April 21, 2020

Riff Spreader Best of February-March

[At the Metal Bandcamp international headquarters the quarantine days blur into each other and everything is running late. But over on Twitter Riff Spreader has been very busy, and here's 15 of his best picks from February and March. As always there's no fash trash. Just righteous riffs.]
[At the Metal Bandcamp international headquarters the quarantine days blur into each other and everything is running late. But over on Twitter Riff Spreader has been very busy, and here's 15 of his best picks from February and March. As always there's no fash trash. Just righteous riffs.]

Artwork by Sludgework


Thankfully antifascist blackgaze band Awenden's new album Golden Hour came through on time. Got around to listening to the full album and while yes, there are blackgaze elements here, there’s also a hefty dose of killer death doom. Way more prevalent than in their debut. I’m really into this.



Melodic black metal from China that incorporates Chinese folk instrumentals with searing riffs and bad ass solos. Did I mention the vocals are great? This kills.


Artwork by Timmmnnn

Oh my, and I cannot stress this enough, GOD. This Nebulium EP Grow is fucking killer. Progressive death metal from the gods.



Just discovered this Widziadło album from a few years ago. This is stellar atmospheric/cosmic black metal.


Artwork by Trez Laforge

Oh shit, Feminazgul just dropped a new album! And.. it's so good.


Artwork by Margoat

Olhava released a new album today that’s probably going to end up being one of the best, if not the best, blackgaze albums of the year.


Artwork by Misanthropic Art.

This Atavisma/Void Rot split from Everlasting Spew Records is just one stellar release among many from this killer label. While you're buying this (you fucking better), peruse the rest of their catalog for several (death) metal gems.



Begotten does DSBM with punk-influenced riffs. Really, really good shit here.


Artwork by Adam Burke.

The new Rotting Kingdom album A Deeper Shade of Sorrow came out today. This is top shelf death doom that you should not sleep on.


Artwork by Tom is the Bastard.

There’s a new 2 song 7” from Ancst and I don’t have to tell you it’s good. Ancst is a b(r)and you can trust. Bit of a different vibe from these guys on this one. I like the branching out. Plus it’s probably the sharpest sounding they’ve been.


Artwork by Al Woody/Healing Ways Artistry.

Native American raw black metal with reverb drenched tormented screams. "Dedicated to all the indigenous people of this brown continent, from the north to the south to the east and the west."


Artwork by Valeria Metsker/Blood Art.

Skam slaps so fucking hard. This is one of those times when I go "oh right, THAT’S why I got into grindcore!"



Is Violet Cold going to be the first black metal band on the radio? Some of this is straight up EDM pop. And by the way it's really fucking good.



Found some stellar antifascist blackgaze by It Only Ends Once. There’s a lot of screamo/skramz influence here, but it also has that DSBM strain running through it that makes it distinctly black metal. Plus fuck fascists.



I’ve been trying to tell y’all that Hagetisse was legit. The new album The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin is next level hypnotic, violent black metal.

6 comments:
  1. I'm pretty disappointed in myself for not being privy to 90% of these releases, but I'm wicked thankful to have that changed. Very promising selection here, yo, thanks for the suggestions!

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    1. Absolutely no shame in that. No matter how deep you dig into the underground more good stuff keeps turning up. It's pretty much impossible to keep track of it all.

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    2. ONLY AMG HIMSELF CAN TELL ME HOW TO FEEL!

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    3. Too late. You serve two masters now muhahaha :-D

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    4. Oh God what have I done...

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    5. Good. You've done nothing but good.

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