Edit: there is an updated chart for the best metal albums in 2017. Check it out from the home page.
The first two weeks of February 2017 have been really interesting from the perspective of metal music, in particular if we if we take as a comparison what we have heard in last January.
If we have to select the most interesting music we heard in these days, the name to mention is for sure that of Power Trip. This quintet of hardcore thrashers from Texas is about to release their second album, Nightmare Logic; the three tracks which are already available on bandcamp, however, are absolutely devastating and we’re impressed with the energy and immediacy of their approach to the tracks. What really strikes in their songs is the ease with which different genres (thrash, hardcore, groove, just to mention a few) are mixed together to create an explosive and original mixture, which is at the end absolutely enjoyable to ear. Nightmare Logic will be officially released on February 24th.
The second nice surprise of this first half of the month comes from Portugal. We’re talking of Primal Attack, a five piece band which has just published their second album, Heartless Oppressor. The disc contains a number of beautiful songs and their sound is reminiscent of the early works of Machine Head. Excellent technique, a good creativity and a proven capacity in songwriting make this disc one of the best we heard so far in 2017.
We conclude this initial review for February 2017 with a mention to St. Louis southern groove thrashers Final Drive, which just published the 5th album of their career, Dig Deeper. The record shows a certain evolution in their approach to the songs compared to the past records, but the most characteristic elements of their style remain unchanged: catchy melodies, energy seeping from every riff, fast-paced rythms, and their signature southern groove which permeates most of the tracks. We are not talking of a masterpiece and even less of a milestone of metal music, but it’s in any case one of those enjoyable albums which will stay for long in our music readers.