Dauþuz – Vom schwarzen Schmied (2021)

For underground metal to inherit itself, it must become what it is, which is a complex transition between modern decay and a scientific pagan folk music that brings out the natural order in a transcendental beauty of light paired with darkness, and to do that, it must go inward and unleash the complexity of its conflicts.

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Massacre – Resurgence (2021)

Like most of nowadays death metal, this album has its moments, but fundamentally, is a speed metal and heavy metal hybrid dressed up as death metal. Like rock music, it focuses on establishing tonal centers and then using fills around those to keep its riffs together, instead of getting fully chromatic and using phrasal, through-composed music.

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Deber – Aspire to Affliction (2021)

This band wears its influences on its sleeve — Evoken, Worship, Skepticism, and Colosseum — but at its core, this is something more like EyeHateGod, a riff look that breaks into an inner sanctum of something like rage, emulating a cry from the betrayed generation that carved out the rudiments of underground metal.

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