We aren’t going to discuss the timing of this post, nor who delayed it1. We won’t be speculating when the April Record(s) o’ the Month will appear either. Instead we’re going to live in the moment and bask in the warming glow of quality metal and good will among metal fans. Just sit back, relax and let the music do the talking. Nice, right? Why can’t it always be like this? Mostly because of you, the readers. What’s done is done, and the moment is ruined. I hope you’re all happy.

At the risk of getting a reputation for gushing over avant-garde extreme metal, we really can’t avoid gushing over Dodecahedron. These Dutch black metal maniacs craft music so unbelievably nasty and suffocating, they basically stand alone in a violently birthed new genre. It’s vicious art that comes at you like the worst horror dredged from your subconscious; your deepest, darkest nightmares made auditory. What do you call music like that? Pennywise-core? Regardless of the label, Kwintessens is another attempt to subvert the listener’s sanity and make sure you’re worse off for having heard it. Kronos described it best as “metal with a question mark at the end of the phrase, music that doesn’t fit but creates a stark space for itself by pushing out against and tearing holes in the walls around it.” If we fear what we don’t understand, every Dodecahedron release reminds us we have much to be afraid of.

Runner(s) Up:

Pallbearer // Heartless – With Black Sabbath closing up their legendary shop, it falls to newcomers like Pallbearer to carry the weighty banner of doom into the future. On their third full-length, Pallbearer proves able and willing to take up the mantle, experimenting with their traditional doom sound by incorporating greater progressive influences. The lengthy, soul-crushing dirges are still there, but with an occasional ray of sun, glimmer of hope and the ever improving vocals of Brett Campbell. Big set piece tracks like “A Plea for Understanding” are instant doom classics, and while the proggy touches do lighten the load somewhat, Heartless is far from an uplifting spin. Doom isn’t going anywhere soon.

Wormwood // Ghostlands: Wounds From a Bleeding EarthWormwood may be a young black metal act but their heart and soul dwell in the genre’s formative years. Fusing folk, viking and traditional blackened styles, Ghostlands is a vibrant, explosive blast down memory lane with modern touches and unexpected side quests into prog. So taken was Akerblogger with the album’s various quirks and foibles,  he struggled to stay within prescribed AMG word count limitations. In a pinch for space he summed it up thusly: “Ghostlands moves with a ghostly smoothness that ebbs, flows, rises and falls with a mixture of beauty and malice that only impresses.”

 

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  • herrschobel

    first ! and i agree .. very much so ! even though i have no clue how Pallbearer and Dodecahedron can run in the same category ..the former bores me to tears while the latter is superb and deserves all the praise …

  • Meriyas

    Wow it’s about time this was posted! So when’s the April Record(s) o’ the Month going to appear? Or is Happy Metal Guy delaying that one too?
    Seriously though, these 3 releases are brilliant and well deserving of their honours. The order is right too!

    • ashcindersmoke

      So you’d recommend Wormwood? I still haven’t gotten around to listening.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        Big thumbs up from me.

      • Meriyas

        I really enjoyed it, so I would definitely recommend it. It’s been one of my favourite releases so far this year. Black/Folk Metal with some quality melodies.

      • Sean Sky

        Also tipping my hat to Wormwood. Excellent record.

  • ashcindersmoke

    Would’ve put Venenum somewhere here as well. March had too many great releases so kudos to you all for being able to make this list.

    • Diego Molero

      Venenum is AotY.

      • ashcindersmoke

        Re listening to it today I have to agree. It’s gonna be hard to beat this record.

        • Diego Molero

          I have listen to it 4 times… today alone. Like 25 times overall. It’s genius.

          • Joe Rico

            I’m on my first listen and I can feel my blood pressure rising….chest tightening. How many spins until that doesn’t happen anymore?

          • Diego Molero

            I’m like on listen 35, still as good as the first one. In fact, even better I will say. Every time you hear something new. I recommend you to pay close atention to the drums. I usually don’t care a lot about drums as long as they don’t sound like shit, but on this record I love them.

      • GWW

        Awesome.

    • lennymccall

      Fuck yes that record kills! With there likely never being another Weapon record, I’m happy for Venenum to take over that spot my collection

    • ssorg

      I had somehow completely missed Venenum. Thanks!

    • Nag Dammit

      Nice reminder. Going to go and listen again now. It’s languishing in my non-spotify collection. Quality album.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    This isn’t late enough.

