Hoo boy! It’s the 7th of November and I’m dropping the Record(s) o’ the Month from October. What on earth will you people do with yourselves when you don’t have a late Record o’ the Month to complain about? Oh right, you’ll all complain about the records I chose. I’d say “You can’t win all the time,” but when it comes to the RotM that’s not true. I do win all the time.

The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers

The best record released in October was definitely NightbringersTBDM is an institution, but unlike a lot of the big ‘institution’ bands, these guys never seem to lose their stride. Nightbringers demonstrates the truth of that fact even in the face of losing a genuine guitar god. In response to Knight’s departure, The Black Dahlia Murder produced Nightbringers, a record that is nothing if not fierce: heavy, deadly and catchy. I called the album “an intense, brutal ride,” that’s “tight, fast, blasty and polished,” and Dr. Wvrm gushed that the album is “the culmination of a decade’s worth of experience and innovation, the climax of a career that continually defies even the loftiest of expectations.” Seems like the kind of thing you should probably own.

Runner(s) up:

Hallatar - No Stars upon the BridgeHallatar // No Stars upon the Bridge — When Doomy Druhm directed me to No Stars upon the Bridge during the month, I’ll be honest, I ignored him. I was busy and my Angry Metal Attention Deficit Disorder tends to mean that doom doesn’t quite hit home with me like it does for Doomy Druhm. I read his review, however, and decided that I needed to give the album a shot. Hallatar‘s work is a bit like getting punched in the gut by songs. Moody, heavy, and with fantastic performances from Tomi Joutsen (Amorphis) and Heike Langhans (Draconian), No Stars upon the Bridge turns tragedy into heart-wrenching art in the best way. But Druhm wrote it best when he declared No Stars upon the Bridge “a memorial and a vessel in which one man’s despair is interred forevermore. This is the sound of someone raging at the dying of the light, and while that isn’t something you want to hear often, it should be heard.”

Vuur - In This Moment We Are FreeVuur // In This Moment We Are Free – Cities — We can probably be accused of having a pro-Dutch bias here at AMG. I certainly heap praise on Dutch bands (or bands with Ed Warby in them) on a pretty regular basis. But I can’t help it, even with a frustrating Devin Townsend production, In This Moment We Are Free – Cities is a great record. The songs are well-written, Anneke sounds fantastic, and the concept is like the perfect response to the horrible genre of “woe is me, I’m in a band!” songs (here’s looking at you Adrian Smith and Toni Kakko). The album is a refreshing change of pace for Anneke, as well, as it marks the heaviest material she’s done in a long time. And, as our reviewer (and fellow cheesehead1) wrote, the album is “truly excellent.” The record has “the melancholy from The Gathering with the emotional engagement from The Gentle Storm, [but] it’s the well-considered buildup, smart songwriting, and excellent cast of musicians that differentiates Vuur.”

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  • MetalMartin

    Too early! But too good too! What a month!

  • AndySynn

    I bet you chose it just for the artwork didn’t you?

    • Kronos

      I’m pretty sure it’s just a color shifted version of the nocturnal cover

      • AndySynn

        Fun fact – it actually IS intended to be a companion piece to “Nocturnal” (there are a few references to that cover, seen from different angles).

        • welyyt

          It kinda looks like the castle on Nocturnal, but a hundred years later.

        • Kronos

          Yeah it’s cool that they’re really going back and referencing that album with the art as well as the sound. I think people who got into them with Nocturnal (or their earlier records) are more likely to really latch on to this one. Me, I’m an Everblack kind of guy.

          • AndySynn

            I like “Everblack” a lot myself actually (I much prefer it to “Ritual”, for example, which is a handful of killer tracks, and a LOT of filler) but I do admit that “Nocturnal” and “Deflorate”… and now this one… are my jam.

          • Kronos

            Deflorate is their most underappreciated work. The opening riff of “Black Valor” is one of my favorites.

          • Sean Sky

            What about Miasma? I feel like people never talk about that one but it’s awesome.

          • Kronos

            AMG is a big fan of Miasma. I think it’s one of their weaker albums, though still enjoyable.

          • Sean Sky

            It was my introduction to them so I’m probably biased

  • Jason McGuiness

    October never fails to impress! These are all fantastic records!

  • VikingSchism

    Nothing much took me this month unfortunately, luckily it’s given me the chance to catch up with some albums from previous months

  • El_Cuervo

    Only 1/3 of the best records of the month features here.

