I’ve hunted around for some last minute things to check out before doing a year end list. My current (and pretty much final) queue is:
Avatarium – Avatarium
Russian Circles – Memorial
SubRosa – More Constant than Gods
Ferocity – The Sovereign
Lycus – Tempest
Tyr – Valkyrja
Heaven Shall Burn – Veto
Kataklysm – Waiting for the End to Come
Zealotry – The Charnel Expanse
I’ll probably listen to each of these around 5 times before discarding it or deciding it is in the running (and then give it more attention). This isn’t as massive a commitment as it seems because I’ve listened to most of these several times already. I also have a lot of time for listening because I’m going to be writing a final exam/grading a final exam plus I have a public transit bus commute most days, and a cross-country trip.
I guess this is a last call if you think there is something that was great this year that I should check out (especially death metal, because I feel like I really didn’t keep up with it this year).