By Sarah Kitteringham
CALGARY – Anyone who is heavily invested in heavy metal knows that every year is a good year for releases. 2018 has been no different: as per usual, the amount of intriguing, strong releases unveiled by newcomers in 2018 has been staggering.
Instead of focusing on the obvious bands this year I’m going to focus on the best releases by the unknown and the (mostly) unsigned. Without further ado…
10. Grendel’s Sÿster – Orphic Gold Leaves/ Orphische Goldblättchen
Do you dig reallllllllly obscure metal like Lordian Guard, with a dash of Lord Weird Slough Feg and Wytch Hazel? Reiterating ancient myths, this bizarre and intriguing blend of German and English sung metal incorporates folk and freakery to infinitely listenable affect.
9. Temple of Abandonment -Chasm of the Horned Pantheon: Through Your Death, They Live
Vancouver death doom that evokes diSEMBOWELMENT in its own gut churning, glacial, monstrous way.
8. Hitter – 2018 Demo
If your #bestlife Friday night is slamming cheap beer in a basement yell talking over your friends, then Hitter will feed right into your primal urges. Think the Plasmatics or Bitch – party metal supreme.
7. Rough Spells – Modern Kicks for the Solitary Witch
This Toronto quartet makes the catchiest witch’n’roll you’ll ever hear, full stop.
6. Chapel of Disease – …And As We Have Seen The Storm, We Have Embraced The Eye
Intriguing death metal with a guitarist that would full on fit into Dire Straits… Check out this malevolent, experimental hell beast.
5. Old Mother Hell – Old Mother Hell
This German epic doom band makes Barbarian metal, referencing Gates of Slumber and Minotauri in their valiant and thunderous tunes. Must buy.
4. Svrm- Лихиї вітри стогнуть без упину
Atmospheric, freezing, Ukrainian black metal that twists and turns in gut wrenching ways.
3. Hexripper- Demo 2018
What would happen if Motörhead and Venom decided to make eternal sleaze punk baby? Hexripper. Hexripper would happen.
2. Throne of Iron – Demo 2018
Unpolished trad metal with weirdly reverberating vocals and excellent songwriting. This band has been justifiably exploding, signing to No Remorse Records.
This unorthodox doom metal band is absurdly catchy. Their debut EP runs through four songs, effortlessly skirting between lurching epic doom and perfectly integrated black metal. Buy or die!Chapel of Disease, Dionysiaque, Grendel's Sÿster, Hexripper, Hitter, Old Mother Hell, Rough Spells, Svrm, Temple of Abandonment, Throne of Iron