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    YES. WE WOULD ALSO HAVE ACCEPTED “WE ARE THE PARASITE, WE ARE THE CANCER” by THE KING IS BLIND

    • Ferrous Beuller

      Yes we would. Alas, I’m surrounded by bad taste bastards!

      • Dr. Wvrm

        That’s me!

      • Don’t look at me, I wanted Hallatar and Bell Witch, maybe Altarage but certainly not TBDM. I don’t why I want anything to do with you people.

      • Bad Taste Bastards will now be the name of my over-45 softball team.

        • Ferrous Beuller

          I demand royalties.

        • HeavyMetalHamster

          I’ll be on the farm team (only 43)

    • Yolo Swaggins

      This, and Hallatar are my favorites this month. Not sure about the third one tho.

    • HeavyMetalHamster

      NO.

  • myasser

    where the fuck is Urn?

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    How in fuck dare you not feature that one highly niche 4.0 album that one of your genre technicians adored irrespective of the fact Kronos and El_Cuervo are not the guys running this particular editorial you janky-ass, goofy-goober-pandering wankstain

    • I’m working on committing that most eloquent of ending lines to memory. You, sir, have a gift.

  • welyyt

    I’m complaining! No one cares, but my picks would be Gutslit, Xanthochroid 2, Altarage, with Enslaved as an honorable mention.

    • HeavyMetalHamster

      I care.

    • Philip Levie

      That Alterage album is stunning. I will check out the rest because you obviously know yr stuff!

    • Morbidly Obese Angel

      Yeah that Gutslit album definitely crushes

    • Name’s Dalton

      Haven’t heard the Enslaved or Xanthochroid yet, but big ups to Gutslit and Alrerage.

    • Jort Cenens

      Thanks for mentioning Gutslit, that’s some great shit!

  • Rodrigo D.C.

    I tried really hard to like TBDM, but it not works for me. Maybe there’s something wrong with me.
    But I enjoy Vuur a lot.
    Must listen to Hallatar.

    Still I’m waiting for new Moonspell review, which is the Record of the Month for November.

    • GardensTale

      Patience.

      • [not a Dr]

        No.

  • Dr. Wvrm

    I’m ok with this.

  • Daniribalbert

    What the hell happened to that nearly perfect album by Ne Obliviscaris? Could it be that our dictator is one those people that dislikes the band?

    • GardensTale

      I can’t tell whether this is sarcasm. Fucking Poe’s Law.

      • Daniribalbert

        To me Urn is the true ROTM. I’m sure it’s gonna figure in my top 5 ROTY. As for Hallatar and Vuur, they both awesome, but TBDM didn’t impress me that much this time.

        • GardensTale

          Yeah, but it’s fairly well known that AMG hates NeO with a passion.

          • SoLeftISeeRight

            A justified passion.

    • Septic

      Our good dictator isn’t the only one… Ne O. is painful upon my ears.

    • Danny

      I’m with you, Urn is fantastic, maybe better than Citadel. Second only to Hallatar this month.

      • Brutalist_Receptacle

        WOOF.

    • PretentiousFuckwad

      Ne O often seems to provide me with the same level of emotion in their music as Keanu Reeves himself. Urn was no exception, but offers the appeal of at least meshing a lot of their cut and dried variations together so as to sound sloppier. The trick didn’t really work for me though. The high point for every album will be the squealing violin parts, which I somehow find appealing, and the low point is always the clean vocals, which never appealed to me even back when I was a wee little metalhead starting out on the scene. Okay maybe I’m still a wee little metalhead compared to some of the fossils on this site, complete with matching aged cheese to add distinct flavour to their dad jokes.

  • GardensTale

    You know, unless my memory fails me (as it often does), this is the first time I got a record into the RotM. Not bad after only 16 months!
    Personally, I would’ve swapped Hallatar and TBDM, but it’s getting darker and colder this time of year so depressing doom is an easy pick for me right now. Though it does help that Hallatar is just fucking amazing.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    TBDM are kind of like Annihilator in that they release the same album constantly. Yet unlike Annihilator, TBDM get praised for it. Go figure…

    • You got a Muppet in your choir. They can certainly play well and write decent enough songs, but I’ve never found them to be remotely standout. Good, seasoned at this point, but kinda just there. Probably killer live, though.

