With so much great music out there and so much music that our staff reviews (and plenty that we don't), it can be difficult to keep up with it all and determine which releases are the most worth your time. Harnessing the wide-ranging and diverse tastes of our editorial staff, our monthly Editors' Picks column is our gift to you to guide you towards the music that's impacting us the most. You can read our picks from previous months right here. Ah, March! The end of winter is nigh, spring is nearly upon us, and the heavy hitters are preparing to unleash more music than we possibly know what to do with. Even though all of us here at Heavy Blog are practically salivating at everything that April has in store for us, this past month wasn't exactly shabby. We've got a lineup of some incredible albums for you to check out if you haven't already, and for the first time, we're also including a shortlist of other albums from the past month (metal or otherwise) that get our collective seal of approval. Also for the first time, you'll notice that we've installed a nifty little Spotify widget in our site sidebar featuring a playlist of said top picks from this past month. As always, feel free to share your own top picks in the comments, and without further ado, let’s dig in into this month’s offerings!
Atlantis Chronicles’ second LP reads at times like a play-by-play of the prog deathcore happenings of the last half-decade, but far from being stale, it injects new life into these tropes and makes for a breath of fresh air in the low-and-slow miasma that most of deathcore sticks to nowadays. Occasionally hindered by how safely these gentlemen stick to their pool of influences, Barton’s Odyssey is nevertheless an energetic, fluid, and refreshing record that reminds fans of progressive deathcore why they love this genre in the first place.
Drawing comparisons to Gorod and The Faceless most clearly, but echoing elements of Obscura and even Alaska-era Between The Buried And Me at times, "Within The Massive Stream" has a clear luster and sense of grandiosity that many bands in the world of technical death metal lack.