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    With more than half of 2016 in the books already and the summer tour season in full swing, July is another great month for metal. There’s some truly amazing, weird and unique stuff to check out, along with an unusually hefty pile of nonsense to avoid. We’ll help you skip the latter, so hang out with us and enjoy the very best of metal this month. Listen now to the Unwinnable Metal Playlist June 2016

     

    Metal Album of the Month:

    Periphery – P3: Select Difficulty

    The follow up to last year’s crushing double-album Juggernaut: Alpha/Omega, P3: Select Difficulty is Periphery’s fifth full length release and it yet again raises the bar for djenty progressive metal writing, performance and production. There are oodles of variety, including brain-scrambling riffs aplenty (see “Motormouth” and “Prayer Position”) and huge glacial flow grooves (see “Remain Indoors,” my personal fave song on the record). Most notably there’s a newly found depth to the writing, including sprawling polyrhythmic clean sections and full-on orchestral arrangements and choir interludes, all of which gels together across 11 tracks to create another high point in the band’s ever-increasing reign of riffery.

    LISTEN “MOTORMOUTH“; LISTEN “THE WAY THE NEWS GOES…

     

    Runner Up:

    Revocation – Great is Our Sinrevocation final

    Founder/singer/guitarist David Davidson remains one of the fastest, most technically proficient death metal front men in the game, as he and the band takes us through Revocation’s neo-Megadeth-meets-Exodus-meets- Death paces of its sixth full length studio record in 16 years.

    LISTEN: “COMMUNION”; LISTEN: “PROFANUM VULGUS

     

    Best Metal of the Month:

     

    Big Business – Command Your Weather

    You can keep your guitars, Big Business doesn’t need them to rock, as proved by this full album’s worth of material performed with just bass and drums. Suffice to say, its super duper heavy.

    LISTEN: FULL ALBUM DM Final

    Dust Moth – Scale

    Dust Moth takes the typical post-sludge doom formula and sets it into orbit with booming melodies and soaring vocals from singer Irene Barber, taking Scale into territory that’s equal parts Kylesa and The Cardigans.

    LISTEN: “LIFT” 

     

    Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution

    Classic 70s-80s-ish metal riffs and an organ combine forces to create weirdo progressions and what-the vocal harmonies in a smart, fresh, and particularly unexpected way.

    LISTEN: “DEAD REVOLUTION

     

    Jason Richardson – I

    The prodigy and former Chelsea Grin guitarist’s solo debut is nothing short of an explosion of some of the most state of the art guitar work this year. It almost sounds inhuman, Richardson is that good.

    WATCH: “FRAGMENTS”; WATCH: “OMNI

     

    Deny the Cross – Alpha Ghoul

    Dirty, mean punk metal hardcore straight outta Oakland, California, marked by lashing songs that often come in at under a minute. Think a metal Choking Victim, though the vocals aren’t nearly at STZA status.

    LISTEN: “HEART LIKE SIBERIA”; LISTEN: “TEENS IN THE GRAVEYARD

     

    The Night Watch – Boundaries

    Every now and again, we find something that we just haven’t really heard before, and The Night Watch is definitely that. Boundaries is a single 36 minute instrumental song filled with metal, folk, progressive and lots of violin.

    LISTEN: FULL ALBUM 

     

    SA Final

    Spirit Adrift – Chained to Oblivion

    Not your everyday stoner metal, Chained to Oblivion is interesting, well- written, and well produced heavy sludginess with plenty of heart and soul.

    LISTEN: “FORM AND FORCE

     

    Deceptionist – Initializing Irreversible Process

    This shotgun blast to the face is for fans of hyper-technical death prog, ala The Faceless and Necrophagist. It’s ultra-heavy, ultra-fast, and plain old ultra- crazy.

    LISTEN: FULL ALBUM 

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