    • Also not prog enough.

      • Name’s Dalton

        Try Yowie.

        • Oh you don’t understand … This is about what we got for Jan & Feb from Angrymetalguy which was two prog albums as rotm so this is the real beginning of the shit for 2017 for us as older readers which remember older rotm editions.

  • GeorgeRE7

    WHAT ABOUT THE NEW SOEN!?!?!?

    Edit: my bad, it came out in February, but still, it is a forgotten gem on this website

    • Let it go.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        I can only picture you singing that “let it go” bit from that Disney’s Frozen movie. Using a hairbrush as a microphone.

        • I’m not Disney friendly.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Just wait ´til they release that Viking Gorilla movie they’re working on…

          • Tofu muncher

            Not into Star Wars then? I chose Valerian & Laureline’s universe any day.

    • Levly

      Agreed, it’s a great record :)

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Dodecahedron is probably the only record from this year to even make it close to my top 20 from last year.

    The new Heretoir is exceedingly good too but y’all ain’t reviewing it, apparently.

    • Reese Burns

      A while ago, I answered one of your comments saying that I’d give The Circle a 3.0., and just felt the need to say it’s grown on me, and I’d have to give it a 4.5. now.

    • Sean Sky

      They probably didn’t receive a promo for it.

      • We got it and assigned it for review but the writer had time conflicts.

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          Make sure it comes out if their wages!

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    it feels so good seeing the dadrock giants, pallbearer, having their anticipated throne usurped by some fresh-from-the-womb tech nerds

    feel the thunder old man(s), dissonant wank is in town and there ain’t room enough for the two of us

    *tweedle-dee*

    • Name’s Dalton

      Yeah!

    • Thatguy

      ‘Deadlock giants.’ Very good. You flatter them.

    • As long as there are Dads, there will be Dadrock!

      • AgonMcDuck

        #DismantleThePatriarchy

    • herrschobel

      haha…you are so right about Pallbearer…i never thought about it that way…but THAT is the actual target group ..old Rock Farts !!!!…*ducking*

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Great playlist for the day. Throw in Orgasmatron, and I’m done.
    Metal goat approves. Oh yeah!
    http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2516426b80d65e47df31dfd079f7db3877a5f9fb68ed7fd66c82a5b4b4d62e3.jpg

  • Drew Music

    It’s not May yet, what are you doing? Plus, my RotM is statistically never supposed to match the ‘official’ choice, what the hell is happening???

  • Dethjesta

    I’ve had a rather mixed relationship with Kwintessens and Pallbearer but loved Wormwood, superb album.

    Although It wasn’t reviewed here, I think my overall best from march would have to be Heretoir – The Circle. Amazing slice of post black.

    • Ondřej Hanus

      It will appear in the “Things You Might Have Missed in 2017″ (=”Things We Forgot About in 2017”).

    • Reese Burns

      When I listen to The Circle, I don’t hear a whole lot of “black” in their “post black”. Though I still think it’s an amazing album. I thought it was somewhere around a 3.0. when I first heard it, but it’s grown on me a lot, and it’s one of my early AotY contenders.

      • Dethjesta

        I guess you could say it has blackened edges.

        • Reese Burns

          Yeah, there are some elements of black metal to it, but I got more of a folk metal vibe from it. To my ears at least, it has a very “tribal” feel, for lack of a better word. I do agree on it being an exceedingly great record though.

    • Thank you for the recommendation ‘Jesta!

  • Panagiotis Krokidas

    Spectacular choices! Especially the runners up.

  • Art Vandelay

    I am shocked that Pallbearer didn’t get RotM, not because I like it but because everyone seems to be going vinegar strokes over it. Don’t get it.

    Wormwood is my choice, can’t stop listening to that record.

    • jamai36

      I find they try to rotate the styles of metal that get rotm, this month it was my turn :)

    • I would narrowly select Wormwood, too, at this moment. Although that seems to change on a daily basis with Kwintessens.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Vinegar strokes?

      • Drew Music

        As far as I know that’s a well placed The League reference referring to one’s O-Face, the one they make when Dickarus flies too close to the sexual sun.

      • Art Vandelay

        Drew Music is correct. That is what I was referring to.

