"6 Bands You May Not Know, But Should" - February 17th, 2020 Edition

1. Moloken (Holmsund, Sweden, EUR)

Album: Unveilance of Dark Matter (The Sign Records)

Release Date: January 31st, 2020

Genre: Progressive Post/Sludge

Contemporaries: Cult of Luna, The Ocean, Downfall of Gaia, Minsk

Although already well-established in their home territories of Sweden and Europe, it appears that the rest of the world is only now beginning to realize the genius of Moloken. Returning with their fourth full-length (and first since 2015), Unveilance of Dark Matter, Moloken have managed yet again to record an album that astounds and amazes. Abounding in dynamics, dreariness, and raw decadence, Unveilance of Dark Matter is Moloken’s masterstroke. Brilliantly produced and exceptionally composed, this album is without question one of the brightest highlights of early 2020. Rating: 9.75 / 10

2. Holycide (Madrid, Spain, EUR)

Album: Fist to Face (Xtreem Music)

Release Date: February 14th, 2020

Genre: Thrash/Speed

Contemporaries: Ultra-Violence, Crisix, Havok, Lich King

Spain’s metal community has grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple decades and it shows in the sheer quantity of releases that have been spewing forth from the Iberian Peninsula in recent months and years. Consequently, Madrid’s newest thrash sensation Holycide have offered up their sophomore full-length, Fist to Face, and if history is any indicator, then you can expect to see Holycidemaking the Stateside journey for a little facetime with the American metalheads very, very soon; for just as their Spanish thrash counterparts in Crisix have found success and adulation recently here in the States, then Holycide should wholly expect the same. Why? Because Holycide’s thrash is just as raucous, rancorous, and rowdy as any being made today, anywhere. Honestly, this is some sick shit. Get on it, con rapidez! Rating: 9 / 10

3. Bütcher (Antwerp, Belgium, EUR)

Album: 666 Goats Carry My Chariot (Osmose Productions)

Release Date: January 31st, 2020

Genre: Blackened Speed

Contemporaries: Midnight, Whipstriker, Hellripper, Aggressive Perfector

“So much potential” is the phrase that comes to mind when considering Antwerp, Belgium’s blackened speed newcomers Bütcher. Brusque, blatant, and thoroughly rambunctious, Bütcher have formed to make your ears bleed. Unfortunately, though, that’s precisely what the production of their latest album, 666 Goats Carry My Chariot, does (and not in a good way) when you attempt to turn it up loud: The highs are way too high, and a little less compression would go a long way to helping this album out, to be sure. Either way, though, the music contained within these nine unholy tracks is fantastic, and even despite the lackluster production, it is easy to imagine that seeing Bütcher live must be something to behold. Raw energy, rapidity, and most importantly, promise emanate from this album and this act. 666 Goats Carry My Chariot is worth the listen, yes, but be warned, do not crank it up without donning proper ear protection. Rating: 7.75 / 10

4. Nauthik (Cologne, Germany, EUR)

Album: Araganu (Auric Records)

Release Date: January 24th, 2020

Genre: Funeral Doom

Contemporaries: Mournful Congregation, Ahab, Skepticism, Bell Witch

Formed in 2015, Germany’s funeral doom neophytes Nauthikseek to make a splash with their debut full-length Araganu, and although the group may be short on seasoning, the maturity of their sound more than makes up for their lack of collective experience together. Nauthik bring forth the depressive doom in volumes on Araganu, a sixty-four-minute collection of slogging, lumbering metal nuanced with atmospheric haze and melancholic mist. As with all funeral doom, though, Araganustales slowly but surely, and by the end of the album, you can almost feel the pace withdrawal in your veins crying out to be satiated with some thrash or death metal. Still, Nauthik have put forth an album that is praiseworthy and respectable, and if dreamily nodding along to the slow pace of funeral doom is your thing, then Nauthik’s Araganu should completely suit your needs. Rating: 8 / 10

5. Krvsade (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)

Album: Judgement Day EP (Independent)

Release Date: January 31st, 2020

Genre: Deathrash

Contemporaries: Master, Possessed, Vader, Thanatos

Just getting their feet wet over the past few years, North Carolina’s Krvsade are ambitious to say the least. On their independently released debut EP Judgement Day, Krvsade top six-plus-minutes on two out of the three tracks, and although the production and the execution sound as though they are both still cutting teeth, the songwriting itself is complex, rich, and high-reaching. Keeping in mind that this act is still just coalescing as a unit, Judgement Day should act as a solid stepping-stone to Krvsade’s next natural steps of gigging live more, writing and recording a full-length, and then shopping it to some mid-level labels. Let’s see what the future holds for KrvsadeRating: 8 / 10

6. Turia (Amsterdam, Netherlands, EUR)

Album: Degen van Licht (Haeresis Noviomagi)

Release Date: February 14th, 2020

Genre: Atmospheric Black

Contemporaries: Drudkh, Earth and Pillars, Vukari, Fluisteraars

Extremely prolific in their brief existence, Turia haven’t beat around the bush since bursting onto the international scene in 2015. Degen van Licht (or “Epee of Light” in Dutch) is already Turia’s third full-length (and sixth overall release) to drop since forming, and it is also their most diverse, containing short interludes that clock in at less than two-and-a-half-minutes between sprawling, protracted compositions, many over eight minutes, and with the closer, “Ossifrage”, topping twelve. Easy to lose yourself in, Degen van Licht is another rock-solid release from Turia, and if you’ve never heard of them, change that right now by hitting that play button located below. You won't regret it. Rating: 8.5 / 10

That wraps up another edition of “6 Bands”, and hopefully you have enjoyed this batch of acts and albums! Until next time, stay metal always! Nunc Dimmitis. \m/


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