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        I have that qualm with lots of Melo Death bands though. Maybe why I like Dark Tranquility so much as they are more apt to try different dynamics in their songs.
        I’ll raise high the banner of “good songwriting ” again as the crucial ingredient in any genre I consider worth my penny.

        • If early In Flames wasn’t a thing, Dark Tranquility would definitely be my favorite melodeath band.

          • André Snyde Lopes

            If early Dark Tranquillity wasn’t a thing, you know the rest. I like early IF as much as the next guy but I prefer the more gothic/sharp/classical approach of early DT than the video game-y/hypermelodic early IF. In the end, both are excellent.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Yep DT know how to mix it up and keep your attention. I was blown away by the songwriting on Atoma. It renewed my interest in the genre.

          • Atoma didn’t stick with me as long as I’d initially thought it would, to the point that I actually probably listen to more tunes from We Are the Void than it. Damage Done through Fiction is an unfuckwithable swath of albums, that’s where their bar will always rest in my eyes. Saw them live with Insomnium a few years back, everyone in the place heard me lose my shit when they played “Through Smudged Lenses” and (duh) Insomnium’s “Weather the Storm”. I wish In Flames could have been even half as consistent, The Jester Race is permanent top ten material for me but everything from Reroute to Remain(on-the-nose motherfuckers) has been a big bag of no.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Agreed….Damage Done is probably my favourite all time along with Clayman and Natural Born Chaos.
            The songwriting, melodies and absolutely no filler.

          • Nukenado

            I feel We Are The Void is overhated. Iridium got me into Dark Tranquility!

          • It’s alright, just not their best. “Arkhangelsk” and “Her Silent Language” intrigued me in their departure from typical form, and “The Fatalist” was kinda fun, but every track on the three albums I listed earlier is gold, minus maybe “Inside the Particle Storm” from Fiction. But, as some sage or other has said a time or two: subjectivity, yo.

          • Nukenado

            Hmm, I’m more partial to Fiction and Damage Done than Character.

      • Kronos

        They really are killer live, seeing them was one of the best concerts of my life.

        • I really can see that pretty easily, even though they’re not really my thing. Gojira are similar to me. I’ve tried and tried to dig their albums and can’t, but they put on one fuck of a live show back in the day and I’ll totally see them again if the chance arises. It all comes down to a testimony of either bands skill and level of artistry, taste is subjective but talent’s talent.

          • ssorg

            Gojira are sooooo goood live. And their albums are like 75 minute long exercises in torture with a couple standout songs. Magma is much more listenable, even if it’s more artistically straightforward. go figure.

          • This echoes my thoughts on all fronts regarding Gojira, get out of my head.

    • Septic

      Annihilator and TBDM almost released a split album together actually…
      http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/896b04e70fcb7c7ae2dc2e8fac61f60d26f21e703cb504d680e0128d34cb0212.jpg

    • Hotshotbolt

      I’m with you on this. I find this record to be a little tedious.

    • I dunno. When bands quit executing, then I start to get bored. I asked the question about TBDM a while back, actually. It got a bunch of people pissed off, but I asked: “[W]hen does it become unnecessary to buy new albums from [The Black Dahlia Murder]? When do they fade into the obscurity of a band like Cannibal Corpse or Slayer that produced excellent records, but where many people are of the opinion that all you really need to own is one or two records and you’ve pretty much heard their entire discography?”

      Then they released Ritual and haven’t really slowed down, IMO.

      • Eli Valcik

        Well it’s all about hitting that sweet spot where you retain the “feel” or “sound” of the band but change material. A band like Sigh did this perfectly with Scenes From Hell and In Somniphobia. And when you’re an extremely developed band like TBDM it’s hard for them to find that sweet spot. Yes, I do partially believe that bands fade into obscurity when out of their entire discography, most material, while good, is incredibly similar. My favorite bands have always changed it up on me like Return Era Bathory changing to Hammerheart era Bathory, or Windir going from full Black Folk to Black Synthy awesomeness. I don’t really care for TBDM so I don’t really know if they’ve slowed down at all. That’s just my opinion on the degradation of bands who try to maintain their appearance.