  • Levly

    Dodecahedron is not my thing, and try as I might I just can’t seem to like Pallbearer. Sure, the doomy atmosphere is very well crafted and the harmonies are interesting, but the vocals get on my nerves and overall it’s just boring, not enough groove or drive to hold my attention. I just can’t understand how you can all find A Plea For Understanding memorable, my mind drifts away half way through it every time…

    Ghostlands, though, is the real deal, and my favorite record of the year so far. Varied and interesting throughout, beautiful melodies and well crafted songs, and a nice production to boot (although the bass is virtually absent). A true masterpiece.

    • Reese Burns

      I thought Pallbearer was excellent, but if I had to choose one of the three, Wormwood has my vote as well.

  • Sean Sky

    Not surprised by this list, although there were about 20 solid contenders for March.

  • Reese Burns

    Pallbearer was great, but Wormwood is my pick. They caught me off guard and haven’t left rotation since I first heard them.

  • Sean Sky

    How could Happy Metal Guy have delayed it when he’s DEAD?

    • “Suspected” of being dead.

      • Name’s Dalton

        Allegedly

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      He’s the only one who knew the password required for posting a ROTM.

    • Westpaceagle

      Disappeared

  • Tofu muncher

    Nice list (was listening to mix of Pink Cream 69 and Raglaia and shifted to kwintessens as soon as this page popped up). It takes a lot out of yours truly to switch off Raglaia just so you know.

  • Bob Lunger

    I also found wormwood to be the best of the three. Spectacular debut album. I found Dodecahedron to be too much like ulcerate but black metal. Just what I found when listening to it.

    • jamai36

      The two bands obviously share much in common, however I would argue that they do have quite the different aesthetic if you really listen to them a lot. I think one big reason Dodec. got it this month is that every track on the album brings something different, and for the most part it all works.

      While the term experimental gets thrown around a lot, I think they really earned their badge with this release. That and I can not stop listening to it.

      I am usually super happy to see a release I adore even make it to the runner up category at all – it is nice the odd time to see something actually make RotM. I think this happens like once every two years, so I was understandably excited to have that self-affirmation.

      • Kronos

        It’s the first time in two and a half years that a Kronos reviewed album made it to the top spot. Though it’s not the first time since that in which I’ve agreed with the billing.

  • AnnieK13

    I liked the Pallbearer right away when I heard it but somehow I missed Wormwood and Dodecahedron until today…March was a bad month for me. Anyway – liking all three of them.

    • Sean Sky

      Sorry that March was a bad month for you but it was a great month for music.

  • Akira Watts

    Pallbearer has always bored me to tears, and the new album is no exception. Dodecahedron though – fuck. Wouldn’t have minded seeing Fen’s Winter make the cut. I know it didn’t get a huge amount of love around here, what with it being bloated as fuck, but I can’t seem to stop listening to it.

    • Dethjesta

      I have an odd relationship with Winter. On the one hand it’s, as you said, too long and I also find it tough to distinguish between the songs, they all have a rather similar feel. On the other hand, I too, find myself listening to it rather a lot. It’s definitely got an alluring quality to it.

      • Sean Sky

        I think it’s awesome. Yeah, it’s long and blah blah but it keeps me interested.

  • Iain Gleasure

    Remember when the background wasn’t black? Yeah, neither do I.

    • Miss the salad days of the man bun, do ya?

      • Iain Gleasure

        I miss Khemmis, the last album to not have a kinda black background. It is sad

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Man bun, you shall never be… missed.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    I wonder if whoever came up with that Pennywise-core line is talking about the clown or the pop punk band.

  • AgonMcDuck

    Pretty much exactly identical to my personal top three. Though I feel that merely describing how terrifying Dodecahedron’s music is doesn’t do it a lot of justice. It’s definitely out there, but there is beauty in the madness. There are excellent, memorable riffs — I’ve had Hexahedron’s opening riff stuck in my head since the album came out — and deceptively flighty melodies hidden in the murk, and all of that only bolsters the album.

    Heartless is great. The whole record is good, but “A Plea for Understanding” is a titanic song. I never feel its thirteen minute length. This becomes a problem.

    Wormwood are really great. They put up the album I hoped Thormesis would have made to go with “Waheelas Fahrte.”

    Great picks. Though I wouldn’t have complained if I saw Lantern or Replacire. March was actually a decently solid month.

    • AlphaBetaFoxface

      Hexahedron’s opening riff is exactly what I am looking for in women.

