Picks Of The Month: February 2017

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for another instalment of our favourite releases from February. Get involved and check it all out below!

Natalie’s Picks

Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud (Tour Edition)
Track to check out: Silver Bride (Live at Huvila)
Our review: http://www.soundscapemagazine.com/amorphis-under-the-red-cloud-tour-edition-review/

I always feel tour editions/reissues of albums are a bit of a cop-out, but that is definitely not the case with this one. Featuring a stunning live album and two top-notch bonus songs, this is an awesome addition to an already-phenomenal release.

Ember Falls – Welcome To Ember Falls
Track to check out: Of Letting Go
Our review: http://www.soundscapemagazine.com/emberfallswelcometoemberfalls/

I’d been eagerly anticipating this album since I saw Ember Falls supporting Turmion Kätilöt last year, and it didn’t disappoint me. The electronic approach blended with metalcore is tremendous and I wouldn’t be surprised if this band goes far in the industry.

Dicepeople – Synthetic
Track to check out: Synthetic
Our review: http://www.soundscapemagazine.com/dicepeople-synthetic-review/

This song, and its accompanying EP, made a serious impression on me when I heard it earlier on in the month. This is a real earworm that you’ll keep wanting to return to.

TrollfesT – Helluva
Track to check out: Gigantic Cave
Our review: http://www.soundscapemagazine.com/trollfest-helluva-review/

The original plan was to just stick to three monthly picks per contributor, but a combination of not getting an advance promo of Helluva and my lack of hindsight (because honestly, there was no way this album was going to be anything but awesome) made me decide to bend the rules and add a very last-minute fourth pick to this month’s list. The kings of True Norwegian Balkan Metal are once again on top form and Helluva is a seriously kickass piece of work.

Dave’s Picks

Nidingr – The High Heat Licks Against Heaven
Track to check out: Sol Taker
Our review: http://www.soundscapemagazine.com/nidingr-the-high-heat-licks-against-heaven-review/

Diligently carrying the torch of true Norwegian black metal, Nidingr’s newest album casts a fiendish light on Nordic lore. Delivering an intense aural onslaught of razor sharp riffs through a blizzard of blast beats while taking their mettle onto fresh pastures.

Dreaming Dead – Funeral Twilight
Track to check out: Buried
Our review: http://www.soundscapemagazine.com/dreaming-dead-funeral-twilight-review/

Going by the naming convention of storms it would of been much more apt to call Storm Doris after Dreaming Dead, as these guys whip up an absolute tempest on their third album. Within their ‘fuck the mainstream’ attitude can be found a genuinely good metal album.

About Natalie Humphries 1843 Articles

Soundscape’s editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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