        Edit: you might not want a band to change their sound at first, but evolution is necessary in survive. It also doesn’t have to be a progressive change, look at Hellwell, that was kvlt as fvck but it was enough of a change to breathe fresh air into Manilla Road and deliver the MR record I’ve always wanted. On the topic of MR, Mark of the Beast is my favorite thing they’ve done but I still love stuff like Crystal Logic and Invasion because it surprised me.

        • HeavyMetalHamster

          You can keep your sound as long as you keep writing good songs IMO. Changing your sound may give the appearance of progressing but if the songwriting remains unimpressive what’s the point?

          • Eli Valcik

            Well yeah, if I were fronting a Death Metal band and for my next album I decided to do rap rock, of course it would sound like shit. I’m just saying that great bands never really got anywhere by producing the same material, it doesn’t even really need to be drastic changes, just something.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Sometimes it’s just dynamics too
            Like when DT started throwing in clean vocals or electronics around Projector era. Doesn’t need to be drastic but helps push the reset when the same old same old gets redundant.
            AND it all falls flat if the songwriting sucks..

          • Eli Valcik

            Yeah song writing must still be good

      • Kronos

        The new record definitely has its own personality. I’m not really loving it but the last one really grew on me so I’m going to give it another chance.

      • Name’s Dalton

        I think this is why I stopped buying albums by Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, and Mudhoney – three bands whose music I worshipped in high school and early-college years.

    • urstoff

      But it’s a really, really good album. Don’t fix what ain’t broke.

    • Sean Sky

      Every TBDM album manages to have killer songwriting and is a fun listen. Nightbringers slays just the same.

  • I find the lack of Sorcerer disturbing.

    • HeavyMetalHamster

      YES! ^^

    • GardensTale

      Sorcerer kicks ass

    • Hall Awaits

      Never listened to Sorcerer before. Holy hell this is some kick ass metal!!!

    • Eli Valcik

      I really love the Anno 1503 demos Sorcerer did in the way back. Not too bog on this years release though.

    • PretentiousFuckwad

      It’s fine. I find the lack of Spirit Adrift equally disturbing. We have solidarity in being disturbed together, like the force after the destruction of Alderaan.

      • Dave Shellenberger

        I agree, this album was awesome.

    • Pedro Morini Mietto

      I second this. Not that anyone cares, anyway.

    • Bas

      Yep, I would also like to have seen it here.. (but its not surprising).

      However, when I want to listen to some epic traditional doom, I find myself listening more often to this years album from Below than to the one from Sorcerer.

  • TheCurlyMetalhead

    Enslaved? :O

  • GrumpDumpus

    I DREAD NOUGHT THIS LIST!

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Sorcerer is it correct answer.

  • Tony

    Best review yet angry guy you rule!!

  • Nate Sweet

    No Tetragrammacide? Time to burn down the offices again. Everyone grab your pitchforks!

    • Pity, and here we just finished moving our office to the Hawkins Research Facility too. We got it for almost nothing for some reason.

      • John

        Did you pay in eggos?

      • Dave Shellenberger

        I heard that place was trashed.

  • Eldritch Elitist

    That’s a funny way to spell “Bell Witch.”

    • This world isn’t good enough for Bell Witch. They’re doing beautiful, amazing things, and most of the crowd with an ear for their style will never get to fall in love with them because the 21st century conditioned them before doom could. Philistines, all of ye.

      • Eli Valcik

        I just have add and I can’t pay attention to a song for 80 minutes. As fantastic as it is ij should add.

        • Nathan McCain

          I know you’re into the low ‘n’ slow; have you listened to either of the Loss albums?

          • Eli Valcik

            Yeah, I liked the newest one but I didn’t buy the album. I guess after I listened to it twice, I thought I goot all I needed out of it. But both albums are quite good. But once songs exceed the 10+ minutte mark it’s hard for me t revisit them, o f course there are exceptions like Mistur, Vektor, and most recently Briton Rites. It kinda just depends on the mood I’m in.

          • Nathan McCain

            True. I think I would swap the ratings of Despond and Horizonless. The first album is probably my favorite funeral doom ever written. Will check out Briton Rites!

          • Sean Sky

            Loss was bland overall.

          • Nathan McCain

            Not Despond! Incredible album

    • Kronos

      Honestly I liked Mirror Reaper way better than Nightbringers and I’m a huge TBDM fan.

      • AndySynn

        I still feel like “Four Phantoms” just edges out MR for me.

        But then it’s undeniable that MR is the more ambitious undertaking.

