A post-black-metal masterpiece, the heir to rap-core, and SW symphonics

This week’s best albums:

With more interspersed melody and dynamics (plus a “screamo” influence), post-black-metal outfit Deafheaven turns in a masterpiece for its second LP.

Legendary metalcore band Integrity is back with more hellacious riffs and harrowing monotone screams.

Super-group The White Mandingos (MURS, Darryl Jenifer, Sacha Jenkins) is the rap-core heir you’ve been hoping for since Ice-T’s Body Count dropped “Cop Killer” in 1992.

“Loop-based riffs/power duo” Noxious Foxes combines more winding, aggressive riffs with breakneck beats and nonsensical portmanteaus.

Prog-metal quartet Scale the Summit takes an epic journey.

Southwestern indie-folk outfit Calexico gets the live symphonic treatment.

Honorable Mentions

Black Sabbath: 13 (Vertigo / Republic)

Boards of Canada: Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)

BoySetsFire: While a Nation Sleeps (Bridge Nine)

Children of Bodom: Halo of Blood (Nuclear Blast)

Date Palms: The Dusted Sessions (Thrill Jockey)

Dreamers Dose: At Least We’re Happy

Gold Panda: Half of Where You Live (Ghostly)

John Vanderslice: Dagger Beach (Tiny Telephone)

Emily Wells: Mama Acoustic Recordings (Partisan)