Unwinnable Monthly: Battle Jacket

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As the 2016 Summer Olympics wind down and the insanity of the U. S. presidential election heats up, it’s time to push everything superfluous aside and answer the one question that really matters…

Do you want to live deliciously . . . and listen to the very best metal of the month together?

Of course you do! All hail Black Phillip!

Listen now to the Unwinnable August Metal Playlist

METAL ALBUM OF THE MONTH:

Virvum — Illuminance

This 4 piece from Zurich, Switzerland combine the speed and precision of Necrophagist with the otherworldliness of Between the Buried and Me to monthproduce a fresh yet familiar take on progressive technical death metal. Illuminance leans into its fretboard acrobatics with haunting melodies that ricochet between quicksilver riffs, off time stomps and tremolo picking aplenty. Yeah, you should just listen to them.

WATCH: “AD RIGOREM

RUNNER UP:

Plini — Handmade Cities

The Sydney, Australia guitarist known as Plini is part of the vanguard of the instrumental progressive polyrhythmic neo math-metal scene (think Sithu Aye, Chon and the much more frenetic Jason Richardson). Plini and his incredibly talented band explore the intersections and collisions between jazz, fusion and metal guitar.

WATCH: “PAPER MOON” in North America; LISTEN: “ELECTRIC SUNRISE

BEST METAL OF THE MONTH:

Tardive Dyskinesia — Harmonic Confusion

This Greek quartet named after a neurological disorder delivers a unique mix of post-hardcore filled with aggressive rhythm changes, throat shredding roars and unexpectedly melodic Alice in Chains-esque vocal harmonies.

LISTEN: “THE ELECTRIC SUN”; LISTEN: “THREAD OF LIFE

Devin Townsend Project — Transcendence

Transcendence delivers more of the great bald one’s brooding harmonies, huge production values and dramatic virtuosic guitar that is as unique and original as his twisted point of view.

LISTEN: “FAILURE

Ringworm — Snake Church

Dirty, barbarous and savage, Ringworm channels the very best of the classic, unhinged Relapse sound while dragging it into 2016 with punishing vocals and bristling production.

WATCH: “SNAKE CHURCH”; LISTEN TO: FULL ALBUM

Anciients — Following The Voice

Even though Anciients new album Voice of the Void doesn’t come out until October, this single totally rocks. Their debut, Heart of Oak, established them as a genuinely fresh take on the neo-vintage beard metal revival.

LISTEN: “FOLLOWING THE VOICE

The Dillinger Escape Plan —Limerent Death

Similarly, Dillinger’s upcoming album Dissociation hits in October, but a new Dillinger song is a new Dillinger song. And considering the band is plancalling it quits after their upcoming touring cycle for the new record, we need to celebrate them as much as we can while we can.

LISTEN: “LIMERENT DEATH

Howling Giant — Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 1

This three piece play their own brand of booming sludge metal that both crashes with fangs bared (“Dirtmouth”) and jams with bluesy stonerness (“Mothership”).

WATCH: “DIRTMOUTH”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

Inquisition — Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith

I’ve probably been watching too much DEATHGASM, but this black metal goodness hits all the right notes. How can it not with an album title like that?

LISTEN: “WINGS OF ANU

Skeletonwitch — Aphotic Gloom

If you’re looking for a classic thrash death
fix, Skeletonwitch deliver the vintage- sounding goods. High octane riffage and
torn up vocals mark this catchy yet concussive EP.

LISTEN: “WELL OF DESPAIR”; LISTEN: “RED DEATH, WHITE LIGHT

Helms Alee — Stillicide

Helms Alee are totally on their own atmospheric alternative metal wavelength, which the powerful three-piece from Seattle, Washington testifies to across this moody eleven track album.

LISTEN: “TIT TO TOE”; LISTEN: “UNTOXICATED

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