While January was in general a bit slow it still put out some solid albums, you can read more about my favorites here. Enter February though and it was a whole other level, the quality releases just kept on coming and I had a really hard time choosing my top 5 this month around. I can only imagine some months will be even harder two as there are ten more to go… Last month was filled with death metal from my part but you will find February had a more varied selection. The albums I pick from needs to be full-length releases (I didn’t mention that last month), but in the honorable mention section I will mention those too. Give the albums bellow a listen, comment on your own list (maybe I missed a release!?) and don’t forget to support the metal underground!
Album of the Month
Maybe not the strangest choice as the Scottish one-man army that is Saor is probably one of the most known acts within atmospheric black metal by now. Forgotten Paths is in my opinion his best release yet and it just keeps getting better with time. This is not just the album of the month, this is a contender for album of the year! Released February 15th via Avantgarde Music.
Who doesn’t love old school death metal and especially the filthy straight from the severs kind that adds some doom elements to it? That’s exactly what Ossuarium does and this is very well executed, hard to tell this is a debut album. A crushing debut that bulldozed its way to my heart. Released February 1st via 20 Buck Spin.
I know this album has got some harsh review from some sites but God dammit I love Rotten Christ and this is black metal 100% their way. I don’t think it’s their best album ever but 32 years down the road this band is still one of the best in the business and The Heretics is another solid effort that many bands wish was their own. Released February 15th via Season of Mist.
I am just a sucker for meaty death metal riffs, sue me. There are obviously a lot of bands from Sweden who plays the same kind of HM2 infused metal but not everyone does it as well as these guys, on their debut to boot! Their biggest influence is definitely coming from Bloodbath and in all honesty I think Fleshletting is on par with them at its peak. That speaks volume on how bright the future look for this band! Released February 22nd via Redefining Darkness Records.
Six albums in and I still think Grafvitnir is the best hidden secret from Sweden. Their whole discography is filled with Dissection worshiping black metal that will make any extreme metal fan headbang with joy. Venenum Scorpionis is another great offering to the black metal scene and I think it’s about time they get the respect they deserve. Released February 22nd via Carnal Records.
Relics of Humanity – Obscuration (Best EP of the month!)
Electrocution – Psychonolarty
Ulfven – Folklore
Blodhemn – Mot Ein Evig Ruin
Candlemass – The Door to Doom
Continuum – Designed Obsolescence
Phrymerial – Xenomorphic Creation
Lucidity – Oceanum