Petrychor creates colossal walls of sound mixed with almost ethereal passages and compelling folk sections, improved with Tad Piecka's impressive skill with finger-picking. The contrast between the raw, slightly muted guitars in the heavy sections and the gorgeous folk interludes really fascinates me. I hope Tad keeps creating awesome folk-tinged black metal because it's some of the best out there.
I love bands that branch out and mix genres. Yet I have to admit that I never would have thought that Black Metal and Bluegrass could work... Panopticon proves otherwise. An incredible album on a very interesting theme.
Atmospheric Black Metal is one of my favorite genres, but Progenie Terrestre Pura takes it to the next level with incredible sci-fi-esque soundscapes mixed amongst the brutal riffs. There are just enough electronic and ambient influences to make U.M.A. interesting without going over the top -- it's still a black metal record at the core.
Lastletters. creates raw, emotive melodic hardcore at its finest, IMO. The sheer amount of emotion on this record is amazing... And honestly it's almost like the lyrics are describing my life. So powerful, so brutal, so beautiful.