The year was 1986 and the extreme’s of thrash metal were starting to be pushed to higher boundaries. With 2 albums already released, Slayer was already making a huge name for themselves. Though “Hell Awaits” was heavier and darker sounding that its predecessor, the iconic album “Reign in Blood” went even further down the same path, leaving an even bigger, if not the BIGGEST mark on metal history. Though the album is technically considered thrash metal, it should more importantly be considered as an album that hugely influenced the more extreme genres of metal, such as black and death metal. Without the blistering fast chromatic riffs written over lightning speed thrash beat drumming, you could easily see the early stages of death metal. Given the same compositions, replacing Tom Araya’s thrash screams with some harsher sounding gutteral vocals, maybe even downtune the instruments to add icing on the cake, we would easily have a death metal album. We can use Monstrosity’s cover of Angel of Death for reference.
May 2016 has some killer releases you should all be listening to. Below we are going to show you some new albums, 5 essential albums you should be reacquainting yourself to, 5 cult classics you should be discovering and 5 albums that previously came out in May of previous years. This is MetalXtreme’s Albums You Should Be Listening to in May 2016.
Hatespirit‘s ravishingly ravenous debut album Blood & Poetry is a diabolical black metal album that is filled with man’s greatest emotion, HATE. This album released 9 days ago, which means you have already missed 9 days you could have been listening to this album.
Prisoner of War‘s new album Rot dropped on May 2nd in 12 inch format from it’s April 2016 CD release. You should already be listening to this as I covered it earlier this year. For the full review check it out here.
Cadaveric Fumes‘ new debut E.P. Dimensions Obscure arrived decomposed on May 2nd. This is a sick 12″ E.P. that follows it’s own rules in death metal. French metal is not something to be fucked with.
Lucifericon‘s Brimstone Altar is an excellent Mini LP released May 2nd. This is what you get when you combine the forces of Deströyer 666, Pentacle and Malicious Dream.
Maleficence‘s Realms of Mortification is a black thrasher that is a maelstrom of plague. This 7″ mortified itself into existence on May 6th.
Blakk Old Blood has two releases corrupting the world with sin on Friday May 13th. There is their follow up E.P. to 2014’s Wrath entitled Greed and there is also a split with Black Devotion.
Coffin Lust‘s Manifestation of Inner Darkness is expected to dig it’s way out of it’s tomb on Friday the 13th. Sick rotting death metal from the land down under. If all you think about Australia is the jokes about dingo’s eating babies, Crocodile Hunter and Dundee, and that delightfully funny episode of the Simpson’s where Bart successfully pisses off the whole country, you need to start listening to more Australian metal, start with Coffin Lust. Yes, I am aware that I am the one that always makes Australian jokes in the vain of everything I just said. Example.
True Black Dawn‘s Come the Colorless Dawn will make it’s long awaited presence on May 17th. It has been 15 years since we have heard an album from True Black Dawn, aka Black Dawn, but if black metal has proven anything, especially Finnish black metal, it is quality over quantity.
Brutus is releasing Wandering Blind on May 20th. For this stoner rock vibe album, they seem to be a month late. But hey stoners gotta stone right?
Head of the Demon‘s Sathanas Trismegistos will be ascending from it’s crypt of magick on May 20th for a North American release. Check out the full review here.
Teloch‘s Thus Darkness Spake will be released May 20th. Check out the full review here.
Vainaja casts blood all over the world on May 27th with Verenvalaja. This is a sick Doom Death album that aims to please, heavy and doomy just what the mortician ordered.
Ill Omen and Slaughtbbath plan to hit the destruct button for planet earth with a monster of a split 7 inch entitled Pestilential Hierphanies on May 27th.
Firstly, because they are playing many festivals this summer, You should be listening to some Razor. Start off with our choice cut, Shotgun Justice.
It is never a bad time to listen to Pig Destroyer. Let’s all revisit Prowler in the Yard in the month of May in 2016.
Sepultura‘s Beneath the Remains is a classic that is best played in the late spring, early summer months. It is also best played any time someone tries to listen to Roots.
Helmet was and always will be an underrated band, Meantime is a sick album that is not nu-metal like how a lot of people believe it to be. Helmet was, essentially, one of the first metalcore bands. Before that term got dirtied by the post-hardcore scene of the 2000’s metalcore was what it sounds like, heavy metal and hardcore mixed together. Unlike crossover thrash of the 80’s where it was about fusing thrash and hardcore, early metalcore was heavy metal and real hardcore. The scene of the 2000’s was like fusing glam metal to post-hardcore, making two shitty things into a fucking cesspool of fuckery. So instead of listening to that bullshit, Listen to Helmet‘s Meantime. So in May, listen to Helmet‘s Meantime.
Welcome to the rainy season, welcome to the overcast skies, At the Gates would like to remind you that the Red in the Sky is Ours. While watching the rain, imagine it as if filtered red.
While everyone is getting crazy because of the nice and warmer weather, you may stop and say to yourself, “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON I FEEL LIKE I’M DEAD, IS IT LIFE AROUND ME OR AM I FUCKED IN THE HEAD!”. Cryptic Slaughter‘s Convicted needs some listens this month.
Abigail has had many different sounds since their debut album Intercourse & Lust. Let’s go back and listen to this old school Japanese black metal gem in the month of May since it is the month of mating.
Speaking of Abigail, there would be no Abigail or Bulldozer bass without the intensity of Bulldozer‘s IX. This is the epitome of a cult classic because this is proto-black metal from Italy that is looked so far beyond when the talks of who made black metal comes up.
Ok, now the reasons Abigail and Bulldozer were mentioned is because they are playing live during the summer. Know who else is playing some shows and is back from the dead, wanting to drive a .44 caliber through your skull as an attempt at brain surgery? Demolition Hammer! You need to listen to Tortured Existence to prepare yourself for this monster of a band.
Taking a step away from the world of metal for a second here and going over to it’s drug addicted brother punk, though the 18th of May is not on a Tuesday this year, you should listen to Aus-Rotten.
This Month In Metal
Released May 22nd 2006. Though it is not the revered 1993 album The Nocturnal Silence, 10 years ago Necrophobic‘s Hrimthursum was released. This is an album worth going back and listening to.
Released May 26th 1996. Bathory‘s epic Blood on Ice is the true birth of viking metal.
Released May 29th 1989. If you do not know Repulsion or if you are diehard fan, do yourself a favor and listen to some damn Horrified. Not only the origination of grindcore but one of the originators of extreme metal itself.
Released May 1986, Sodom‘s Obsessed by Cruelty is a sick proto-black thrash album.
Released May 17th, 1976. Rainbow Rising is one of the footnotes of where we are today in the world of metal.