Radu's Batch Of Worthwhile 2020 Stuff








About time I started doing year progress lists, and about time I stopped calling myself a noob. Let's see how far into the year I get before I get too lazy to update this. Probably farther than Mercurial.

Will include some non-metal stuff and some stuff that isn't on Bandcamp, so don't limit yourself to the cool Bandcamp embeds from above.

I wish I had the time to review every single album here. Instead I'll probably review some shitty Power metal to fill my self-imposed quotas. At least some of these I will get to review, or someone else will. Keep an eye on that.

Edit: Also fuck Bandcamp for not letting me pick to have the embeds start at the first track, and to have the album's cover art instead of the featured single's.

Created by: RaduP | 11.01.2020



1. Victory Over The Sun - A Tessitura Of Transfiguration
3rd Jan ~ Avant Black Metal ~ Oregon, USA ~ Independent ~ One (wo)man band with a very messy take on black metal, but it's a beautiful and cathartic mess.
2. Floral Tattoo - You Can Never Have A Long Enough Head Start
3rd Jan ~ Emo / Shoegaze ~ Washington, USA ~ Independent ~ How Loveless would sound like if it was made by a queer midwest emo band whose favorite band was Blink-182 once.
3. Vengeful Spectre - Vengeful Spectre
7th Jan ~ Black / Folk Metal ~ China ~ Pest ~ Chinese black metal where the folk part are clearly Chinese, and hopefully not another case of Ghost Bath.
4. Alexandra Savior - The Archer
7th Jan ~ Psychedelic / Indie Pop ~ Oregon, USA ~ 30th Century ~ A bit too close to Lana Del Rey, but the hazy dreamlike quality and the jazz feeling combined with the indie rock on this album make for a very fun listen.
5. Dragged Into Sunlight - Terminal Aggressor II
10th Jan ~ Atmo / Blackened Sludge ~ UK ~ Prosthetic ~ Apparently released by the label without the band's consent, so make sure not to pay one dime for it, but the one 28-minutes-long track absolutely leveled me.
6. Kassad - London Orbital
10th Jan ~ Post-Black Metal ~ UK ~ Hypnotic Dirge ~ Not a better fitting label name for this Kassad release, and also the London reference in the title makes me feel like this is atmo black metal's answer to Burial's Untrue.
7. Kawir - Adrasteia
10th Jan ~ Black Metal ~ Greece ~ Iron Bonehead ~ Part folky part traditional black metal take on Greek mythology tales of the vengeance of women.
8. Lotus Thief - Oresteia
10th Jan ~ Post ~ New York, USA ~ Prophecy ~ A less violent take that the previous entry on Greek tragedy, lush, suave and very focused on the balance between beautiful atmospheres and heaviness, with obvious emphasis on the former.
9. Poppy - I Disagree
10th Jan ~ Electropop / Alt Metal ~ California, USA ~ Sumerian ~ I am so happy we live in a world where Poppy released a pop metal mashup on Sumerian Records and it fucking slaps.
10. Vvilderness - Dark Waters
10th Jan ~ Post-Black Metal ~ Hungary ~ Unsigned ~ Another one of those post-bm one-man bands, black metal sections have some actual meat to them and the folk in it makes the atmosphere even more endearing.
11. Staurophagia - Sidereal Sacraments
10th Jan ~ Ambient Black Metal / Dark Ambient ~ Italy ~ Independent ~ More of a dark ambient album than a black metal one, there are still bits and pieces of raw black metal thrown in, but there are so drowned out by the ambiance of lost space.
12. Aiming For Enrike - Music For Working Out
10th Jan ~ Math Rock / Dance Punk ~ Norway ~ Pecula Records ~ Admittedly I haven't tried to work out on this record just yet, but the jammy dance-able and immensely groovy energy on this one doesn't make it hard to imagine that it would be fitting.
13. Yoth Iria - Under His Sway
13th Jan ~ Black Metal ~ Greece ~ The core of this band is two ex-Rotting Christ members, who were also part of some big names like Varathron, Necromantia and Thou Art Lord, and it's not very good news for Rotting Christ that this 3 songs EP is more exciting than anything they did last decade.
14. Body Void - Body Void​ / ​Keeper [Split]
15th Jan ~ Sludge ~ California, USA ~ Roman Numeral Records ~ I'm not gonna say no to more punishing claustrophobic sludge from Body Void, and this also proves it's high time we got a Keeper full length.
