IN ROTATION: Our most played albums in February 2019

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February marks the beginning of my work here at Blessed Altar Zine and I couldn’t be more excited to write about the music I enjoy. February was a busy month for me because I needed to rethink a daily schedule so I could fit in writing with my other daily activities while going through a few releases from 2018 that I wanted to write about, but I still managed to enjoy a few new albums along with an old gem. Without further ado, let’s get right into it.


Technical death metal has become a stale genre as of late and one that tends to take itself a bit too serious. It has been a while since I heard a tech death band that puts out music that can be coupled with the term “fun”. Vale of Pnath does just that. The songs definitely do not lack complexity, but they do not sound overly grim and the riffs and blazing solos will keep you coming back for more.

OSSUARIUM – Living Tomb (2019)
For those who prefer to keep things a tad slower , Ossuarium put out a great death metal album laced with doom elements and a ghoulish atmosphere. Listening to it feels like exploring a damp catacomb with bones embedded in its walls and with a creeping sensation that there’s someone watching you.

ITHACA – Language of Injury (2019)
This album caused quite a stir when it came out for good reason. ITHACA sets out to create passionate music with meaningful lyrics. The album is comprised of 10 bursts of rage that are sure to help you get through the day.

CONVERGE – Jane Doe (2001)
This album had a huge impact on me as a young metalhead. It’s sheer ferocity and intensity left me speechless. Even to this day I get the same cathartic experience after listening to it, something I can’t say about many records.

SAOR – Forgotten Paths (2019)
This album came out just in time for spring. It’s impossible not think of endless, bright green, fields and mountain peaks covered in fog. 2019 just begun, but this will end up as one of my favourite albums without a doubt. It’s a shame it’s so short.