One release that didn't hit my radar until very recently is Haemoth's In Nomine Odium. Haemoth are a two-piece consisting of Haemoth (vocals, guitars, bass) and Syht (drums) firmly rooted in the occult. I grabbed a copy of their latest crusher over the weekend and have been steadily working my way through each putrid passage. After a full week of non-stop spinning I have concluded that In Nomine Odium fucking rules.
There are a lot of reasons why I enjoy this album, but the main thing that keeps me coming back is the perfect balance of unrelenting chaos and suffocating atmosphere. I particularly love the vocals on this release (possibly because they remind me of Corvus when he was with Horna) and I think they are the element that ties everything together. That isn't to say that the album is particularly lacking in any one area, but a different vocal style would not suit this maelstrom of satanic glory. The guitar work throughout In Nomine... is top-notch, and makes me think of Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam era Gorgoroth (which is a good thing).
There are moments on In Nomine Odium that drag on a little too long, but they are few and far between. This album is pretty much bullshit free. What you get are 45 minutes of blackened fury. I wish I had known about this one earlier in the year because I have a feeling it would have had a spot on my year-end list. If you fancy black metal this album should be a no-brainer for you, and if you don't like black metal then why the fuck did you read this far?
HAEMOTH - SON OF THE BLACK LIGHT