With June slowly approaching, I decided to take a quick look at what’s due out in the next few weeks. There wasn’t much that really caught my eye to be honest, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised before. With a few exceptions already made in the reviews section, I decided to discuss which albums over the course of this month I believe will stick out the most. This is my top five projected must own albums of June, 2013.
#5: Suidakra: Eternal Defiance
Suidakra is one of those bands who just usually hits the spot thanks to their somewhat unique blend of styles. Known for mixing a Folk Metal foundation with Death Metal and Melodic Black Metal to create a genuinely engaging experience more often than not. There’s also the growth factor to look at, as their first album, Lupine Essence, debuted in 1997 to rather positive remarks. Since then, nine more albums have been released, all of which earning consistant scored and positive feedback from fans and critics alike. If Suidakra continues this trend, then Eternal Defiance definitely will not fail to please.
It also doesn’t hurt that their new video for “March of Conquest” is simply a solid lead single.
#4: Necronomicon: Rise of the Elder Ones
Many a year ago, I happened upon the album The Sacred Medicines by Canada’s own Necronomicon, and it gave way to one of the longest waiting games I ever had to suffer through, only to be greeted by The Return of the Witch, which let me down in many ways. Either way, Necronomicon is one of the most overlooked bands in the Death Metal world, and that’s more than likely due to their only having three albums, an EP, and a demo despite forming back in 1988. Rise of the Elder Ones shouldn’t be one to dismiss right away due to their previous effort, and is definitely a recording any self-respecting Death Metal fan should be on alert for. If you still need convincing, the song “From Beyond” is making its rounds on the trusty ol’ Youtube, and is well worth taking five minutes out of your day to hear.
#3: Fejd: Nagelfar
In 2010, I got to review Fejd‘s album, Eifur, which I did enjoy a good deal of. This Folk Rock group has been around since the start of 2001, and has shown consistant growth with each near album. With only two albums under their belt, all met with a decent amount of praise. Either way, each effort still ends up solid enough to keep listeners coming back, and given their recent music video, “Den Skimrande,” even if this isn’t an awe-inspiring recording worthy of album of the year, it does at least show signs of a potentially solid recording from start to finish that you could easily unwind to.
#2: Amon Amarth: Deceiver of the Gods
Amon Amarth‘s follow-up to 2011’s Sutur Rising also drops later this month, and it’s a highly anticipated recording. As a fan, I’m definitely looking forward to this latest Death Metal opus, finding me wanting to find out if they are going back more to their roots, or still expanding on the recent epic compositions. I’ve interviewed the band twice, I have all their albums, and finally saw them live just recently in Allentown, Pennsylvania. All of those events have been rather memorable. However, I’m uncertain about Deceiver of the Gods, and want to hear more than the title track to see if this is more than just a typical Amon Amarth album. This isn’t a bad thing, but so far it feels like an unjust follow-up given the strengths of the previous release.
#1: The Devil’s Blood: III – Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars
When I first heard The Devil’s Blood, I wasn’t too sure what to take from it. All I knew is that I liked it. Since then, I’ve been a loyal fan, though never able to afford their albums when they came out. III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars marks the final album from the band as well, which was announced at the start of this year. It’s terrible to see such a band fade into nothingness as they have called this decision, but it’s always best to go out on top and leave the people wanting more. The Devil’s Blood has come a long way despite not really having been around too long, and their impact on the recent Rock and Psychadelic Rock revivals is simply unquestionable. It is with this album we are forced to bid farewell, though in the back of my mind I can’t help but feel we’ll see them all together again sooner than we think. But, for now, we can all feast on “White Storm of Teeth” and brace ourselves for the final impact.