    • Maximos662

      Mirror Reaper was my first exposure to Bell Witch, and that only because a friend discovered the funeral doom subgenre in September, and clued me in. Up until that time, I my only experience with the subgenre was the recent Loss record, the excellence of which cannot be questioned, notwithstanding the fact that it didn’t immediately click for me.

      But when my friend told me about an upcoming 83-minute funeral dirge, something just fell into place: it could either be catastrophic, or incredible – and it was the latter. Mirror Reaper is a composition so profound that, when one listens to it straight through, as one should, it becomes difficult to do anything afterwards, let alone just plug in another record. Without getting into philosophical aesthetics or anything, this is what great art is supposed to achieve – to mediate or touch the sublime.

      Mirror Reaper also has the best art of the year, so there’s that, too.

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        I need to spend more time with MR. On first listen it’s pretty daunting.
        I had similar reactions to Cult of Luna’s Vertikal and Loss’s latest.
        These are pieces of work meant to be patient with and enjoyed slowly and with full attention.
        Like a fine scotch or 10000 piece puzzle.

        The previously mentioned albums are among my personal favorites now.
        I have a long Canadian winter ahead for Bell Witch’s new platter to make that list.

      • Hotshotbolt

        Oh yes! Mirror Reaper is an abuse treat.

    • Hammersmith

      I found Bell Witch to be pretty boring. The first time I tried it, I made it 6 minutes. The second time I made it 43 minutes. Then I thought about why I was doing this to myself – I guess hoping the amazingness I kept hearing about would reveal itself. It just didn’t. Glad other people are enjoying it though.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        On a different note, that was kind of my experience listening to Pyrrhon’s latest. Just couldn’t get into it, despite my love of stuff like Dodecahedron, Ulcerate, Portal, Skaphe, etc.

        And Bell Witch…ya. That long, repetitive section at the start is especially trying. Perhaps it’s like Mark Twain said about Wagner: “It’s better than it sounds”.

        • Kronos

          There’s a new album from Genevieve coming out soon that is going to really appeal to some who likes Pyrrhon, Ad Nauseam, or Dendritic Arbor. The first single is song of the year material.

          • Monsterth Goatom

            Nice. Thanks. I do like Ad Nauseam.

          • Kronos

            Go listen to it, it’s seriously great.

          • Monsterth Goatom

            Wow, that was good. Thunderous and monumental. The way it morphs into something sepulchrally melodic near the end kind of reminds me of the way Anaal Nathrakh songs move back and forth from unhinged to focused storms of sound.

          • Kronos

            Big step up from their debut.

          • welyyt

            On that note, did you listen to the new Krallice?

          • Name’s Dalton

            Yes!

          • Kronos

            I did and as usual did not much care for it.

          • welyyt

            Care to explain why? For some reason I just assumed you like them.

          • Kronos

            Krallice just usually doesn’t click with me. I like a lot of other Colin Marston projects but I find most of Krallice’s output to be a bit tedious.

          • Artander

            The late Krallice material is really strong, from Ygg Huur on, as it feels more in line with Colin’s other projects, and less of an attempt to redefine “black metal”…

          • Kronos

            Part of it is that I get annoyed by the drumming. I don’t really like Lev Weinstein’s style.

          • Artander

            Would you have a link to that?

          • Kronos
        • Sean Sky

          Maybe I’ll change my mind eventually but Pyrrhon just feel obnoxious. I was a little annoyed that it was rated so highly.

    • DIMENSIONAL BLEEDTHROUGH
    • Zach Ward

      YES!!!

  • Pauline Zipzer

    Spirit Adrift! Damnit

  • “Angry Metal Guy .com: Your RotM is Wrong”
    Possible site banner/disclaimer/general truism

  • Yolo Swaggins

    Hallatar should be first. And you are wrong about wanting to hear someone sing about the dying of the light. I want that and need that.

  • Tired Science Guy

    Weird, I spell Ne Obliviscaris and bell Witch differently ;)

  • Cherd

    “I’m just gonna set this here. I’ll be back to burst through it dramatically when it’s Album of the Year time, K? Thanks.” http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/39b806b753312c8a2cf7b52a82ee0b5fc50ca80287fdc3f8904fc9d94fbc3fdd.jpg

    • RuySan

      Is that the cover for Bell Witch’s single? (ahah, get it? ahah!)

