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Early releases in a band’s career can really show you where they are going, and sometimes can show you just how good they are going to be. Here’s my favourites from this year, and why a demo is still as important as ever.

10. Funerary Bell – Graveyard Seance: in a year where black metal didn’t strike me as often as I’d like, Funerary Bell’s EP gave me hope that the genre still has a lot of merit. Injected with menace, and a ghostly shriek pushes them onto my list.

9. Gaijin – Gaijin: Technical death metal carnage from a band who will be very interesting to keep an eye on.

8. Heathen Beast – The Carnage of Godhra: What would become the last third of ‘Trident’, ‘The Carnage at Godhra’ is a brutal piece of quality, chunky black metal that benefits from dashes of ethnic instrumentation and socio-political lyrics.

7. Exenemy – Overture: One of the finer bits of traditional and power metal I’ve come across this year, Exenemy rip some high quality riffs with oodles of melody. Killer stuff.

6. Heaven Abhorred – Opening the Gate: Raw, malevolent black metal goodness. Channeling second wave black metal legends, Heaven Abhorred are another to keep an eye on.

5. Severe Lacerations – Incantation of Sorrow: Killer North West death metal with a ruthless streak a mile long, this will be a band to keep an eye on. Brutality plain and simple.

4. Mist – Inan: What a beautiful piece of doom this is. Reminding me of my favourite record from last year, Mount Salem’s ‘Endless’, Mist have perfected this kind of Sabbathian groove. I love it

3. Hellripper – The Manifestation of Evil: Oh my fucking christ this slays. It slays so hard I bought the tape, and I don’t have a tape player! ‘Total Mayhem’ could be my favourite song of the year, although it has some stiff competition.

2. Runemaster-  Futhark Dawning: This is prime heavy metal. This is metal at it’s beating, stone heavy heart. Each anthem is catchy, each riff is killer, and the simple fact that it channels such a primal feeling of joy means that its a favourite.

1. Plague Rider – Paroxysm: This is one of the weirdest death metal mindfucks I’ve heard in ages, and that simple fact puts it to number one. Plague Rider are in no way afraid to do anything they need to create something truly special. ‘Paroxysm’ is my number one for its fearless invention and its brutality.








Gaijin are touted to be THE next big thing coming out of India. Their debut self titled EP is only three tracks, but being produced by Pierre Remillard, who has coaxed some of death metal’s more interesting albums from the likes of Gorguts and Cryptopsy, this has great potential.

Opener ‘Dead Planet’ is definitely a jarring, technical experience. Full of dizzying tempo changes, with atonal melodies shooting off in all directions, it’s hard to keep track of at times. New death metal bands that attempt something different on their debut always go over well with me. You can feel the influences of those Canadian bands previously mentioned, but there’s also dashes of Pestilence and Atheist in there too. ‘Meiosis’ is more of the same, high quality tech death instrumental that is more focused in its attack. ‘Anamnesis’ has a more overt Gorguts style, but the musicianship on display is frankly staggering for a new band.

Gaijin are going to be big. Their debut is self assured but not overly self indulgent. The material is strong, and it remains to be seen whether they’ll add more vocals into the mix or remain a bit more instrumental, but whatever they decide, it’ll be a hell of a ride.