      • Tofu muncher

        I have about a couple of hours before Manchester derby to ponder over this statement.

        • AlphaBetaFoxface

          Best of luck.

    • GWW

      No there are not any excellent memorable riffs. Bet you couldn’t hum one 10 minutes after listening.

      • AgonMcDuck

        I probably can’t, but it has more to do with the limitations of my humming. ;)

        • [not a Dr]

          Get a Hummer.

      • AlphaBetaFoxface

        Because hum-ability is the yardstick by which we measure the quality of a riff. In that case, Gorguts, Deathspell Omega, Ulcerate, Ved Buens Ende, *insert atonal black/death metal act here* are indeed terrible riff-meisters and should pander to a more melodic demographic.

        Feel free to provide objective parameters for the determination of riff quality.

        • GardensTale

          “Step Up” by Invidia must be song of the year then. I couldn’t get that piece of flaming acidic rotten garbage out of my head for hours whenever I had to subject myself to it.

          • AlphaBetaFoxface

            Your comment implies you decided to listen to it on more than one occasion, and for that, I offer my deepest condolences.

          • GardensTale

            I had to review it. If I was gonna burn it to the ground, I had to gather the best fuel. But thank you for your sympathy. Therapy is still ongoing.

        • GWW

          A riff is, i can walk over to my guitar, and pick it out in due time. I don’t hear any RIFFS at all in Ulcerate. Deathspell has riffs, it isn’t atonal like some of Blut Aus Nord. Gorguts always has something memorable going on and even Immolation has riffs. If you want to pile all those acts together as if they are the “same” somehow, be my guest. I didn’t say Ulcerate is “terrible” or that all metal has to have groovy riffs. I love Altarage and there is little there as far as riffs but it’s amazing. Ulcerate isn’t that interesting, in MY OPINION. Overhyped

        • GWW

          I have the first album and it wasn’t that interesting as BM and this one isn’t either. I’m not the biggest Ulcerate fan either but Deathspell and Gorguts are in another class of artists. Funny how my reply was to riffs/melodies and you insist it is “atonal”. If you say this is atonal, then it doesn’t have any riffs, you agree but the truth is, none of those bands are atonal. Nope, these guys aren’t Gorguts or Deathspell. Overhyped.

          • AlphaBetaFoxface

            I feel we have reached a point where all future argument will be futile but your comments are making me laugh so here we go.

            “No there are not any excellent memorable riffs.”

            A riff/melody is a sequence of notes played to a specific rhythm. Saying a riff is excellent is like saying a sentence is excellent. There are certain rules we can follow to create riffs that evoke certain tones but ultimately, that is ridiculously subjective.

            “Bet you couldn’t hum one 10 minutes after listening.”

            I brought up atonality because I didn’t want to assume you were stupid. I think most people know whether or not someone can hum a riff within 10 minutes is not a measure of a good riff. Instead of assuming you were stupid, I assumed that maybe you just don’t like riffs that follow more atonal formats (in turn making them a little harder to process on first listen).

            I can’t tell if you are trolling when you say none of those bands are atonal because all of those bands use atonality frequently in their music. You do know what atonality is, right? Yes, they have melodies that can be assigned to certain scales, but there are so many exceptions to melodic rules that it isn’t wrong to say they sit more on the atonal side of metal than the melodic side. Unless you think Gorguts and In Flames think about melodic composition in the same way, by which point I give up and you win.

            I never said these guys were Gorguts or Deathspell. I agree; both bands are in a league of their own. But so far, your only argument against Dodecahedron is you don’t like their riffs because you can’t hum them within a learning period of 10 minutes.

            It might be easier in future to make your intentions a little clearer. A comment like “Eh, I don’t really enjoy Dodecahedron’s riff construction as much as other bands” looks a whole lot nicer than “No there are not any excellent memorable riffs. Bet you couldn’t hum one 10 minutes after listening.” lmao

          • GWW

            So, are you saying there ARE memorable riffs on this album or are you just another smartass on the Web. I never said this was bad, never said music had to be loaded with hummable tunes to be great, and YES, a lot of bands ARE not great riff meisters. Yes No…and would you point out an examples of ATONAL music that is good?!

          • GWW

            There are no memorable riffs on this and this band is overhyped here. Any more than that is something you imagine in your head i think.

