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TOP 5 ALBUMS I’VE LISTENED TO SINCE MY HIATUS

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TOP 5 ALBUMS I’VE LISTENED TO SINCE MY HIATUS

Just because I stopped writing about metal didn’t mean that I stopped listening to it. Quite a few awesome albums dropped since my departure, and my friends have been kind enough to keep me in the loop (occasionally against my will — hey, I was on hiatus for a reason). Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately, in no particular order:

1. Einherjer, Av Oss For Oss

Einherjer has been one of my favorite bands for a very long time and it didn’t surprise me when Av Oss For Oss rocked my socks. The band has been going in a more black-ward direction since Blot, and despite my folkhead tendencies I’m loving the grimness. I’m going to Tuska (AGAIN) and of all the bands currently announced, Einherjer is by FAR the one I’m most excited about, and it’s mostly because of their most recent album.

2. Finsterforst, Mach Dich Frei

Now here’s an album that appeals to my folksy side. Oddly enough, I’d never really heard of Finsterforst before listening to Mach Dich Frei, but now I want to comb through their entire catalog. The album is edgy and dark, but still fun, and it reminds me a lot of Cnoc An Tursa. They call themselves “Black Forest Metal” on their Facebook page, and after listening to Mach Dich Frei, I totally get it.

3. Equilibrium, Erdentempel

Erdentempel was technically released BEFORE my hiatus but when you’re not a big shot heavy metal blogger, you tend to hear albums at a slightly delayed rate. First, I heard “Karawane” on Plug.dj. Then I heard “Heavy Chill,” also on Plug.dj. Then I heard “Wirtshaus Gaudi” and decided that I needed Erdentempel in my life. Why the hell haven’t these people not been booked for a headlining North American tour yet?

4. Skálmöld, Með vættum

Skálmöld has been putting Icelandic metal on the map (no offense, Beneath!) since 2009, and their output keeps getting better and better. Með vættum is as awesome as its concept, which is a woman named Þórunn traveling along the coast of Iceland battling monsters with the help of a wight. Epic. It’s not totally burned into my brain yet, but it will be in a few more commutes.

5. Ensiferum, One Man Army

I only recently got my hands on One Man Army (as in, it was the first album I listened to after our webmaster let me log back into my HearEvil email), so I’m not singing it in the shower yet. That said, Ensiferum’s unique blend of power & folk metal still brightens my day, and the “easy listening” tracks are a HUGE step up from the ones on Unsung Heroes. It’s easy to forget that Ensiferum has been around for nearly 20 years when they continue so improve with every new album they release.

What have you all been listening to?