      Anyway, it’s gorgeous

  • Frost15

    What the…? I could not disagree more with this Top 3… Hallatar gets my pass, but where are Sorcerer, Enslaved and Wobbler??

    • Did you read the Enslaved review?

      • Frost15

        Yes I did, but I ask for it anyway haha!

  • Yay VUUR! It was no white wizzard but it’s fancy cheese for sure.

  • RuySan

    Hällas should be album of the month on the cover art alone. And also to make up for the fact that Lör’s cover art wasn’t on the background for the site long enough.

    Also, choosing Vuur’s sterility over Hällas cozy sound which is the equivalent of a cute kitty licking your toes by the fireplace???

    • Kronos

      Did El Cuervo put you up to this?

      • El_Cuervo

        No. He’s just another Elevated Being.

  • Eli Valcik

    None of my favorite October stuff was reviewed here soon don’t really have the right to rabble this time.

    • Marshlander

      Do share. I’ve discovered my RotM via the comments section a few times.

      • Eli Valcik

        I’ve mentioned it before but Trenchgrinder’s Peace is Forfeit probably wins it for me. Also Yellow Eyes would be somewhere on that list too.

        • Marshlander

          Thanks! Been giving Trenchgrinder a few spins by now (and a few extra ones for Destroyer Unmaker!). Good stuff.

  • It should be Relentless Mutation again. That album warps time and space, resulting is simultaneous records o the month appearances. Move over Einstein, you’ve been debunked.

    • Why no king, fleshgod apocalypse.

      • I stand corrected.

      • SoLeftISeeRight

        Boom goes the dynamite!

      • AndySynn

        I’m hoping someone carries on with a similar tradition for us over at NCS.

      • [not a Dr]

        Uau!

    • Planex

      I really got into it too. I was honestly shocked when I heard the vocals on Human Murmuration. The chorus from Calamus Will Animate is often stuck in my head. Great tech-death album, will end up in my top 5.

  • AgonMcDuck

    I dig the new TBDM, but my personal RotM was Spirit Adrift’s latest. “Starless Age (Enshrined)” is phenomenal and the other tracks aren’t far off.

    • Spirit Adrift

      Thank you

  • Necrocustard

    It is a shame there was no review (no promo?) for the new Ophis. Good competition in the most miserable record category in Oct.

    • maartje

      Thanks for pointing out there’s a new Ophis record out.
      I’m a bit cautious thought it would be RotM material for this general metal blog, their previous outings were good but never really outstanding and good enough to warrant interest outside the small circle of doom/death lovers. But hey, I’ll give it an unbiased chance :-)

  • Hotshotbolt

    The Hallatar album really surprised me. I’m not sure if I will give it repeated spins, but now and then it’s a nice change of pace.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Anything with Heike Langhan in it is good by me. I was listening to Sovran the other day. What a great record, and what a great voice.

  • Dang, I almost missed this because it was so early

  • AnnieK13

    This one is Hallatar no contest for me.

  • Hall Awaits

    Records of the month:

    1. Paradise Lost – Medusa
    Can’t get over some of the Brave Murder Day influences which in turn are just old Paradise Lost influences anyway.

    2. Blut Aus Nord – Deus Salutis Meaei
    Don’t get the negative reaction to this album. Absolutely crushing layers that reveal themselves one at a time.

    3. Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
    Crushing riffs meet legit atmosphere.

    • Stephan Kubicki

      Much better choices right here.

  • Solrac Avan

    I’ve never given this guys a chance, mainly because my non metal classmates in highschool recommended them to me, and also because I already have Dark Tranquillity, early In flames, Mors Principuim Est, and even Insomnium in my life. Am I missing something, or should I keep on ignoring the existance of The Black Dahlia?

    • Diego Molero

      You should absolutely not keep on ignoring the existence of The Black Dahlia Murder. Go listen to “Nocturnal”.

      • Solrac Avan

        I´ll listen to it later, thanks for the suggestion

        • Jake

          For what it is worth, I haven’t heard Black Dahlia in years, but thought their earlier work was as good or better than the Swedish melodic death bands, who had by 2002-2003 started to waver in quality. Thus, despite having been a huge Arch Enemy fan and also a fairly big fan of Soilwork and In Flames, I preferred Unhallowed by Black Dahlia to those band’s releases back in the early 2000s. Somehow I lost track of the band since then. I suppose saying that their early with is better than Anthems of Rebellion or Figure Number 5 isn’t saying that much on some level, but given how big of a fan I was of Gothenburg at the time I think it says something.