  • Excentric_13073

    I would have “runner-upped” (that’s a thing now) Venenum instead of Pallbearer, for the reason that we all knew Pallbearer was going to be good. Venenum was a complete unknown, and is blazing a path unknown and untrodden. I think while Pallbearer met expectations, Venenum exceeded them, and that makes the difference. #endrant #gotbeef? #fightme

    • Tofu muncher

      Agreed but because I can’t get into doom (For me, it’s Sabbath. Period). 🍖

      • Sean Sky

        Have you tried King Goat, Khemmis, Candlemass, or Electric Wizard? The first two being what got me back into the genre after a long absence, the latter two being a couple of the big ones that got me into it years ago.

        • Tofu muncher

          Yeah. Khemmis and King Goat being the current ones. No dice though. I can’t stand the tempo I guess. I have grander time listening to prog rock, don’t know why. Or Axel Rudi Pell The Ballads Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4. m/

          Edit: That last phrase is me being ironic of course.

          • Sean Sky

            Fair enough. I actually love prog rock. I see how doom, and the various sub-genres surrounding it, can be boring or unappealing. Pallbearer wasn’t really hitting the spot for me either but I think they’re growing on me over time.

          • Tofu muncher

            So, I just finished listening to Hunted again. I’m liking the song Hunted. Go figure. ;-)

          • Sean Sky

            That’s why I try to revisit stuff that I may not have been too big on initially. I’ll keep stuff I’m ehhh about in my library and it’ll grow on me occasionally. Sometimes the growers become our favorite albums.

          • Drew Music

            Exactly. If something gets a bunch of rave reviews but doesn’t really click with me, I always make it a point to revisit it in different weather conditions or after listening to various other bands/genres. Netherbird were like that for me, I’d been listening to too much similar music and initially panned their last album, revisited it later and it ended up as one of my albums of the year.

        • Excentric_13073

          I’m also quite partial to Messa; I think they qualify as doom? I like my doom with a massive swagger, the kind of doom that kicks in the saloon door and thrusts at the nearest person.

          • AgonMcDuck

            I loved Belfry. That was in my top ten last year.

  • Isn’t ms.wormwood the teacher from Calvin and hobbes?

    • Sean Sky

      It’s also the name of an album by The Acacia Strain (lol). However, the band Wormwood are very good.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        It’s also the title of an album by Marduk.

        • Sean Sky

          I actually did know it was an album by Marduk, I just thought it was funnier to mention the Acacia Strain album (because they’re garbage).

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Your explanation is very suspicious, you know? ;)

  • Handy Donut Hole

    I feel that Venenum deserved a “Runner Up” slot, their newest is a goddamn masterpiece.

    • WhamBamSam

      I liked Venenum and Replacire better than any of the winners or runners up. Either would have been a better site background too.

      • Sean Sky

        I found the Havok album unlistenable. Lyrics made me cringe.

        • WhamBamSam

          Being inclined toward political rage myself, I’m largely on board with the lyrics though a few songs do drift down into the territory of merely forgivable. On the whole though, it’s an album I feel I needed in 2017, even if I don’t think it’ll quite make my year end list. “Hang ‘Em High” might be a song of the year contender though.

          • Tofu muncher

            The United Snakes of America has me giddy. This is one great record music-wise, and the lyrics are fun too (and quite an interesting read imo)

          • Sean Sky

            I don’t mind political… it was the hamfistedness of it.

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            I feel the same way about it. Sounds great with cool riffs but the lyrics are cringeworthy and the album just goes on and on.

          • WhamBamSam

            I’m of the opinion that some albums need to be dropped. Not every song is a total winner, but enough of them are to carry the album for me. Also “Hang ‘Em High” reminds me of watching the news with my dad, so that’s like double the nostalgia in one re-thrash album.

      • Handy Donut Hole

        Oh yeah I almost forgot about that Replacire album, what a fucking standout tech death album. I had to go to my chiropractor after my first listen.

        • Tofu muncher

          Yep. I love their straightforward tech death. Those less than four-/five-minute songs are a breath of fresh air.

        • Jrod1983

          Yeah man that album is awesome, best tech death I’ve heard in a while. Love all the little quirks.

      • CongregationofFoxes

        my god yes Replacire’s release was so amazing so was Venenum’s and that pretty OK Mastodon album at the tail end of it all. I don’t know how I survived the month so many good releases.

        • Handy Donut Hole

          My wallet has been crying the last several weeks.

