If it’s late February, it must be time for the Records o’ the Month for January! Yep, new year, same dawdling around with the Records o’ the Month. You see, when you listen to music as hard as we do at AMG, sometimes it takes a while to recover and reflect on all the things we heard. Other times we’re just busy, but mostly we suffer from the fourth deadly sin (look it up or go watch Seven). Since January wasn’t exactly a barn burner of a month, we’ll keep this short and sweet.

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Blackfinger // Blackfinger – With several diehard Trouble fans on staff and the last Trouble album being such a non-event, the solo project by their former singer Eric Wagner was received with open arms and desperate expectations. Luckily for workplace tranquility, the man delivered a winning combination of classic Trouble, The Beatles and morose psychedelia. It’s  also a surprisingly personal, intimate album and Mr. Fisting summed it up thusly: “Even though I’ve been listening to Eric Wagner’s music for two decades, I feel like we barely knew the guy until now.” January’s Record o’ the Month is an interesting piece of music and a must hear for expat Trouble fans looking for a new home.

Runners Up:

Lvcifyre_Svn EaterLvcifrye // Svn Eater – Despite the excessive swapping of Vs for Us, this group of limey blackened death dogs really brought the noise and earned big respect from Steel Druhm as their bastardized crossbreeding of Behemoth, Morbid Angel and Deathspell Omega kicked his ass all over the playground and took his lunch money. Heavy, nasty and raw, Mr. Druhm concluded “Svn Eater is a refreshingly brutal and horrific dose of blackened death and while some bands merely bathe in the sun, these guys eat it, which is WAY more metal!

GD30OB2-N.cdrCulted // Oblique to All Paths – Taking a stroll down paths trod by Godflesh, Neurosis and Swans, Oblique to All Paths really grabbed our man Grymm with its cold, uncomfortable vibe and heavy drone and inspired him to write “it’s way too early to tell at this point, but even if it doesn’t make my year-end list, they sure as shit got my attention and will be keeping an eye of them in the future.”

Indian_From All PurityIndian // From All Purity – No January release caused as much dissension among the AMG staff as this one, with Kronos praising it as the best thing since free beer and carelessly throwing around terms like “Album of the Year” (in January); and Mr. Fisting calling it “Pabstcore” and demanding a score recount for the sake of all Mankind based in Chicago. While opinions differ wildly, this got the highest raw score for the month, so here it is in all its feedback-drenched, doomy, faux-black metal glory.

Editor’s Note: AMG hates this list and all involved in the creation thereof, especially Indian.

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  • MisanthropistRyan

    Not a great month. None of these tickle my balls.

    • Take your balls and leave the hall.

      • MisanthropistRyan

        I think you should be beating your Steel Druhm on your way out the hall. Seems most agree this is a shit list.

        • Didn’t say it was a good list. I just wanted your balls outta here!

          • MisanthropistRyan

            My balls have rights you know!

          • True. I didn’t mean to be crushing their rights. My apologies.

          • Luís Pedro Coutinho

            Yeah that’s right…i’m back and listening to the album of Blackfinger. Looks amazing

    • T.J. Barber

      Agreed, pretty weak month.

    • Mike Eckman

      I concur, what a shitty month. Im gonna go back and listen to some old Dark Tranquility albums!

  • RagE

    I enjoyed Mayan, Persuader and Iced Earth, but none of them were as good as hoped. To be fair i did have extremely high expectations for all of em. Yet to hear Hammercult or Grand Magus.

    • brutal_sushi

      Whoa, there was a new Persuader release and I missed it? Thanks for the heads up!

    • Kalsten

      I enjoyed a lot the new Mayan album. I liked more than the first one. I really wanted a review of the Album here at AMG, but they are quite busy with other things.

      Although I am not sure if it was released in February, now that I think. Anyhow, January was quite a boring month for me.

    • Persuader is quite good, actually.

      • KingKuranes

        That’s what they want to think. They’re very persuasive.

    • FutureBeyondSatan

      IE, Persuader, and Grand Magus all in the same month and people are calling it shit! Too many basement dwellers…

  • MisanthropistRyan

    I’m in two minds with the Grand Magus album. Still have to hear it on Spotify yet. I think their quality has dipped. January is always a bad month anyway.

