Too Soon for Love: Emperor Rhombus’ Best of 2018… So Far


Why the fuck is Axl e-mailing me about this year’s Best of… So Far post? This is way too far in advance. Aren’t we not supposed to do those until June? That dude needs to check out his calendar next HOOOLY SHIT, IT’S ALREADY JUNE.

How did this happen? Just yesterday, it was January and I was puking eggnog into a Doc Marten. And now the year’s almost over. Did I even listen to any metal that I liked for the last six months? God, I’ve been so obliterated lately. The supermarket in my hood sells Becks pint cans for a dollar apiece. How am I supposed to stay coherent with those only three blocks away?

Wait, no, it’s all coming back to me. Right, the black metal racism editorial, I remember. Okay, hi, guys. Here’s the shit I’ve been jamming on since this wretched year started. Check these guys out. Christ. Do you have any Tums?

Black Howling — Return of Primordial Stillness (Independent)
Black Map —  Trace the Path (eOne)
Broken Cross —  Militant Misanthrope (Apocalyptic Visions)
Child Bite —  Burnt Offerings (Housecore)
Deathless Legacy–   Rituals of Black Magic (Scarlet Records)
Dis Orcus —  Somnabulistic Visions (Forever Plagued)
Eagle Twin —  The Thundering Heard (Southern Lord)
Haunt —  Burst Into Flame (Shadow Kingdom)
Hooded Menace —  Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Season of Mist)
Khemmis — Desolation (20 Buck Spin)
LIK —  Carnage (Metal Blade)
Lychgate —  The Contagion In Nine Steps (Blood Music)
Rebel Wizard — Great Addictions to Blindingly Dark, Worldly Life (Prosthetic Records)
Scumpulse — Rotten (Gore House Productions)
Sleep — The Sciences (Third Man Records)
Slugdge — Esoteric Malacology (Willowtip Records)
Wayfarer — World’s Blood (Profound Lore)
Uada — Cult of a Dying Sun (Eisenwald)
VHS — The New Batch (Independent)

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