Decided to do a half-year wrap up. Make my job a little easier come December since I already heard so much stuff already.
20. Wrekmeister Harmonies - You've Always Meant So Much To Me
Wrekmeister Harmonies is JR Robinson a video/sound artist from Chicago. He along with an ensemble of other musicians of his choosing to help bring about his vision, form the band at any given moment or performance. This time bringing along Jef Whitehead (Leviathan), Bruce LaMont (Yakuza), Drew Markuszewski (Avichi, ex-Nachtystium), producer Sanford Parker and few others for the recording of this album. The album is a mammoth near 40 minute drone piece which incorporates elements of post metal, black metal and doom, for the most punishing climax I've heard to a song in a really long time.
19. Black Sabbath - 13
What can be said about this album really? It shows 3/4 of Sabbath in the finest shape they've been in a long time. Ozzy hasn't sounded this good since Ozzmosis. Plus Tony and Gezzer are on fire nearly the entire time, bringing riff after riff and bass line after incredible bass line. The drumming may be uninspired and the band may run out of steam at moments but who cares because they pick themselves right back up again. Offering up two stone cold classics in "Age of Reason" and "Damaged Soul". We got an album that can sit side by side with the first six and for me that's all that really matters.
18. Altar of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury
The third album by Altar of Plagues sees them completely veering off the path so to speak. Totally throwing away the template they had been using since White Tomb. They regress to a more frenzied grinding style of black metal that also throws elements of folk, electronic and industrial music. Best shown on the haunting "Burnt Year". While the new direction may not be fully developed yet, it's an exciting new beginning not just for the band but for black metal.