Bushwhacker – The False Dilemma

Sampled voices in music are hard to integrate properly, especially when they’re the first thing anybody is going to hear of your album; it can be tough for a band to properly find something that conveys the feeling they want to give across in their music, and sometimes the sample can contradict the truth of the album. Case in point: “it was a lazy, fucking, shit-ass job!” says the sampled voice at the beginning of Bushwhacker’s newest outing, Dilemma. Thankfully for us, it wasn’t, and this is album is a nice romp through progressive death metal that builds off of a melodic death metal framework to create punchy, visceral music that can shrug off some writing faults by virtue of its energy and engaging production.

Panopticon – Roads to the North

Panopticon has fast become a trusted name when it comes to the furtherance of black metal. The project, lead by Louisville area resident Austin Lunn, (relatively) broke out of obscurity with 2012 record Kentucky, an ode to the early 1900’s coal labor strikes and the protest songs born out of…