I wish that I had the time to give Gilead Media, or at least the latest releases from said label's bands, a full-on glowing write-up, but since I really don't, I at least want all the readers to know that there is a bunch of incredible releases out on Gilead now that you should be ashamed to not have in your collection.
First and foremost is the vinyl edition of the debut full-length from Nashville black metal band Alraune, titled The Process of Self-Immolation. The CD was released by Profound Lore and to be honest, the album didn't catch on with me right away. But after spending some real time with the music, I realized that this is quite a gem. At once heavy and melodic, brutal and catchy, I can't really get enough of it now, and I like it a little bit more every time I hear it. I also wonder what my problem was when I first heard it, but I guess that's been rendered irrelevant. 3 different vinyl colors were pressed, and with the solid black ones sold out, the two colored options are still available; pick it up as soon as you can, and trust me: if it doesn't grab you right away, it will if you give it the time it deserves, and you'll be asking yourself why you were such an asshole before.
Bastard Sapling's new record is called Instinct is Forever and it is amazing. These guys have really progressed and brought their brand of black metal to a whole new level. This is saying a lot, I think, because I really enjoyed their first album quite a bit. They've clearly grown as musicians and songwriters because there is not a thing about this record that isn't flat-out great. Digital is nice, but vinyl is better, especially for this record. The vinyl just arrived in the mail today and it's playing as I type this. I highly recommend that you pick this up in one format or another sooner than later. You won't regret it.
Last but by no means least is the new Barghest record, The Virtuous Purge. Words kind of fail me on this one. I love it, It totally rips. These guys are pretty much in your face telling you that they're tired of you and the rest of the human race, and to be frank, they make a pretty strong point. The only thing better than a Barghest record is seeing them live, so if you happen to be in New Orleans on November 25th, check them out. Failing that, get this record, and get it now. You can download it here, and you can get the LP here.
So yeah, Gilead Media is, as always, killing it. And they've got more great shit on the horizon, so keep your eyes peeled. Now if there were only a new False record coming soon... one can hope that they'll put something out soon.