Breakdowns galore on Knocked Loose's death metal-infused sophomore album, though it's sometimes hard to tell one from the next.
Planetary Clairvoyance features more compositional versatility than its predecessor, but unfortunately a less impressive mix as well.
Horrendous takes a mighty step forward with the visceral and multi-faceted compositions that make up Idol.
I Loved You at Your Darkest is a solid blackened death metal album that's occasionally marred by Behemoth overextending itself, or treading the water it waded with The Satanist.
Plague Transmissions Vol. 1 is one of the ugliest and most standout death metal projects I've heard in a while.
Horrifying! Portal's Ion is one of the most dystopian and sound-rich technical death metal records of the decade.
The UK metal duo Slugdge is set to drop it's fourth full-length album in 2018, and this newest record is looking to be one the project's slimiest releases yet. As you may have already noticed from the title, much of what the band does is slug-themed (I think it's specifically giant space slugs, but don't quote me on that). However, don't let that weird narrative gimmick distract from the fact that Slugdge is one of the more versatile bands in the metal underground right now. Their sound is an even, seamless blend of progressive, death, black, and sludge metal--not something a lot of bands can pull off effectively.
While there are moments when I wish the production were a bit grimier, or that the vocals were a bit more distinct, Slugdge has got my respect. I mean, to be honest, the teaser track from this forthcoming record of theirs kicks the ass of nearly every cut from the new Mastodon album. That's gotta count for something, right?
The album's titled Esoteric Malacology, and is set to come out March 2 via Willowtip.