    • Gage

      Keep ignoring. You aren’t missing anything special.

      • Solrac Avan

        3 vs 1, time will tell if you were right…

        • Gage

          Try an actually great melodeath band, like Kalmah or Be’Lakor.

    • Kronos

      TBDM doesn’t quite sound like any of the 90s European melodeath bands. They’re definitely more brutal, they sound less like NWOBHM mixed with death metal and more like straight death metal. The discography is all good, but I would personally recommend Everblack.

      • Solrac Avan

        Your answer is the closest thing to the answer I was looking for and didn´t know Iwas searching, I´ll listen to your suggestion later, thanks

    • I’m not even a fan, but if you wanna find out you’re always best off just checking them out yourself. A general consensus ultimately doesn’t mean shit to your ears, everything will sound however it does to you regardless of what the internet says about it. Wading through random comments and globbing on to the popular opinion isn’t going to save you any time or effort, merely rob you of the opportunity to discover something for yourself. By all means, read up on whatever you can about every band that you can (I’m kind of into that sort of thing, myself), but at the same time, if you have a moment and the means to check out the tunes for yourself, what do you have to lose?

  • Gage

    My favorite album from October was Sounds from the Vortex, by The Spirit.

  • PretentiousFuckwad

    Interesting in that I disliked both the runner ups. I need to check out that Black dahmer murder project though. It’s one of many bands everyone seems to love which I haven’t listened to yet. Sometimes though I prefer to keep it that way, sort of like extra virgin olive oil, which is utterly indistinguishable from normal olive oil if you’re a normie to the world of cooking like myself. At least I saw the picture of Black Dahlia herself post mortem, black and white. Does that make me metal enough?

    Also Curse of Conception ended up getting goofed on. It’s a damn shame since that album gives me a serious case of the sparkles. I’ll be back to complain more about the year end lists and how eternally wrong they all are in December, or January. January would be a better time to release the records of the month for November by the way. This shit isn’t late enough. It’s starting to feel less like AMG and more like an actual blog site with responsible staff. Since when did metalheads bow to the ways of responsibilities and adulthood?

    • Spirit Adrift

      *sparkling intensifies*

  • tomasjacobi

    I find the un-lack of VUUR disturbing!

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    New Tribulation Ep out next month…..full album in January.
    Happy happy happy

    • John

      Nice. I’m interested to see how they progress on this album.

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        I’d be very happy with their current sound for one.
        Not enough of that old In Solitude vibe being played these days.

        • John

          Totally agree.They just seem to have a massive evolution after each release, and would be surprised if they don’t change up their sound. I really dug their vibe on Children of the Night though, and they were pretty good live.

  • WhamBamSam

    Spirit Adrift is easily my RotM. I’m a little behind with a few other October releases, but right now I’m thinking Affliktor and Sorcerer will be the runners up. I haven’t really been all that impressed with most of the records people have been gushing about this month.

    • Spirit Adrift

      m/

  • MITCH TRVBISKY

    spirit adrift, spectral voice, and bell witch for me. probably 3 out of my top 5 for the year honestly

    • Spirit Adrift

      Good choices!

  • Absolomb

    Would’ve been between NeO and TBDM for me so I’m kind of in agreement for once.

    • Here’s Johnny

      What is NeO and TBDM?

  • Xanthochroid Act II and NeO for me. TBDM was fun for 3-4 listens, then gets very familiar way too fast.

  • Planex

    This ROTM is so early that I actually remember what albums I liked from that month.

    HALLATAR SHOULD HAVE BEEN #1 RABBLE RABBLE

  • gus rodrigues

    First Soen’s amazing new album got completely ignored, now it was the new Vulture Industries (both never even reviewed!)…. bah! Both will definetly show up on my top 10 year end list, alongside King, by fleshgod apocalypse…
    But lets forget about my complaints and just say that the new tbdm is indeed extremely good!

    • Nukenado

      New Vulture Industries is amazing. I’ve been listening to As the World Burns and Strangers so much.
      Soen is getting a Things You/AMG Might Have Missed.

