The first month of the year has come to pass and with that the first albums of the month article of 2020 is now live. I did mention I could be a bit late on my articles due to recently becoming a dad and this is one of those cases as I simply didn’t have the time to sit down with this. I’ve had a long list of bands but it was tough to get through it all, not only time wise but this was actually a very strong field of albums to kickstart 2020 in style! January is usually a slow month (was in 2019 for example) but not this time around. We got bands such as Lorna Shore, Wormhole and Svarttjern releasing their best material yet while we also got wicked full-length debut albums that packs a punch in Berzerker Legion and Sallow Moth just to name a few examples. Here is me hoping 2020 will be another strong year for metal and that this incredible start pushes the rest of the bands to release their best material yet.
Album of the month:
All drama aside Lorna Shore has lived up to the hype and released their by far strongest album to date. Not only that I think it’s one of the best deathcore albums in years! Together with bands such as Shadow of Intent and AngelMaker they are pushing the genre forward to reach new grounds.
I liked Dødsskrik a lot but with Shame is Just a Word Svarttjern has become even darker and evolved their sound to new levels. We already got a contender for the best black metal album of the year. This is fantastic and the best album so far by Svarttjern where they’ve truly managed to capture the essence of old black metal with the more modern touches. You can read the review here.
This is just a wicked full-length debut album from Sallow Moth. The Larval Hope is the best old school death metal album I’ve heard so far this year. It packs a punch and is varied enough, with high quality, to keep you wanting to spin this again and again. You can read the review here.
What can I say I’m a sucker for catchy death metal! Berzerker Legion is something as rare as a supergroup (with members from Vader, Dark Funeral, Hypocrisy, Asphyx and Wombbath) that works and delivers a superb album.
While Genesis was solid it might have lacked some bits to make it stand out and be a long lasting album in my playlists I find The Weakest Among Us bringing all the right stuff. You can read the review here.
More great albums of January:
Frogg – A Reptilian Dystopia
Aseptic – Cascading Fluids
Unbounded Terror – Faith in Chaos
Blighted – Silhouette of the Sun
Diabology – Nobody Believes Me
Waldhexen – Ego Canus Lunam Cano
Vvilderness – Dark Waters
Svrm – Занепад
Vengeful Spectre – 殞煞 Vengeful Spectre
Kataphraktoi – Ursinne
Unreqvited – Mosaic II: La déteste et la détresse
Empire of the Moon – Εκλειψις
Erdling – Yggdrasil
Kaoteon – Kaoteon
Horned Almighty – To Fathom the Master’s Grand Design
Blasphemer – The Sixth Hour
Impiety – Versus All Goods
Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic
Necropsy – Exitus
Dead End Finland – Inter Vivos
Kawir – Αδράστεια
Slave One – Omega Disciples
Defiled – Infinite Regress
Despondent – The Cosmic Horror
Frigoris – ….in Stille
Reincarnage – Reap
Child of Waste – Hunger Made Man
Aethyrick – Gnosis
Coffin Curse – Ceased To Be
Invictus – The Catacombs Of Fear
Dawn of Solace – Waves
Into Pandemonium – Darkest Rise
Nattverd – Styggdom
The Absolution Sequence – Silent King
One Vote For Violence – Desolation
Dark Usurper – Mortal Dissonance
I, Delusionist – Catharsis
Jordablod – The Cabinet of Numinous Song
Vananidr – Damnation
Macabre Demise – Awakening
Obsidian Tongue – Volume III