Coffinworm - IV.I.VIII (9) Awesome album from beginning to end. My first real joy of the year. Song in particular "Instant Death Syndrome"
Cara Neir - The Overwatch (8) This EP has a lot of different things going for it. My only real complaint is the songs are way to short. Whenever a song hits its high point you just wish it would last. Bits of Black and Grind chopped up in an experimental blender makes for a fun quick listen.
Noctem - Exilium (8) Brutal, Melodic and just the right amount of a Thrash element. Some songs could have used a little more work and this album could have easily been a 9 or even a 10 in my book. Still a very enjoyable album though. I'll be very interested to see what they do in future albums.
Graveborne - Through The Window Of The Night (8) I really enjoyed this album. Nothing that drags on and is to the point. Plenty of riffs to bang your head to. The louder you can play this album, the better.
Soreption - Engineering The Void (8) Guitar work was good enough to keep me entertained. The drums seemed very lacking. Like they were only trying to do just enough to keep up with the music. Overall though this album was a nice ride.
Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi (7) I was a really big fan of this bands last release but this one wasn't as good in my opinion. There are definitely a lot of good things about this album but what some would consider "being original" can sometimes just be annoying.
Al-Namrood - Heen Yadhar Al Ghasq (7) Music wise I feel this album is an 8 but more often than not the vocals kind of took me out of it but they are from Saudi Arabia.
Suicidal Angels - Divide And Conquer (7) When it comes to thrash I never focus on the singer at all (unless it's ridiculously annoying). It's all about the music itself. For what it was I enjoyed this album. Plus I've been a sucker for stuff coming from Greece lately. Nothing special but if your a fan of D.R.I.'s later stuff you should enjoy this album pretty well.
Shroud Of Despondency - Tied To A Dying Animal (7) Well this album apparently is broken up into two parts. Part 1 (Tracks 1-8) While I thought there were some decent sounds here most of the time it lead to nothing. Every build up would just dissipate or turn into something nowhere near as good as what got it there. Part 2 (Tracks 9-16) are all chill acoustic songs. Most are a good listen but nothing extra special about them. I actually preferred them over anything from Part 1 though.
Magenta Harvest - Volatile Waters (6) This wasn't all bad but it did nothing to impress me. I felt it just sounded to generic. It could be acceptable background music at best.