WTJU ROCK BEST OF 2022: MR. OWL – CADMIUM
Mr. Owl’s Top 3 VIRGINIA metal albums of 2022:
Molgah – Coffin Born (Effigy Media)
McLean’s death metal 3-piece serves up a concept album combining classic horror storytelling with death metal that straddles the line between old school & modern. FFO: Deceased, Morbid Angel.
Lichen – Spore (Self-Released)
The hardest-working guys in the Virginia Beach metal scene (members of Night Hag, Sadistikum, Archaeobeast) bless us with a too-brief 2-song blast of melodic black metal. I hope there’s more on the way from this project. FFO: Darkthrone, Judas Iscariot
Foehammer – Monumentum (Silent Pendulum Records)
Annandale’s doom/sludge/death heavyweights return in a streamlined duo configuration without losing an ounce of heaviness, just gaining a gig bag full of dynamic fills courtesy of new drummer Ben Price. FFO: Primitive Man, Bongripper