It’s been sunshine and metal time this June. If you haven’t had a chance to hear the four albums that make my list this month, you’re going to want to go and check them out!
#1.Exmortus – The Sound of Steel
Someone warn Jerry Brown, because this heavy slab of thrashy death metal may threaten to tear California apart right along the San Andreas fault. You definitely have to be interested in death metal stylings to get into this album, but the melding of the two styles will leave the listener feeling sufficiently pummeled. Don’t be afraid to travel into the maw of hell and feast on flesh with this offering from Exmortus!
#2. Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit
For those of you who have already read Morgan‘s piece, we promise we didn’t plan this (though we probably wouldn’t apologize if we did, because this album kicks that much ass!). The title of the album is a reference to Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” which is a song about lynching. In an interview by Metal Riot’s own Morgan Y. Evans, Manuel Gagneux had this to say about the connection, “And yes, there are issues that still need addressing. But in this case I was referring to the bodies not hanging, like in the original poem, but laying lifelessly on the ground with holes in the fruit’s flesh.”
You’re going to want to make sure you check out this album!
#3. Down Among The Dead Men – … And You Will Obey Me
The crusty death metal offerings of Down Among The Dead Men caught my attention this month. The band has released two albums previous to this one, Down Among the Dead Men (2013) and Exterminate! Annihilate! Destroy! (2015). Despite their “supergroup” status, I’d never heard of this band until this month. … And You Will Obey Me is far-and-away the heaviest album I’m writing about in this month’s wrap-up, if you’re into death metal or crust punk, you’re going to want to check out this album.
#4. Impending Doom – The Sin And Doom, Vol. II
As an agnostic trans woman, it always seems risky to promote a Christian band, but I’ve always been into Impending Doom’s stylings, I’ve yet to catch them doing anything homophobic or transphobic, and when I had a chance to talk to vocalist Brook Reeves a million years ago, he seemed like a cool guy. For all that, and for it’s own merit as a deathcore offering that can hold its own, I’ve put The Sin and Doom Vol. II on the list this month.
As I wrap up I want to take a minute to note Mike Shinoda’s Post Traumatic. It was originally going to be on this list, and is well worth anyone’s time, but there were just so many other good albums this month, and Post Traumatic isn’t strictly-speaking, a metal album, so I decided not to include it. That being said, please, give it a listen.
And as always, let us know what albums you think we missed or overlooked! Let us know what your top albums for June looked like!