For those of you unaware, July is always the slowest month for releases. This has to do with the fact that major labels basically shut down for the festival season, releasing live records and DVDs, but rarely new albums. In fact, I suspect that only shitty records get released during this period by most record labels; though that is entirely speculation. In any case, July tends to be a bit of a weak month and 2013 is a weak year, so that doesn’t say a lot for any possible Record o’ the Month right now. Still, that might be a bit misleading, as we had a few records that came out in July that were worth your time. One in particular blew away the competition (though all of them impressed), our Record o’ the Month for July, 2013: Exhumed‘s latest offer, Necrocracy!

Exhumed - Necrocracy

Exhumed // Necrocracy — “In a weird way, Necrocracy is probably the first ‘mature’ Exhumed record, if goregrind allows for such a thing. This is their Countdown to Extinction, their Heartwork – fuck, maybe even their Invisible Touch.” Ask yourself a question: how can you possibly not listen to Exhumed‘s Invisible Touch? Other zines have advertised this as a possible Carcass-killer, and that’s not to be mean or hyperbolize… It’s ’cause Necrocracy is really fucking good. 

PowerwolfPowerwolf // Preachers of the Night — “With Blood of the Saints and now Preachers of the NightPowerwolf have become more consistent in their sound and all that really differentiates the two albums is the hyped up speed on Preachers of the Night. It’s a welcome display of dark merriment that will satisfy die-hard fans like myself looking for a continuation of the grand Powerwolf adventure,” crooned Madam X. Sure, Powerwolf is cheesy as shit, but if you’re not lactose intolerant, Preachers of the Night is right up your alley. This slab of aged cheddar processed cheese-food awaits.

Obsidian TongueObsidian Tongue // A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time — “Recommended for anyone who has found some kind of despondent solace in the recent U.S. black metal bands, and any fan of black metal that wants a great gateway into the vast USBM scene.” This atmospheric black metal record from American black metallers Obsidian Tongue got our local atmospheric black metal guy Noctus a little worked up. Since he’s an atmospheric black metal guy he wasn’t ecstatic or anything, but as far as I can tell only torture and the taste of babies tears really ever get him to cross that threshold.

Ereb Altor - Fire Meets IceEreb Altor // Fire Meets Ice — “These guys deserve way more press and buzz than they ever seem to get and I strongly encourage you all to check them out. They do their own thing and have their own sound and it’s a Valhalla ready one at that!” exclaimed a frothy Steel Druhm in his review of the band’s latest record. With a developing Enslaved-like feel, the Gävle-based Ereb Altor has continued to grow and impress, and Fire Meets Ice is strongly recommended to all who like Viking fare.

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  • RU63

    Cool, I don’t own an Exumed cd yet. Just ordered this.

    • Shahir Chagan

      Be careful how you spell the band’s name! Exumed is a different band entirely.

      • RU63

        fixed :P

  • Angel of Deaf

    Oooooooooooooooh… so that’s why July always seemed slow… :O

    • Realkman666

      No, it’s because Dubya was born in July.

  • MetalMartin

    Awesome choice! I got the album and it’s a killer. Your page look amazing with the album art in the background. And I will definitely check out Ereb Altor, ’cause based on the review it sounds interesting. Keep it angry guys!
    P.S.: I can’t wait to know your new writers you are about to hire.

  • Mike Eckman

    Sorry to be off topic, but Ive been away from the site a while, but I just saw the new font, and it looks great! I always thought the old look to the “Angry Metal Guy” logo was pretty plain. Nice! :)

  • Arjan Zwamborn

    I have to admit I checked out no new albums from July yet, but I will definitely give this list a shot. Oh and the artwork for Necrocracy looks stunning on this website!

    Something off-topic though: do you guys really believe that 2013 is such a weak year thus far? I see it come up in many blog posts, and I’m almost starting to believe that you’re kind of sticking to what you’ve said at the beginning of the year for consistency’s sake. Maybe it’s just me, but I have heard a lot of decent and some simply stunning releases already, and if I’m not mistaken I have seen plenty of 3.5′s, 4.0′s and 4.5′s on this website too.

    • http://Angrymetalguy.com Steel Druhm

      2013 has been a slow year IMHO. It got off to a rocky start, many major releases underwhelmed and the overall level of quality has been down. That said, things have certainly picked up in the past few months.

      • Arjan Zwamborn

        Yeah, maybe it’s because I am usually not one for the major releases. Surely, records from the likes of Dark Tranquillity, Omnium Gatherum and Amon Amarth were somewhat disappointing (at least, for me they were), but it’s nothing new that long-lived bands stagnate at some point. What is more important that bands I haven’t heard before bring out albums that blow me away (Altar of Plagues, the Ocean, Shade Empire) or bands that surprise positively with respect to their earlier releases (The Fall of Every Season, Persefone, In Vain). Or maybe I am just in a good mood since I have had the privilege to have heard Labyrinth from Fleshgod Apocalypse already, which kicks some serious ass according to my first impressions.

    • RU63

      and a 5!

      • http://www.angrymetalguy.com Angry Metal Guy

        Sure but the five was completely unserious.

    • Realkman666

      They’ve been overrating like crazy, though. Especially Madam X and AMG!

      • http://www.angrymetalguy.com Angry Metal Guy

        Wait, I’ve been overrating? I’ve given one thing higher than 3.5 this year…

        • Realkman666

          :p

  • Gage Trader

    Great choice. I agree with what others have said. The album background looks great on the site!