EUR)

Album: Monuments of Bitterness (The Crawling Chaos Records)

Release Date: November 22nd, 2019

Genre: Black/Blackened Death

Contemporaries: Suffering Hour, Convulsing, Bölzer, Grave Miasma

Dissonant, atonal, and utterly crushing, the debut full-length, Monuments of Bitterness, from Germany’s inchoate quartet Raptvre should turn many a head quickly their way. Just formed in 2018, this nascent group shows fantastic promise with their uncompromising approach to sound. Unsettling in all the appropriate ways, Raptvre utilize discord to its every advantage to fashion a sound that is orphic, ominous, and completely spellbinding. Not an album to be passed up by any means. Rating: 9.5 / 10

5. Rhodium (Athens, Greece, EUR)

Album: Sea of the Dead (Sliptrick Records)

Release Date: December 3rd, 2019

Genre: Progressive Power

Contemporaries: Holy Grail, White Wizzard, Savage Messiah, Scars of Armageddon

Greece’s Rhodium may be relative newcomers having only been formed in 2017, but their sound is one full of experience and talent. With a vocal range that reaches to the skies and soaring solos and riffs to match, Rhodium’s Sea of the Dead is ten tracks (one intro, nine full compositions) worth of progressive power metal illustriousness. Dig it, dig it now. Rating: 9 / 10

6. Seventh Circle (Santa Barbara, California, USA)

Album: Cycle of Violence DEMO (Caligari Records)

Release Date: November 29th, 2019

Genre: Blackened Doom n' Death

Contemporaries: Coffinworm, Lord Mantis, Wolvhammer, Immortal Bird

California has been a birthing ground for exceptional music since the middle of last century, so it comes with no surprise that another fantastic act has come forth from the land of golden dreams and gold itself. Santa Barbara’s Seventh Circle have brought forth a three-song demo, Cycle of Violence, that slays and destroys. Punishing, punitive, and ferocious, Seventh Circle’s Cycle of Violence DEMO has laid a bedrock-solid foundation, now let’s see what the future holds for this burgeoning act. Perhaps a killer EP or full-length in the new year? Let’s hope so, because this demo is the motherfucking shit! Rating: 9.75 / 10

That's all for now, venerated readers. May your Yule season be continually blessed, and thank you as always for reading and listening! \m/ \m/


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