Here at Angry Metal Guy Dictatorship Services Ltd., we strive for self-parody. That’s why we continue to push the Record(s) o’ the Month further and further back every month. In fact, my new rule of thumb is that it’s not even worth posting Record(s) o’ the Month until regular readers begin whining in the comments of reviews they don’t care about that there isn’t a Record o’ the Month post for a particular month. Then I let it wait two more weeks. This waiting period is usually followed by the post going up and then said persons complaining that their favorite record isn’t included, making it all the sweeter! But the method is irrelevant: the point of this little exercise is that we strive to fulfill such functions for you all while fighting to lose all the credibility and dependability we’ve continued to build in spite of our great efforts to the contrary!

On a more serious note: this October edition is a special one. Normally—unless I just straight up disagree with someone—I take the highest score of the month and make that Record o’ the Month. This month, however, I really want to spotlight this special album.

Dreamgrave - Presentiment

Dreamgrave‘s Presentiment is this Hungarian band’s debut full-length, and it’s a self-released opus to boot. With no label support and basically just “cold emailing,” I clicked a link to this band’s soundcloud and heard the opening track to the album. If I had to sum up my impression in a sentence? Think: Demiurg‘s masterful Slakthus Gamleby with less Stockholm and more Gothenburg. I was excited. After emailing the band to get a proper review copy, I’ve given this album a lot of time. Partially because I love it, and partially because it’s complex and simply just needs the time. And what I came to? Presentiment is a special record from a special band which writes “evocative, powerful, and technically impressive music—wandering through complex time signatures and lacing them together into epic songs.” And through it all “there is also a sense of balance on Presentiment; things are in their place, and epic turns never feel forced—it all fits perfectly.” Check it out.

Runner(s) Up:

RIOT_Unleash the FireRiot V // Unleash the Fire — Few bands live up to expectations, and even fewer come back from the loss of a founding member to knock out a record worthy of their legacy. Riot V has done so to Steel Druhm‘s thankful surprise: “I admit doubting them, but Riot V kept their classic sound and made a proper sequel to Immortal Soul. In a time when so few albums live up to expectations, this feels like a particularly generous gift from a band I’ve grown up with and worshipped.” Unleash the Fire is chock full of “speedy, aggressive, fist pumping and epic” tracks “with vocals that compel a sing along regardless of venue or social mores,” and listeners should be prepared for a tour de force of excellent metal.

Revocation Deathless 01Revocation // Deathless — Revocation is one of metal’s most exciting bands. So it was with some excitement that we here at AMG sent off Deathless to Kronos. When he emerged from the listening/starvation chamber, he had great news to report: “Deathless is unlike any Revocation album before it, retaining an unmistakable core identity while pushing the envelope further and in different dimensions than the band has ever gone before. Its greatest triumph is in how completely unpredictable it is – not in song structures, riffs, or even tonality, necessarily – but in unprecedented writing that continuously confounds.” Stripped down and simultaneously progressive, Deathless is triumphant.

Anaal_Nathrakh_Desideratum 01Anaal Nathrakh // Desideratum — Grymm got his fair share of apocalyptic duos during October, Anaal Nathrakh‘s latest effort impressed the hell out of others on the AMG staff as well. There’s something like barely contained chaos and insanity in Anaal Nathrakh‘s sound that makes them near impossible to deny, and Desideratum is no exception. Mr. Grymm was impressed by the band’s millennialist fervor, but not surprised: “Desideratum is a statement of malicious intent, a call-to-arms to rally the masses and bring forth armageddon. Anaal Nathrakh continue their brand of grinding merriment, sanity be damned, and they are taking your sorry ass with them. Submit, and revel in the insanity yet again.”

Alunah Awakening The ForestAlunah // Awakening the Forest — Expectations for Alunah‘s newest release were sky high, but instead of crumbling under them they stepped up and produced a retro doom record worthy of their pedigree. El Cuervo got Alunah-duty and reported it like this: “Another record like this one, and Alunah will assuredly be ensconced in the pantheon of doom greats. They’ve moved from strength to strength and Awakening the Forest boasts their honed dynamics and majestic songwriting.” Any time one’s name is being bandied about with Pallbearer for “best doom metal record of the year” you know you’re on good footing.

