Mabuta – Welcome to This World
This South African quartet… Wait no it says five piece band… But wait, there are six names credited. WHICH IS IT, THEN?
That conundrum aside, Mabuta is a world fusion jazz band from Cape Town, and this is their debut album. It does an excellent job of bringing you some tasty fusion licks along with some traditional African music embedded in it. Welcome to This World is a fantastic debut!
Exlimitir – It Weighed Itself in Silver
This is some top-tier death metal with technical leanings in the vein of Demilich, Diskord, Thoren, and Nauseant. Give this one a (free) download!
Bruce Lamont – Broken Limbs Excite No Pity
Bruce Lamont’s upcoming album is a superb experimental rock record. There’s a lot of spoken word, and western spaghetti vibes, somewhat akin to Robot Monkey Arm. There’s also some jazz and drone influences, so this is a pretty eclectic release that is sure to keep you invested for a while.
Terrestre – Montuhotep
Madrid’s Terrestre is a post-metal band that have been active for some time, and they just released their latest album. For forty-five minutes straight, the Spanish trio will take you on a trip with heavy, fuzzy, bass-driven riffs and soaring guitar atmospheres. If anything I mentioned here interests you, give this one a shot!
Antoine Fafard – Proto mundi
Montreal bassist, guitarist, and composer Antoine Fafard is a musical beast, and Proto mundi is his latest project. This is a science-fiction-themed jazz fusion album with extensive, convoluted songs played by an array of international-level musicians. The album came out in late 2017, but it’s never too late to enjoy this complete masterpiece.
Æthĕrĭa Conscĭentĭa – Tales from Hydhradh
If you like your black metal with a good saxophone as a main instrument and wild Lovecraftian sci-fi, then look no further than French band Æthĕrĭa Conscĭentĭa. While the production value could be considerably improved, the current state of affairs is not to overlook. This sounds like an amazing band-to-be, and I sure do hope they tap into this potential on further releases!
Gimnàs Trinku Trinku – Gimnàs trinku trinku
Somewhere between jazz, punk, and noise rock lies Gimnàs Trinku Trinku. The Spanish sextet released what I assume is their debut album: little more than twenty minutes of intense jazz that’s at times atmospheric, but most of the time aggressive and relentless. Think of this as a sort of grind-jazz, and it should be okay. This EP is quite incredible!
Nostril Caverns – Sanity’s Unnecessary Elaborations
The concept behind this experimental tech-death release was to create songs with one hundred non-repeating sections. The result of this experiment is one crazy forty-five-minute album in nine songs. Hats off to the sole man behind the project for recording all instruments himself, which only adds to the madness of this album. Be sure to try it!
Jean Jean – Froidepierre
Three Trapped Tigers is a name that resonated with a lot of people, and even though I enjoyed their stuff quite a bit, I always thought how they could be more than this. France’s Jean Jean comes closer to my imagined ideal sound for that subgenre on their latest album, Froidepierre. Glitchy post-rock guitars, electro music atmosphere, and a few small jazzy touches here and there suffice to make it an enjoyable ride.