  • Wow that list is garbage… I know you can’t review everything but no Persuader, Mechina, Inferi, OR Iskald? Any one of those is much stronger than any of these… Bleh…

  • MisanthropistRyan

    Im occupying myself with Shining (Kvarforth), Dordeduh (ex Negura Bunget and OM by Negura Bunget.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    January always sucks. At least the February ROTM will be an easy pick. I don’t see anything beating Oi Magoi any time soon.

    • Kalsten

      Behemoth should get the ROTM of February. I am still astonished about how much hate, darkness and power can be condensed in a single album.

      • André Snyde Lopes

        The Satanist was indeed an amazing album but it starts a bit slow, and despite being a great addition to the black metal genre, it’s not as unique and interesting as HSN’s latest.

        • Kyungmi Nam

          I feel as the only person that didn’t quite enjoy HSN’s new album. I just didn’t hear anything that impressed me or made me go back.

  • Realkman666

    At least we got a Sonata Arctica video! Yeah? (don’t kill me)

  • Zadion

    TBH, I kind of hate this list too. Especially Indian.

  • Micah Peak

    I actually quite enjoyed Indian; though I certainly don’t think it is AotY material, it has been on my rotation ever since you pointed it out. The one I’m sad didn’t make the list, because I freakin’ loved it was Dyodyo Asmea. Especeially after I watched the video to go along with it. Nightmare-inducing stuff. Sort of sad to see how much of a non-event that release was around here.
    Oh! And a possible pick for my end of year list was release in January, but not reviewed here, so go figure! Has anyone else been listening to We All Die (Laughing)’s debut effort, Thoughtscanning? Best prog metal I’ve heard in a long, long time. Even better (in my Angry estimation) than The Ocean.

  • I loved Indian, it’s the only one of all the mentioned here and in the comments that’s still on heavy rotation on my playlists. That and Murmur.

    Sunn O))) and Ulver as well but I can’t see that one making the cut here on this month’s list.

  • Shark Attack

    Ha ha ha. I think you are taking the piss. This is complete bollocks and anyone who disagrees is an idiot. Noise is noise not music. You wonder why heavy metal is dead, well listen no further. What happened to talent, songs, production values. Jeez I give up if you tout this as one of the best of the year. Shite.

  • hubcapiv

    “AMG hates this list and all involved in the creation thereof, especially Indian.”
    ==============
    Well that’s what happens when you start worrying about, like, dissertations and life and unimportant sh!t like that, man. The Record o’ the Month gets out of control.

    PRIORITIES.

  • JWG

    It’s a little bit odd to look at this set of offerings for RotM then look over at the January 2013 bunch. Similarly underwhelming, but at least it had Voivod.

    Now if we can just get them their inexplicably-missing Juno nomination all will be well.

    Also, prediction: The Satanist will be a contender for February RotM. It certainly set off February on a much stronger note than the preceding month.

  • Luke_22

    Sure January has been a generally shitty month for metal releases, but thankfully February has delivered in spades so far…Behemoth, Benighted, Gridlink & just to be released albums from Soreption, the ripping Mantar & Artifiical Brain look set to bring the thunder.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Inferi’s ‘The Path Of Apotheosis’ was a really good Jan release that didn’t get much attention at all.

    I often think these kind lists RotM or RotY would be best served by a years contemplation…
    Any record that still cuts a year after its release really deserves the adulation. In which case Voivod would still be a righteous winner for album of the month…

  • Luís Pedro Coutinho

    Stop stupid discussions and just listen to this music

  • Luís Pedro Coutinho

    Change the design of the website. Now Blackfinger are the kings

  • Piet

    Mine would be Stormwarrior – Thunder and Steele. Surprisingly good I thought. If you can stand all the cheese that is.

  • deratthflve

    Too bad you didn’t review Descend – “Wither” then.. Was pretty awesome album!

  • Buddist Metal Lover

    Liked Trouble … think Blackfinger was bleaaahhh, but ok … But what really got my time in January was Grand Magus … sure, its kinda Power Metal … but it kicks ass