Eden has abandoned us yet again, so, statistically speaking, we'll probably have Ahmed or Nick with us this week. I guess you'll have to guess whom'st'd've!? We talk about some news/drama, new releases, and mainstream-metal interactions. Namely Dallas Toler-Wade leaving Nile and getting replaced with Brian of Enthean. Then Cynic drama following the recent release of their demo tapes. Then some new music. Galactic Empire (and Anchorhead), Dodecahedron, Artificial Brain, Body Count, Linkin Park, Reaping Asmodeia, Ogarya, John Frum, Born of Osiris. Of course we talk about the dude singing Necrophagist at Canadian Voice. And the Grammys, namely Megadeth and Metallica. Post-recording note: New Nile lineup is awesome. I'm stoked now. That fist bump was amazing.
So, April has come and gone and now spring is here in earnest. While there was definitely a slow down in the SHEER VOLUME of releases from April, there definitely wasn't a decline in quality. May brought us some of our favorite albums from 2016 so far and some which are certain to feature on high spots in our end of year lists. Speaking of which, next month we won't be doing an Editors' Picks or rather, we will but it will be a special, Worth Your Time in 2016 so far edition. In the meantime, let's dig in to this month's selection, featuring some heavy, some sad and, mainly, a whole lot of excellent.
Greenville, South Carolina may not be your first guess when asked where the next big, modern tech/melodic death metal band might hail from, but apparently nobody told Enthean. The band, formed in 2012, quickly attracted attention with their demo recording, which effortlessly blended black metal, technical death metal and melodic death metal into a surprisingly effective musical concoction. Now, almost four years later, the band are set to release their debut, Priests of Annihilation, and they've done much to avoid resting on their laurels.