This week’s best albums
– Led by Jason Schimmel of Estradasphere and Secret Chiefs 3, Atomic Ape’s debut will be one of the year’s best in progressive, adventurous style convergence.
– Utilizing ponderously heavy yet extra-melodic riffs, haunting vocal switches, powerhouse drumming, and rumbling low end, Helms Alee proves once again that it capital-R rocks.
– With its debut LP, ††† (Crosses) — featuring Chino Moreno (of Deftones), Chuck Doom, and Shaun Lopez (of Far) — supplies gauzy drapes of sound for Moreno to demonstrate the full extent of his powers as a vocalist when he holds back.
– Finland’s Whispered delivers a sophomore album of Oriental metal that’s even more epic and orchestrated than its predecessor.
The Glitch Mob: Love Death Immortality
Illum Sphere: Ghosts of Then and Now (Ninja Tune)
Tinariwen: Emmaar (Anti-)
Thumpers: Galore (Sub Pop)