  • LExpoZiod

    Ah, just in time to start complaining about April’s RoTM.

    Can’t argue with these picks, though. I’d never heard of Dodecahedron before and Kwintessens grabbed me by the bollocks and refused to let go. I’ve been listening to it and the debut non-stop for the past couple of weeks.

  • Kronos

    The tides are turning toward brutality…

    • Diego Molero

      Kronos, what do you think of the new Venenum?

      • Kronos

        Have not heard it yet.

        • Diego Molero

          Ohhh, what you’re missing… Death metal album of the year, hell, fucking album of the year.

  • Diego Molero

    Venenum got robbed. That’s not cool.

  • 100% agree with Dodecahedron but I think the elephant in the room is the missing of Hope Attrition by Woe as a runner up. Just my 2c.

    • ashcindersmoke

      Oh wow thanks for the heads up on Woe I’m digging the shit out of it

    • Tofu muncher

      That Hope Attrition record is br00tal.

  • Artander

    At last a RoTM that makes sense. So far, sorry guys, it was meh. Admittedly, there is an almost inescapable tendency to miss the truly great when it is right under your nose… Simply because it challenges conventions too much, it doesn’t feel “just right” enough to receive the accolades. Looking at the list, you have to admit that most of those RoTM will probably never be talked about in a few years. To be fair, even, my personal favorites such as Vektor or King Goat haven’t passed the test of time. Anyway, well done on this one. A work of true beauty and vision. Mind expanding. Which is not the case for, say DT, Khemmis or Haken which simply offer rehashed formulas pandering to inner nostalgia for the good ole days. Keep up the good work, AMG may not offer me much nutrition, but there’s always something to chew at.

  • Jrod1983

    I’m very happy to not only see three of my favorite albums of the year here, but also the diversity of the choices as well.

    On top of these I would have added Replicire and Venenum absolutely, both have been on heavy rotation along with the ROM’s.

  • mtlman1990

    Where is Venenum?

  • Akerblogger

    Yes! I’ve finally made the podium!

  • Ben Harris

    I am surprised Pallbearer didn’t take it. Wormwood is definitely a good choice, that was playing in my truck as I opened the site and saw this post. Good list, but certainly surprising.

    • Westpaceagle

      Don’t AMG while driving

  • Mollusc

    Dodecahedron are interesting, remind me a bit of Univers Zero (also Belgian, I believe). Pallbearer… dunno, can imagine the singer sitting in his bedroom getting a bit weepy when he was writing it.

  • Mollusc

    HMG: May I release the RotM now, master?
    Mr Steel I the Drumh: Soon, my pretty.
    HMG: Oh, pleeeease…
    SD: The time is almost nigh, a few more moments then we may sit back and revel in the massive comments splurge.
    HMG: Then may I rub oil into your belly?
    SD: …you may.

    • If he rubbed oil on my belly he would have lasted longer.

      • Mollusc

        As long as it wasn’t your retirement grease, I suppose.

      • Tofu muncher

        As long as it was happy ending…

  • Ivan E. Rection

    Can’t shake my disappointment with the Pallbearer. It’s bookended with great tunes but uninspired elsewhere. And they are a local band to me so I tried hard to love it.
    Dodeca won for the cover sphere alone. It’s a damn consphereacy.

  • Diego Molero

    Venenum
    Venenum
    Venenum
    Venenum
    Venenum
    Venenum
    Venenum
    Venenum
    Venenum
    Venenum

  • Eli Valcik

    I wasn’t the biggest fan of the new Pallbearer, I enjoy it but it was too proggy for me when I boiled it down. I was just loved their previous album’s old school heavyness.

    • John Mosley

      Agree. Nice prog, but leave it to others.

      • Eli Valcik

        yep, exact thoughts

  • Bas

    Neh.. dodeca..whatever is not my cup of black tea. Pallbearer nice but in the end never manages to stick.. i can’t figure out what my problem there is…
    Temptations Wines were nr.1 of March for me,
    runners up were Venenum and Lunar Shadow.

    • ashcindersmoke

      Temptations Wings came out with one hell of an album. Still have to check out Lunar Shadow though

      • Bas

        Do check it out !
        I agree with most of Steel Druhm’s review of it.
        Its true that the songs are a bit too long. So not top, but still an album I keep listening to the last weeks…

  • Gage

    Is this March 2017 or March 2016?