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  • This is an outrage! Riot is clearly the top banana for the month and I demand a recount!

    • euthanatos

      now we see the violence inherent in the system!

      • COME AND SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE SYSTEM! I’M BEING REPRESSED!

  • AndySynn

    I missed the Alunah review somehow.

    Random fact: I am very good friends with the artist who did their album cover (and in fact he has done our album cover too).

    • De2013

      The cover is a killer piece of art. Just as the music on the album.

    • you should congrat him/her for me! what a cover!

  • Soze

    Haha. I’m spoilt for choice picking an aotm for October, half a dozen stellar releases. None of which would include these five!!! Admittedly I’ve never heard of your top pick. I’d give the nod to Sanctuary though, racked up almost twenty listens already, just gets better and better with each one.

    I thought the Revocation pretty awful. Each to their own I guess…

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Oh AMG, trying to maintain dominance in a website you have less and less control over. It’s okay man, just let it go.

    I’m kidding, please don’t kill me.

    • NEIN!

    • NEIN!

      • André Snyde Lopes

        To be fair, I just listened to it and the Dreamgrave album is pretty damn good. I reminds me a lot (and I mean a LOT) of french avant-garders Akphaezya.

    • Stefano Kevin Prince Vitali

      Angry Metal Elsa?!?

  • Carniverous Ruminant

    Are you guys going to review the new Dawnbringer album? I’m curious to get your take. I’ve become a Chris Black superfan, mostly because of your “Into the Lair of the Sun God” review.

    • I’m not sure we ever saw promo for it, unfortunately.

      • Carniverous Ruminant

        I just sent Profound Lore records an email. Hopefully they’ll rectify this mistake. I’ve turned on at least a dozen people to the brilliance of Sun God over the last two years, even some non-metal fans, and I would have never heard of them if I hadn’t read your review.

        • I appreciate that. Profound Lore has been very spotty with giving us promo. I’m not precisely sure why, frankly. Likely just forgotten or possibly offended? Hard to know.

          • DIMENSIONAL BLEEDTHROUGH

            Night of the Hammer might be my Album of the Year. It’s fucking head and shoulders above so much other stuff this year.

        • We may have to do it as a Things You Might Have Missed.

          • Grymm

            Just bought it today, so that’ll be up soon!

    • Grymm

      Funny you should mention Dawnbringer. I just bought it today while with a friend in Columbus, Ohio. Expect a Things You Might Have Missed on it very soon.

    • Siege Bantayan

      There’s new Dawnbringer? Holy hell I need to get that ASAP.

      • Carniverous Ruminant

        It’s also interesting to hear the difference in Chris Black’s voice. It sounds like a completely different dude.

  • Solbrave

    Did you guys hear the new Swallowed album?

  • Vicente Urrutia

    Seriously guys, new Scar Symmetry album isn’t bad… I personally found it their best since the Alvestam era ended, it didn’t dissapoint.

    • Put me to sleep. Really couldn’t get into it.

      • Vicente Urrutia

        All right, still Dreamgrave is the best of the month.

  • Andy_0

    You guys dun goofed. Thy Darkened Shade is one of the best albums of the year.

    • Luke_22

      Holy shit, just heard a track from that Thy Darkened Shade album. Sounds incredible!

  • Schmitzel

    I just wanted to say that Alunah means “peanut” in Romanian, which kinda really kills the mood :). Otherwise really digging the Dreamgrave album!

  • Icki

    This kind of saddens me. I always thought the ROTM list was AMG’s ROTM list, which was personal and pretty cool. Instead there’s a bit of an admission in here that it’s just a compilation of the highest scores and a few quotes from the reviews. Still great, but takes away some of the shine.

    Since I never comment, I should take the opportunity to say I still love you all at AMG, you make my life way way better! And for free to boot.

