National Sunday Law: Festival of the Horned God (2012)
4 out of 5 stars
It's practically criminal how long I've been sitting on this one without a review, because it's actually pretty damn good. I have some trouble getting past that modern metal vocal style, but this is worth it. It's progressive and dark, with synths that bring to mind Mose Giganticus (the first track) or Opeth (the second). The last song sounds like Baroness covering Deathspell Omega, I guess? That's kind of a weird thought. This is interesting.
Sguaguarahchristis: Der Nacht (2014)
3 out of 5 stars
Sguaguarahchristis is an Italian band who play black metal that's about as clever and groundbreaking as the album title would suggest. A trebly guitar tone and less-than-ideal drum sound play some pretty OK, but predictable black metal. There is a part that I quite enjoy, which shows up in two different tracks, but one good idea doesn't do enough to make this stand out.
Demilich: 20th Anniversary of Emptiness (2014)
5 out of 5 stars
This is a reissue of Demilich's entire catalog, and I've been delaying this for so long I doubt there are any copies left (although you can get digital). If you already know Demilich, this version sounds better than the ones that were free on their web site since forever, so if you're a huge fan then maybe that's worth it. If you don't know Demilich yet, then you're missing out on perhaps the most unique band of death metal's golden era. I already reviewed Nespithe here, so check that out if you need more info.