15. Adrian Tăbăcaru - Lucifer - A Rock Opera
15th Jan ~ Prog Metal Opera ~ Romania ~ Independent ~ Based on the epic poem by Mihai Eminescu, this metal opera along with its video by Costin Chioreanu do it enough justice, but the music and the video work the best together.
16. Ether Coven - Everything Is Temporary Except Suffering
17th Jan ~ Post/Sludge Metal ~ Florida, USA ~ Century Media Records ~ Sludge with both a very depressive post edge to it as well as loads of metalcore, their first on a big label and since changing their name, and it seems to have worked well for them. Get this thing on Bandcamp for fuck's sake.
17. Garganjua - Toward The Sun
17th Jan ~ Doom Metal ~ UK ~ Holy Roar Records ~ Kinda stoner, kinda post, kinda prog, mostly doom, very expansive and absolutely gorgeous.
18. Grin - Transluscent Blades
17th Jan ~ Sludge Metal ~ Germany ~ Crazysane Records ~ When I say that this sludge album is bassy I fucking mean it, plus the clean vocals are really cool and give the songwriting a lot more dynamism, though it wasn't lacking without it.
19. L'Homme Absurde - Belong
17th Jan ~ Post-Black Metal ~ Russia ~ Independent ~ Another great example of a Russian band blending black metal, post-rock and hardcore to great effect, some of the most beautiful black metal of this year so far.
20. Horned Almighty - To Fathom The Master's Grand Design
17th Jan ~ Black Metal ~ Denmark ~ Scarlet Records ~ Didn't expect to like such a traditional black metal that much, but they take some kinda punky black/death sound and play it so damn well.
21. Algiers - There Is No Year
17th Jan ~ Post-Punk / Soul ~ UK ~ Matador ~ The most moody and restrained Algiers album, missed some of the energy of the previous records, but makes up for it in the brooding synthy mood it offers.
22. Die Like Gentlemen - Stories
18th Jan ~ Acoustic ~ Oregon, USA ~ Independent ~ An acoustic take on Die Like Gentleman's usual progressive sludge/doom sound, with a fuller sound than just some acoustic guitars, and some damn great thunderous vocals.
23. Sivyj Yar - Горе
24th Jan ~ Pagan Black Metal ~ Russia ~ Avantgarde Music ~ Black metal with clear eastern European folk influence that doesn't overly use acoustic guitars, and also has the best production value of any Sivyj Yar album I heard.
24. Jordablod - The Cabinet Of Numinous Song
24th Jan ~ Black Metal ~ Sweden ~ Iron Bonehead ~ A black metal record that actually knows how to use some intricate guitar work that almost borders on surf rock on times.
25. Konvent - Puritan Masochism
24th Jan ~ Death/Doom Metal ~ Denmark ~ Napalm ~ Lady death doom that both creates a dark monolithic atmosphere and also absolutely crushes.
26. Marko Hietala - Pyre Of The Black Heart
24th ~ Folk ~ Finland ~ Nuclear Blast ~ I've always had a soft spot for Marco's singing in Nightwish, especially with the folkier direction of the last albums, surprised it took so long for him to release a solo album.
27. Crowhurst - Crowhurst And Gavin Bryars Present: Incoherent American Narrative [Collaboration]
24th Jan ~ Ambient ~ Prophecy ~ I suppose I should be schooled for not having known who Gavin Bryars is before this, but considering his massive output and apparent prestige, it's great to see Crowhurst and him working together to make one of the most meditative and awe-inspiring ambient albums out there.
28. Mortiis - Spirit Of Rebellion
24th Jan ~ Dungeon Synth ~ Norway ~ Dead Seed ~ I'm not that familiar with Mortiis' output, but it seems like a return to their dungeon synth sound, a sound I honestly haven't explored nearly enough so it still sounds like old school video game music to me and I dig it.
29. Thy Catafalque - Naiv
24th Jan ~ Avant-Garde Metal ~ Hungary ~ Season Of Mist ~ Amazing how consistently great Thy Catafalque are, even if neither Naiv nor Geometria were as good as Meta or Regenteg, but Naiv integrates Geometria's influences and sounds much better than it.
30. Death. Void. Terror. - To The Great Monolith II
24th Jan ~ Ambient Black Metal ~ Switzerland ~ Repose ~ One of those black metal records that feel claustrophobically dense, like being dragged through a very dense void, as contradictory as that sounds.
31. Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Patchouli Blue
24th Jan ~ Dark Jazz ~ Germany ~ Ipecac ~ Dark, moody and jazzy as one remembers Bohren, but suprisingly much more consistent than the last few records, but it still feels too much like background music, as immersive as it is.
32. Zalmoxis - A Nocturnal Emanation
31st Jan ~ Black Metal ~ Germany ~ Signal Rex ~ A great black metal EP about wet dreams, where all of the instruments really fall into place to create great atmosphere but they're still overshadowed by the great vocals.
33. Yuri Gagarin - The Outskirts Of Reality
31st Jan ~ Space Rock ~ Sweden ~ Kommun 2 ~ Take a stride through cosmic haze and otherworldly lifeforms. Much more dynamic than their previous albums but just as juicy.
34. Leeched - To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse
31st Jan ~ Metalcore ~ UK ~ Prosthetic ~ As abrassive as I've ever heard metalcore go, plenty of pace changes and most importantly plenty of heart.
35. Lorna Shore - Immortal
31st Jan ~ Metalcore ~ New Jersey, USA ~ Century Media ~ You know a metalcore band is gonna hit big when their cover art looks more like an atmospheric black metal album than a metalcore one.
36. Obsidian Tongue - Volume III
31st Jan ~ Atmospheric Black Metal ~ Bilderun ~ It takes a duo of Thrawsunblat and Falls Of Rauros members to create a proper atmospheric black metal album in 2020.
37. Apep - The Invocation Of The Deathless One
31st Jan ~ Death Metal ~ Germany ~ Independent ~ Move over, Nile! We have a new Egyptian mythos worship death metal band in town, as much as I wish they had the suffocating atmosphere of earlier Nile, they're still ahead of last decade Nile.
38. Deathwhite - Grave Image
31st Jan ~ Melodic Doom / Gothic Metal ~ Pennsylvania, USA ~ Season Of Mist ~ For some newer music of a kind that seemed all the rage a decade ago, Deathwhite seem to hit that gloomy foreboding feeling just right to not feel too derivative.
39. Destroyer - Have We Met
31st Jan ~ Synthpop / Art Pop ~ Canada ~ Merge ~ Rarely does a synthpop record not only not sound like a retro rehash, but actually have an artsy sense of cool and poetry.
40. Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar
31st Jan ~ Neo-Psychedelia / Indietronica ~ New York ~ Domino ~ A synthy voyage through euphoric lands, consistently dreamlike and surprisingly emotionally resonant.
41. Ygg - The Last Scald
5th Feb ~ Atmospheric Black Metal ~ Ukraine ~ Ashen Dominion ~ A quite unexpected comeback, Ygg bring back atmospheric black metal as blood chilling as you usually remember Ukrainian atmospheric black metal being.
42. Lugubrum - Plage Chômage
7th Feb ~ Avantgarde ~ Belgium ~ Those Opposed Records ~ Self described farmer metal band, Lugubrum bring their experimental black metal sound to new dimension by almost completely dropping the metal, leaving behind bass grooves, eerie melodies and something that sounds like cursed polka.
43. The Spirit - Cosmic Terror
7th Feb ~ Black / Death Metal ~ Germany ~ Art Of Propaganda ~ As much as this looks like a tech death album, it's some blackened death that feels cold, angry and maybe just a bit of that angst that fits the album title.
44. Envy - The Fallen Crimson
7th Feb ~ Screamo / Post-Rock ~ Japan ~ Pelagic ~ More of their blend of vitriolic screamo, cathartic spoken word and ethereal post-rock, sometimes finding itself at odds with itself, but always feeling overwhelming in what it does.
45. Sylosis - Cycle Of Suffering
7th Feb ~ Melodeath / Tech Thrash Metal ~ UK ~ Nuclear Blast ~ Riffs upon riffs upon riffs. Not as good as what came before it, but it's good to have them back regardless.
46. Sepultura - Quadra
7th Feb ~ Groove Thrash / Alternative ~ Brazil ~ Nuclear Blast ~ When a new era Sepultura album can turn around a lot of their nay-sayers, you know they're doing something right, in this case is approaching four different sounds in one album.
47. Sons Of A Wanted Man - Kenoma
7th Feb ~ Post Black Metal ~ Belgium ~ Les Acteurs de L'Ombre ~ Some post-black metal that makes the most of all of its components, whether post-metal, black metal, post-rock, shoegaze or hardcore, it all feels like it packs a punch here.



