Testament - The Gathering
A decent, if not front heavy, thrash record. I reviewed it for another site recently and noted how unique Chuck's voice is in the world of thrash metal. That gruff yet powerful style marries so well on some tracks here and also sounds completely at odds on others. Lack of solo/lead work makes this album feel somehow longer than it is too but when it rips it fucking goes for the throat.
Gorguts - Colored Sands
I can't stop listening to The Battle of Chamdo. I fucking love the drama in the composition of it and the menacing atmosphere throughout. There's an energy and synergy to this album that most records lack. With the obvious prowess of the musicians involved it is hard to expect much of anything else, but it just all feels so effortless and free flowing.
Sepultura - Arise
For my current reviewing duties elsewhere on the internet I am tasked with showcasing 90's thrash metal of which this is an absolute joy to be able to play again as I review. The last great Sepultura record that crowned that golden age of their continuous development from fledgling amateurs to established and respected artists.