"6 Bands You May Not Know, But Should" - February 26th, 2020 Edition

1. Stoned God (Göttingen, Germany, EUR)

Album: Incorporeal (Independent)

Release Date: February 6th, 2020

Genre: Melodic/Progressive Death

Contemporaries: At the Gates, Abeyance, Neck of the Woods, Black Despair

Blasting out of Göttingen, Germany is the melodic/progressive death outfit Stoned God and their sophomore full-length, Incorporeal. Although not yet signed, an album like this can (and will) really put a band on the map. Ambitious, aggressive, well-produced, and brimming with top-flight tunes and powerful vocals, Incorporeal by Stoned God is an extraordinary effort from these German newcomers. Don’t sleep on ‘em! Rating: 9.25 / 10

2. Primeval Mass (Athens, Greece, EUR)

Album: Nine Altars (Katoptron IX Records)

Release Date: February 21st, 2020

Genre: Blackened Thrash/Speed

Contemporaries: Desaster, Deströyer 666, Bewitcher, All Hell

Originally formed just after the turn of the century as a one-man black metal project, Primeval Mass – the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Orth – has taken a bold leap in a new direction with the release of Nine Altars. While still layered thick with elements of black metal much akin to their previous works, the music on Nine Altars has now gone fully thrashed out, though, with heavy influences from acts like Desaster and Deströyer 666 on full display. Primeval Mass has brazenly flipped the script and chosen a new path for their sound, and it fucking works, so don’t be apprehensive! Get on it, immediately! Rating: 9.25 / 10

3. Isle of the Cross (California, USA)

Album: Excelsis (Rockshots Records)

Release Date: February 21st, 2020

Genre: Melodic/Progressive Metal

Contemporaries: Dark Tranquility, Scar Symmetry, Black Passage, Apotheus

Brand spankin’ new on the California metal scene is the melodic/progressive metal quartet Isle of the Cross. Coming in hot with their debut full length, Excelsis, Isle of the Cross bear a striking resemblance in sound and feel to the Gothenburg melodic death scene but blended with a scads of progressive American panache. Featuring rich vocals with occasional female backings, sweepingly symphonic synthesizers, and tried-and-true melodic/progressive metal rhythms, Excelsis is a remarkably mature album for a first effort. There’s some genuinely intriguing stuff here, and subsequently, Isle of the Cross show a ton of promise. Rating: 9.25 / 10

4. Saturnalia Temple (Stockholm, Sweden, EUR)

Album: Gravity (Listenable Records)

Release Date: February 21st, 2020

Genre: Psychedelic Pagan Doom

Contemporaries: Moab, Dirt Woman, Black Lung, Hex A.D.

Ominous, apotheosizing, and utterly mind-bending, Sweden’s Saturnalia Temple have been serving up their own unique brand of heathenistic, psychedelic doom since 2006, but their latest offering, Gravity, is far and away their darkest delve yet into the hallucinogenic depths of human consciousness and existence. Bizarre and otherworldly, Gravity’s eight compositions take you on a psilocybic trip through doom, despair, darkness, and self-discovery. Although not as driving as some of their past works, this concept album creates a pull that’s as inescapable as a black hole’s Gravity, allowing the listener to separate from this world and explore his or her own cosmic divinity in their own time and space. Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday night (or any night for that matter), eh? Spark one up and enjoy! Rating: 8.75 / 10

5. Kvaen (Sweden, EUR)

Album: The Funeral Pyre (Black Lion Records)

Release Date: February 28th, 2020

Genre: Blackened Speed

Contemporaries: Midnight, Hellripper, Bütcher, Aggressive Perfector

Another fresh outfit that’s born and bred from the mind singular, Sweden’s Kvaen is the solo project of Jakob Björnfot, and while all of the music may be his own, he got plenty of help during the recording process of his debut full-length, The Funeral Pyre, using four guest drummers, two guest guitarists, and an extra lyricist/vocalist along the way. What resulted was eight original compositions ranging in texture and feel from burning rage to surreal contemplation, and usually within the same tunes. Kvaen’s The Funeral Pyre is a solid, solid debut, and one that should not be passed by. Rating: 9.25 / 10

6. Fluisteraars (Bennekom, Netherlands, EUR)

Album: Bloem (Eisenwald)

Release Date: February 28th, 2020

Genre: Atmospheric/Folk Black

Contemporaries: Obsequiae, Vukari, Karg, The Ruins of Beverast

Crafting their sound for over a decade now, the Netherlands’ Fluisteraars (Dutch for “Whisperers”) seem poised to make the leap from regional stalwarts to international darlings with the release of their third full-length, Bloem. Entrancing, encompassing, and enthralling, Bloem contains five sinuous tracks that meander and bend through murky soundscapes and darkened dreams. At times almost trance-inducing, Fluisteraars’ Bloem displays a total command of the atmospheric black genre, with tossed in touches of folk flair to spice up the blend. This phenomenal effort comes highly recommended. Rating: 9.75 / 10

This hereby concludes the February 26th, 2020 edition of “6 Bands” from Hated One Metal Reviews. Hopefully you’ve found some new artists to love and adore and be sure to tune in next time for another batch of six fantastic new releases that you may have overlooked. Stay metal always! Nunc Dimmitis. \m/


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