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12.01.2020 - 16:14
ZafÞ
Phlegmish
Kawir is such a good band but I always forget to listen to them until they release something new. Something about them just isn't that memorable.
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12.01.2020 - 16:16
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by ZafÞ on 12.01.2020 at 16:14

Kawir is such a good band but I always forget to listen to them until they release something new. Something about them just isn't that memorable.

Shhh, don't let nik hear you.
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16.01.2020 - 22:13
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by ZafÞ on 12.01.2020 at 16:14

Kawir is such a good band but I always forget to listen to them until they release something new. Something about them just isn't that memorable.

Bitch please, you must be smokin rocks
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Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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18.01.2020 - 10:16
LuciferOfGayness
Pain in the ass
The bad thing with doing year lists imo is that you end up listening to so much average and bad stuff. I will just sit back this year and be served, how do I know whats good here?
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"Every night, full of drugs and liquor, I see, floating above my bed, the Devil.
This woman in white dress, Satan Herself.
She's beautiful. She's there for me. Translucent.
I'm in love with her."
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18.01.2020 - 11:03
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by LuciferOfGayness on 18.01.2020 at 10:16

The bad thing with doing year lists imo is that you end up listening to so much average and bad stuff. I will just sit back this year and be served, how do I know whats good here?

This is generally stuff I found worthwhile from the year. Some of it might be taken off the list, some more might get added, as I'm processing every new big release day. Obviously you might think some of the stuff here is not worth your time, but I can't model my list for everybody's taste.

Knowing you, I'd say that out of the ones so far you'll like Victory Over The Sun and that think I sent you in a PM but you didn't reply.
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18.01.2020 - 11:27
LuciferOfGayness
Pain in the ass
Written by RaduP on 18.01.2020 at 11:03

Written by LuciferOfGayness on 18.01.2020 at 10:16

The bad thing with doing year lists imo is that you end up listening to so much average and bad stuff. I will just sit back this year and be served, how do I know whats good here?

This is generally stuff I found worthwhile from the year. Some of it might be taken off the list, some more might get added, as I'm processing every new big release day. Obviously you might think some of the stuff here is not worth your time, but I can't model my list for everybody's taste.

Knowing you, I'd say that out of the ones so far you'll like Victory Over The Sun and that think I sent you in a PM but you didn't reply.

When I think of it, I am a bit tired of my own taste and how it selects what I should liten to, its quite unsurprising. I will try to listen to everything you add here.

Victory Over The Sun sounds decent, stays a bit too safe though.
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"Every night, full of drugs and liquor, I see, floating above my bed, the Devil.
This woman in white dress, Satan Herself.
She's beautiful. She's there for me. Translucent.
I'm in love with her."
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18.01.2020 - 12:05
nikarg
Old Nick
Great photo. I'll be visiting this often because you clearly know better what I like than I do myself.
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18.01.2020 - 13:34
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by nikarg on 18.01.2020 at 12:05

Great photo. I'll be visiting this often because you clearly know better what I like than I do myself.

Listen to Kawir
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17.02.2020 - 21:02
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
The Spirit is What would you recommend to me from this list?
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17.02.2020 - 21:16
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by LeKiwi on 17.02.2020 at 21:02

The Spirit is What would you recommend to me from this list?

Lotus Thief, Aiming For Einrike and Dan Deacon
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17.02.2020 - 22:58
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by nikarg on 18.01.2020 at 12:05

I'll be visiting this often because you clearly know better what I like than I do myself.


Get a room.
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19.02.2020 - 17:10
nikarg
Old Nick
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 17.02.2020 at 22:58

Get a room.

We already have one.
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