July has actually been a bit of a strange month. While every other month of the year has had some really amazing releases and it’s been difficult to choose, the competition was a little weirder this month. There wasn’t really anything that destroyed anything else—instead, the highest score that we gave out during July was a 4.0. It was also weird, because we reviewed up-and-coming vest metal rockstars Castle who, at least Steel Druhm and I, agreed deserved recognition. But since the record was not released in July, it was not eligible.

All that notwithstanding, the Record o’ the Month goes to Testament‘s new slab o’ thrash metal Dark Roots of Earth. You already probably read Mr. Druhm’s review, so I thought I’d just add my thoughts to the mix: Alex Motherfucking Skolnick. Seriously, the guitar solos on that record are really what pushes it over the edge for me. While some of the vocals are a little cringe worthy, and some of the songs are a tad slow—I kept coming back to the Dark Roots of Earth for Alex’s guitar work. Stellar.

Testament - Dark Roots of Earth

Runners Up: 

Vindicator - United We FallVindicator // United We Fall – Far be it from me to only bombard you with thrash metal hits for July, but we did get a shit ton of thrash metal in July. Running up after Testament (not so bad playing second fiddle to one of the greats) is Vindicator‘s excellent new thrashterpiece. This shit is a riff a kick ass thrash attack that will rock you guaranteed. WTF are you waiting for? Get this record already!

Father Befouled - Revulsion of Seraphic GraceFather Befouled // Revulsion of Seraphic Grace – Since we never review death metal, this probably came as a surprise to many of you, but the new Father Befouled is a rather beastly, creepy record that we all fucking loved. Seriously, if you’re into gritty, nasty death metal this is your shit. Consume, consume, consume my pretties!

Zonaria - Arrival of the Red SunZonaria // Arrival of the Red Sun – This is probably one of the least expected on my list. I hadn’t thought when I got that Zonaria record that I was even really going to think it was super, but man… it just crawled under my skin. I recommend you check it out if you’re into classic Swedish melodeath. It’s great and I expect better from these guys in the fuckin’ future.

Castle // Blacklands – Last, but certainly not least, we have the new Castle record that actually came out in April. So, fuck. But still, if you’re a budding vest metal fan, you should check these guys out because they do it right. Old school, but not moldy. Dig it, cool cat.

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  • You don’t review death metal?

    • I remember there was a running gag a few months ago when a troll-ish poster said there was only death metal reviewed here. It made no difference if they were talking about Doom, Black, Gothenburg, Viking Folk Polka Influenced Blackened Shoegaze, they all talked about death. Hence, only Death Metal was reviewed here.

      Cut back to a week ago when another commentator tells AMG he doesn’t even review enough *ANGRY* metal.

      This kind of people keep the comments section entertaining tho.

      • Haha thanks for clearing that up. Suddenly feared my knowledge of genres was about to require a radical reworking.

      • Actually, around the same time we had a guy come in and link Teufel’s Tomb and claim that we don’t review *any* death metal.. haha. Fuckin’ A. 

  • I buy every testament record. Have done since the mid 80s. Great thrash, great guitar work etc, my one consistent gripe are the lyrics and repetition thereof. They’re not bad, just clumsy. It’s one of the advantanges of listening predominantly to european black/death metal; I’ve got no idea how bad the lyrics are.

    Still, minor gripe notwithstanding – solid record.

  • Kalsten

    I think that the Testament album is the only on the list that I’ve already listened, and I fucking love it! It is true that sometimes is quite slow (in thrash terms) but is quite good.

    I also like that you put the background of the Mont’s choice. Is it the first time, right? Good idea!

  • This site sucks.  Start reviewing metal.  This stuff you mentioned is utter tripe.  You need to review the new Halestorm or even the new Marilyn Manson.  Or at least review the new Papa Roach or the most recent Dunderbeck.  You should be ashamed. Making mention of bands like Testment who have no metal cred and have been a 2nd best to Korn and Nothingfave for a coons age.  Shame on you, no wonder you are angry.

    • Brine

      Funny. This guy obviously is trying to stir the pot for some reason.

  • Vest metal. I’m so dearly hoping that’s a tongue-in-check-ironic-author-of-that-article-is-a-douche-bag sort of usage of that term.  please….because if so it’s hilarious. Awesome list by the way, picked up that Zonaria based on the strength of this review. Nice find.

    • Haha, I thought it was funny. I mean, it’s obviously becoming a bit of a phenomenon and it needed a name. Sick of calling shit “retro-this-or-that”.