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The Best Metal of May 2017

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Hi. My name is Casey. I turned 45 years old this month, I’ve been married 19 years, I have 3 kids, and I started my first metal band, Bleeding Skull, in the 5th grade. The year was 1982, I was 10. I’ve been a dirtbag metalhead hasher ever since.

Even though I’m all grown up and I make video games for a living now, my appetite for metal is as voracious as ever. Which is why I love writing this column and finding the bestest, newest, and weirdest strains of metal every month.

Here’s the best metal of May 2017, tell me what you think over on Twitter, I’m @Lynchtacular.

METAL ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Tetrafusion – Dreaming of Sleep
LOUSIANA PROGDJENT
Tetrafusion have been banging around the neo-prog scene since 2006, releasing 2 full lengths and 1 extended player in the lead up to Dreaming of Sleep. Dreaming is the quartet’s most ambitious effort to date, with a bristling mix from Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Human Abstract) and arresting clean vocals evocative of Tool/A Perfect Circle’s Maynard James Keenan.

WATCH: “BLANK PAGES + ECHO CHAMBER”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

BEST METAL OF MAY 2017
Brutus – Burst
POST SCREAM ALT ART
With the ferocity of Brody Dalle from The Distillers, the uncanny looks of Molly Hooper from the BBC’s Sherlock, and the hooks of Royal Thunder, Brutus brings a frantic new melancholy to heavy music.

WATCH: “ALL ALONG”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

Night Demon – Darkness Remains
NEXT WAVE MELODIC
Ignore the horrible album art, this is exactly the kind of band (and video) 16 year-old me would die for. It’s fast, dirty, cheesy, and reeks of Maiden (dat bass!) and all things NWOBHM.

WATCH: “WELCOME TO THE NIGHT

Beastmaker – Inside the Skull
STONER SLUDGE
This Fresno, CA trio trades in icky sticky purple-haired grooves for fans of Sabbath and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. Yes, please.

WATCH: “NATURE OF THE DAMNED

Descartes A Kant – Victims of Love
ANTI AVANTE GONZO
Rad experimental cabaret noise produced by Chicago’s finest alt-man producer and Big Black frontman Steve Albini. Definitely not your grand pappy’s metal.

WATCH: “MOTION PICTURE DREAM BOY”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

 

Wolfbrigade – Run with the Hunted
PÖST MÖTERHEAD
If Lemmy was börn this generation, he’d be the singer for Wolfbrigade. Almost every söng clöcks in at under 3 minutes, and each will have yöu spitting öut möre bröken teeth than the last.

LISTEN: “WARSAW SPEEDWOLF”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

Scale the Summit – In a World of Fear
INSTRUMENTAL ADVENTURE PROG
This Houston, TX outfit’s sixth full length release finds them moving from their older “adventure metal” sound and into jazzier, progier spaces.

WATCH: “ASTRAL KIDS” (PLAYTHROUGH); LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

Sithu Aye – Senpai EP II: The Noticing
INSTRUMENTAL FEELGOOD METHENYCORE
Sithu Aye’s follow up to his 2015 Senpai EP is unreasonably upbeat, bursting with arpeggios and anime melodic references alike. Oh Sithu, we notice you bro, we notice.

LISTEN: “ANIME AS LEADERS (THE WOVEN WEEAB)”; LISTEN: FULL EP

Enisum – Seasons of Desolation
MELODIC BLACK
With the dark melodic trance of Mouth of the Architect and the demon skree of Mayhem, Enisum deliver aggressive blackened metal that is impossibly plaintive and yearning.

LISTEN: “ROAD TO HOME”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

Galley Beggar – Heathen Hymns
WEIRDODELIC NEO FOLK
Sometimes you need some good come down music, like greasy musical pizza for your skeezy metal hangover. Galley Beggar’s are exactly that – patchouli-tinged pastoral folk that’s part folksy Led Zeppelin, part Dead Can Dance, and all awesome.

WATCH: “MOON & TIDE

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Casey Lynch is editorial director of Square Enix where he works on Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Hitman and more. His first metal show was Anthrax, Testament and Metal Church in 1987. Djent with him on Twitter @Lynchtacular 

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