      • gus rodrigues

        It would be really nice to read amg thoughts on soens new release. And btw, on my original post there was a pretty obvious bait for a funny crazy lady that has been sorely missed…

        • Nukenado

          Oh shit, missed the FA mention there.

  • beurbs

    I’d just like to inform everyone that there is a new High Spirits EP on Spotify

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Why no Angry Fire King crowning Sorcerer RotM?

  • h0ttentot

    I know you guys are aiming to be more mainstream, but this is too much.

    TBDM is like the uncle that in every get together asks about your girlfriends and do the same jokes. They’re there every time, but if suddenly they stop showing, nobody asks.

    I listened and liked their first album when it came out, so i listened every album after that and they had mothing more to say.

    Let’s take Megadeth for example. The guys are still here and releasing, but they try. And sometimes they do it right (United Abominations, Endgame, Dystopia) and sometimes they bomb (Thirteen, Super Collider). I can respect that.

    But being in the same safe space year after year is just bleh. Like Cannibal Corpse bleh.

    You just give it a 3.0 and move on. Don’t even listen to the entire thing.

    Where’s The King is Blind or Sorcerer? They deserved more even not being masterpieces.

    • GardensTale

      *looks at previous RotMs this year*
      *Archspire, Lör, Impure Wilhelmina, Loss, Dodecahedron*
      “You’re trying to be more mainstream”

      Uh… What?

      For the record, Sorcerer got a lot of votes among staff, but the RotM is ultimately AMG’s decision, meaning it’s one guy’s opinion.

      • h0ttentot

        Just joking about the mainstream part.

        So, are you saying that AMG is the least metal guy at this site?

        • GardensTale

          He’s definitely not the most underground (Roquentin) or the most brutal (Kronos), but between Eldritch’s love for cheesy power metal and how often I have to claim ignorance of really big and well known bands’ material, I think “least metal” is definitely a stretch.

          • h0ttentot

            Poorer taste then?

          • GardensTale

            I plead the fifth.

          • You can’t plead the 5th, you silly Dutchman. That’s for us Americans in Merica!

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            I always thought reading the 5th was a trick you yanks did to get out of a round of shots.

          • GardensTale

            We have the same right, you pedant, it’s just a useful shorthand.

          • GardensTale

            I plead the fifth.

      • Thraeg

        Has there been discussion of exposing this voting process anywhere?

        I’d never dream of challenging AMG’s prerogative to rule the RotM with an iron fist, but I’m also curious as to what the rest of you felt stood out each month.

        Maybe just a “staff picks” below the main RotM or even in a footnote, where every writer can name one album?

        • GardensTale

          We do a poll, and I think AMG uses it when in doubt. TBDM did actually get the most votes there, which of course says more about width of appeal than singular quality.

          • Thraeg

            Cool. I’d still love to see those voting results as an addendum or footnote to the main RotM post in the future.

  • Shrümpelstiltskin

    I really think October was just a shitty month in terms of new metal album releases. The album I listened to the most was the new Enslaved record, and I don’t feel good about that at all. I recognize that the new Sorcerer album and the new Hallatar record are both objectively good though, but I just couldn’t get that into them.

  • Francesco Bordoni

    W…W..WHAT IS THIS SORCERY

  • Thraeg

    Hallas, Sorcerer, and Bell Witch are the easy picks for me this month. Hallatar would be right behind those, but TBDM and Vuur didn’t make much impression on me for whatever reason.

  • Averycoolusername

    It looks like we got ourselves a record o’ the year

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Can’t complain about this. I was never a really big fan of these guys but they seem to be getting better and better with each album.

  • Artander

    Anyone has an issue with Trevor’s vocal style? The higher range yiiark-yark-ish thing really detracts from the music. I do hear the ability, the originality, the variety, the range, yet his vocals are the reason why I keep kicking TBDM out of my playlist… Maybe it’s the Shure in-ears I use that push the vocals upfront…

  • Jack Outjers

    Vuur? It screams ‘generic’ to me. It has its moments and Anneke lifts it up but it never grabs me. Coming from a fellow dutchie, go figure.

  • Refined-Iron Cranium

    Pity you guys didn’t get the last Yellow Eyes album (Immersion Trench Reverie) as a promo to review. I initially found it a challenging listen, but man did it pay off after a few spins. Some of the most interesting black metal I’ve heard, and I usually am not a fan of USBM. Please consider reviewing it for a future ‘Things you may have missed’ section.