Alaric LP

Call it dark punk, call it post-punk, call it death rock - call it whatever you want, but no matter how you cut it, the self-titled LP from Oakland, California's Alaric is one of the year's stand-out releases. The LP embodies a dark, moody atmosphere that sounds fresh while remaining whole-heartedly nostalgic. It's not really metal, but it does have an irreverent metal spirit behind it - it is heavy, brooding and melancholy at times, and features some of the more memorable guitar licks heard in recent times.

Available on LP and CD, or digitally (you can also stream it for free), from 20 Buck Spin now.

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