August offered up a ton of new music. With plenty to choose from, I managed to whittle down the embarrassment of metallic riches into my six favorite releases from this month, in alphabetical order. Be sure to let me know which ones were your favorite this month!
Black Fast – Terms of Surrender
The label-debut album and second studio album from St. Louis’s neo-thrash quartet, Black Fast, is an absolute ripper. The death/old-school thrash metal influences of producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel) definitely ooze into the tracks of Terms of Surrender, and it is most-welcomed.
Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction
Travis Ryan & co.’s seventh studio album, The Anthropocene Extinction, is their best yet in my opinion. The album focuses on the results of mankind’s ill treatment of the environment and boasts guest features from Philip H. Anselmo, Author & Punisher, and Jurgen Bartsch of Bethlehem. The album was produced by Dave Otero (who also handled Khemmis’s incredible debut earlier this year). Deathgrind defined, Cattle Decapitation are progressively getting better and a little more experimental with their sounds, and it is bludgeoning music to my ears.
Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Ms. Wolfe’s latest album, Abyss, is beautifully haunting in its execution and worthy of all the praise it has received thus far. Make sure to check out my review of it here.
Dreadnought – Bridging Realms
I’m a sucker for bands that play more than just guitars and drums. Bringing in atypical musical instruments only enhances the listening experience of a band and sets them apart from acts within their cohort. Colorado’s Dreadnaught does just that with much ease. Their inclusion of the flute, keyboards, mandolin, and saxophone in their progressive folk metal sound has made Bridging Realms really stand out from other albums that fall into that progressive metal sound. I am also a huge fan of Dreadnought’s dual, female vocals. It is something that is new to me and makes this album much more unique.
Ghost – Meliora
Check out my review for Ghost’s modern metal masterpiece here. Nothing has changed as it is still an album of the year candidate.
Rivers of Nihil – Monarchy
Reading, PA’s Rivers of Nihil destroyed any possibility of a sophomore slump with their latest effort, Monarchy. It represents a magnificent lesson in technical death metal. Rivers of Nihil manage to carefully not stray far from what they do best while dabbling in elements of other genres. Monarchy is a big step up from what was a very great debut in A Conscious Seed of Light.