The Cosmic Cornucopia by Slugdge

This isn’t one album it is three. Basically all three “full length” albums by epic prog-metal Slugdge. Really heavy riffs and blast beats. Some fairly psychedelic sections. Crazy solos and breakdowns. The vocals are a little Opethy at times, but some are pretty good and heavy. A little on the metalcore side, vocally, but musically total fucking trve kvlt progmetal. It gets messy at times but the performances are always top. Check out track 4, Suffering Quahog, or just about any track for a stellar peak at this bands abilities.

Annwn by Ocrilim

This albums pretty crazy. This is a pretty crazy project. It’s a solo “classical”, or shred, metal sideproject of Mick Barr of Orthrelm, and many other experimental metal projects. It’s all guitar. I feel like the bass is an octave pedaled guitar. The bass is lofo. The guitar is epic. This comes out like a fucked up, sinister, evil, church-burning Bach if you went back in time and gave him a Bogner amp, flying Vs and Yngwie Malmsteen CDs.

Also check out Annwn 2 and other albums by Ocrilim on Bandcamp.

ConStates iii – VA

This is a cool drone compilation, with a lot of folk themes. It ends with a Natural Snow Buildings Song, Yggdrasil. It has Asva on it. Doing a drone. These are all emotional works that draw on organic elements to produce the dense sense of feeling within each track. The artists on it are all very talented and feeling musicians, very capable of conveying their thought processes through sound.

Indricothere + II by Indricothere

This is the first release by Indricothere, the solo project of Colin Marston of Behold… The Arctopus, now also a member of Gorguts. It’s heavy instrumental prog-metal with definite death metal influence. It’s less jumbled then Behold…’s work, but you can hear the similarity in the guitars. The drums are fierce for being programmed. I wonder what he used. I bet a computer program like BFD3. Hah. Great album check it out.

Also check out their second release and the rest of the six (!) albums currently available for streaming if you’re into it!