    • Back when it was just AMG and myself that might have worked, but as we got bigger and added writers it didn’t make sense to limit it to one person’s list. We save that for the end of the Year Best Of lists where we all get to show what we loved the most.

    • I have two responses: 1) There is a strong Angry Metal Guy bias in these lists. Godflesh got a higher rating from Grymm than Anaal Nathrakh, for example. But I like AN’s record a lot better: therefore I put it up. Generally, I tend towards choosing my favorite album of the month as “the” album of the month: but sometimes I can’t justify doing that, so I take the highest rated/most exciting among the staff. 2) There have also been times when I’m simply so busy that I’m not consuming large amounts of music. During that time, I definitely would not have even posted a record o’ the month if not for the staff reviews. So, ultimately, it’s a blend by necessity.

      • Eryops

        You forgot 3) When White Wizzard releases something new, all bets go out the window.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Huzzah for independent music.
    Good to see an orb-less and label-less band take out ROM. I havent had a chance to check this out yet but at $5 in bandcamp, think I’ll just pick it up anyway.

    • Eryops

      Heck, I’m prolly going to throw $10 their way. Good stuff.

  • Osama Bhatti

    There were a lot of high-rated albums this month. Making this list must have been difficult.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Huge month when you consider the bands that missed that list!
    Even though I’ve not picked it up yet, Im quite shocked that the Soen record didn’t get the AMG ROM. The other surprise, given the omissions is that the DR4 destruction of the Anaal Narkarth record made the list.

    For me October ROM is a three way battle to the death between Horrendous, Godflesh and Inter Arma (You guys need to do a thing we missed on Inter Arma).

    • Antoine Roth

      Tellurian came out in November, and will probably be record o’ that month (and justly so) ;).

      • AlphaBetaFoxface

        Well, well, well! What do we have here?

  • Doomdeathrosh

    Ok…1)Dreamgrave took me by surprise!will be keeping a close watch on them.2)Huge respect for Riot V for coming back from the dead! That album cover sure signifies a lot. 3) Anaal have simply gone ANAL this year! I mean how is V.I.T.R.I.O.L able to speak after those tearing vox?! and 4)thank you for the end-of-november albums-of-october AMG, give yourself a PAT ON THE BACK!!

  • Doomdeathrosh

    And you guys should listen to the new Nader Sadek! some good death metal in that!

    • Have heard, but it’s an EP so I’m not really dropping a review on it.

  • Chronic-Headache

    Obligatory bitching post on how Desideratum wasn’t THE album of the month

    AMG is my first target come Ragnarok/Armageddeon/Kali Yuga/Nuclear Fallout!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Is that a threat??

      • Chronic-Headache

        Think of it more as an invitation. Don’t forget your bastard sword and I’ll meet you at Tel Meggido

    • Sure it was. But let me tell you something else: Dreamgrave has no label, no promotional machine, no nothing. They’re just independent metal musicians trying to get their music out there. Any little thing I can do to promote what I see as a genuinely cool, entirely independent release is something that I want to do.

  • Luke_22

    Yeah can’t go wrong with the plethora of killer releases in October. Looking forward to checking out that Dreamgrave album.

  • Alexandre Barata

    Dreamgrave would be even better if it was reviewed during October :P (I know it came out during October, but it feels like you’ve been waiting to review it to make the October’s list…Which was what probably happened!!ahahah)

    • Alexandre Barata

      Also, WHAAAAAT??!! No Abazagorath, nor Blut Aus Nord????!!!! BM is crying (I can hear some lonely guy on is cabin in the middle of the woods playing The Crying Orc, by Burzum for this)

      • Black metal can cry all it wants. I really don’t like BAN basically at all. And I didn’t hear Abazagorath because black metal hasn’t interested me in like 6 years.

        • Alexandre Barata

          Pfffff

    • That’s exactly what happened. ;)

  • brutal_sushi

    No mention of Black Crown Initiate?! WTF!!! But that Dreamgrave release is pretty damn great!

  • Geno816

    Might I be the first one to mention the elephant in the room? You know, the comeback record 19 years in the making from the seminal Gothenburg greats?