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Heavy metal continued the year strong through February. The year’s second month provided some fun and exciting new takes on classic styles. Some of our favorite albums this month took our favorite genres like melodic death metal, thrash, and doom, and expanded upon them in exciting ways.
Fluid Existential Inversions by Intronaut
Intronaut is a progressive metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band’s sixth studio album is a trippy and atmospheric ride from start to finish. Fluid Existential Inversions is a masterclass in odd time signatures and expert use in dynamics.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=3016113898 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]
1692 by Frayle
Frayle hails from Cleveland, Ohio. The band was formed in 2017 by Sean Bilovecky and Gwyn Strang. 1692 is a haunting experience with dark and doomy instrumentals. Gwyn’s ethereal vocals pulsate throughout the album. The pacing of the album results in a cycle of tensions building and releasing.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=2844130517 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]
Cycle of Suffering by Sylosis
After a short hiatus starting in 2016, Sylosis has come back in big way. While Cycle of Suffering sounds like a modern metal album, it features elements from classic thrash and melodic death metal. Syslosis has put together an album that, while intense and crushing, manages to be agile in it’s sound.
Reflections by Godthrymm
Godthrymm is a supergroup of veterans of the UK metal scene. The band focuses on heartfelt, crushing riffs. Reflections is heavy doom metal that hearkens back to the classics and evokes a melancholic sense of dread.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=1529389541 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]
Neaera by Neaera
Following the the band’s reformation in 2018, Neaera’s self-titled release is actually the band’s 7th studio album. Band leader, Tobias Buck, wanted to bring the sounds of classic Swedish Melodic Death Metal to Munster, Germany through Neaera. Driving melodic riffs are the name of the game when it comes to Neaera.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=868194500 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]
Mordrake by Xenobiotic
Mordrake is intense, high octane death metal. Thanks to its progressive and dynamic nature, Xenobiotic’s latest release ticks a lot of “genre boxes.” Mordrake is great example of how to be progressive, technical, and melodic without falling too deep into the stereotypes of each respective subgenre.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=376900741 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]
Featured Band of Month
Roadrash is the featured February metal band of the month! Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, this four-piece group is an exciting and energetic band embodying a modern take on bands Motörhead and Judas Priest.
Roadrash released their self-title EP through Metal Assault Records on February 21, 2020.
To find the best metal throughout the year, remember to check out our other episodes of “Month in Metal!”