  • Sean Sky

    Listened to all 3 again today during work to reassess where I stand in these and here’s my conclusion:

    Dodecahedron deserves its spot over the other two. It may even be an AotY contender. This album has actually grown on me with each listen.

    Wormwood is still a great record after a bunch of revisits but it didn’t blow my pants off this time around. Still, I’ll likely revisit this one again. There’s more enjoyment to be had from it.

    Pallbearer… I don’t know, man… I don’t think it did enough to separate itself from the previous albums. It’s just okay for me, and honestly kinda boring at times. There were at least ten other albums from March I’d have put above it. I don’t expect to see it on year end lists.

  • Thatguy

    Wrong.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Go on…

      • Thatguy

        Well, at the risk of having my reputation as a miserable old contrarian confirmed, it’s like this.

        The Dodecahedron is very good and a worthy contender. The Pallbearer is just, well, not very good and I think Akerblogger will have a severe case of buyer’s regret later in the year with regard to the Wormwood – an album I couldn’t listen to all the way through because it is trite.

        The AotM is clearly Winter by Fen, with the Dodecahedron and probably Svart Crown or the Ascended Dead as the runners up.

        That’s my opinion – for what it’s worth.

  • John Mosley

    I loved the first Dodecahedron album. This one hasn’t clicked well with me yet.

    • You wot m8?

      It is most certainly the lesser album. But then again, it did score lower, so all’s well…

  • Serjien

    If AMG’s RoTm doesnt come with any controversies nor generates heated discussion among the readership of this blog, these guys aren’t doing their jobs right!

  • GWW

    It isn’t that great of a listen. I think this band and Ulcerate are over-hyped. All this crap about Nightmares…it’s a bit over the top.

    • Drew Music

      Or perhaps a bit over your head? I’m not saying that as a dis or whatever, I only mean that maybe the atmosphere that those bands revel in might be one that happens to be unsustainable for your own specific tastes. I personally love and look for music that sounds like the soundtrack to the world falling apart, there is no over the top for me.
      Different strokes, folks, and so on.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        There’s no over the top for you? You must be Italian! ;)

        • Drew Music

          If only. Like 90% Canadian, soorry.

  • a glass o’ milk

    Whilst I’d agree that Venenum would have earned themselves a place somewhere on this list, I still think that what we have here is a good selection of albums.

  • Absolomb

    So we can maybe expect Nightbringer for April.
    We’ll see in about two months time.

    • Drew Music

      But would that be so wrong?

      • Absolomb

        Definitely not, I actually enjoyed Terra Damnata more than kwintessens so I’d be glad.

        • AgonMcDuck

          Terra Damnata is fantastic. It’s an easier listen than Kwintessens, sure.

          My RotM for April, though, is the other Naas Alcameth album that came out, Bestia Arcana’s Holokauston (sorry I can’t shut up about this record) but its physical release is coming in June and I understand AMG haven’t reviewed it yet. It’s been on Dark Descent’s Bandcamp since the 14th though. Crazy how he and the gang came out with not one but two high-quality releases this month.

          (If it had to be something reviewed here I’m picking either Nightbringer or Dynfari.)

          • Absolomb

            I’ve been meaning to check Holokauston out, I’ll have to get to that today.

          • AgonMcDuck

            Schweet. Lemme know what you think.

        • Drew Music

          I personally love Kwintessens, but Terra Damnata is definitely high on my April list. Uneven Structure seems to have the title safely in their grasp, but we have til what, August to decide our April picks, right?

  • John

    How can anything be ahead of Venenum?…ever?

  • They still haven’t done anything that beats the first track on the previous album. On the new album, I feel like the vocal limitations of the singer become a bit more apparent and uncomfortable. I feel like this band has a great album in them if they shape up where they are currently lacking.

  • Name’s Dalton

    Engulfed is my RotM for March, joined by Dodecahedron, Venenum, Sloth Herder, and Replacire. For April, Anakim, Phrenelith, and Yowie are vying for the top spot, along with Artificial Brain and a few others. Hooray for music!

  • sir_c

    Like many already said, I do miss Venenum here, they deserved at least a mentioning. But Dodecahedron and Wormwood also belong to my favs, they are incredibly good. It’s not who is better here, it’s more a matter of preference or even mood.

  • [not a Dr]

    I bet you can’t hum your opinion to an atonal melody 10 minutes after arguing on the internet.