Bungler - The Nature of Being New, March 3
Following up a rock-solid debut in Fake Fur, Bungler are back with The Nature of Being New, a leaner and more wild-eyed capitalization on the promise they showed on that album and the berserker persona they exude live.
Gorephilia - Severed Monolith, March 3
Gorephilia’s Embodiment of Death didn’t need to break ground to make it shake, rolling out a well-versed take on the gritty pleasures of old-school Finnish death metal. All signs point to another Tiger tank of an album in Severed Monolith, and I don’t think we’d want it any other way
Darkest Hour - Godless Prophets and the Migrant Flora, March 1
Darkest Hour’s return to the visual aesthetics of Deliver Us sets quite a few expectations for Godless Prophets… that they appear to be reaching, and even exceeding, if advance reviews are to be trusted. It’s been a long time since anyone considered a Darkest Hour album essential listening, but judging by the quality of recent comebacks from metalcore peers like Unearth and Killswitch Engage, we shouldn’t be so quick to write Darkest Hour off just yet
Dodecahedron - Kwintessens, March 17
Dodecahedron is a wicked little band from the Netherlands who veer back and forth between the tenets of Deathspell Omega and Ulcerate on the blackened death metal spectrum, all but guaranteeing Kwintessens a spot between Shrines of Paralysis and The Synarchy of Molten Bones on the distinguishing metalhead’s shelf. Let’s hope they’ve toned down the full-length ambient interludes and built up the madness they so convincingly projected on 2012’s self-titled affair.
Fit For An Autopsy - The Great Collapse, March 17
Following up their breakthrough album Absolute Hope Absolute Hell, The Great Collapse will hopefully see the band digging into the “Gojira-core” sound they adopted for that record, leaning a little more heavily on that rich influence. Joe Badolato has made a great impression between Absolute and The Depression Sessions, their split with Thy Art is Murder and The Acacia Strain, demonstrating that what he lacks in power compared to previous vocalist Nate Johnson, he more than compensates for on every other level. If he and the band can sustain their upwards trajectory, we may see a powerful contestant to Thy Art’s bid for the deathcore crown.
Pallbearer, Heartless, March 17
Pallbearer are one of the most popular and well-liked doom metal acts currently in the business, quickly establishing a reputation for expertly wrought, emotionally overwhelming metal. Despite extensive runtimes and an atmosphere of overbearing melancholy, Heartless looks to provide still more evidence that doom metal can be strangely and wonderfully accessible while still providing all the catharsis necessary to the style.
Falls of Rauros - Vigilance Perennial, March 31
So-called “Cascadian” black metal was on the rise for a while but seems to have stalled out a bit as its flagbearers experiment with less constrictive sounds and its later generations miss the point. Falls of Rauros are one of the scene’s more recognizable names, back after three quiet years with the evocatively-titled Vigilance Perennial. Hopefully, they’re back to shows us how it’s done.
Mastodon - Emperor of Sand, March 3
Mastodon have gone through a number of phases since the thrashy gloom of Remissions, but their current incarnation, last captured on Once More ’Round the Sun, really hones in on the progressive tone that underscored their career up to that point. While some may lament the gradual blunting of their metal edge over the years, Emperor of Sand looks to bring the prog to the fore without losing the creative spirit that’s allowed them to endure.
The Moth Gatherer - The Comfortable Low, March 31
March will end with a new EP from Sweden’s critically-acclaimed The Moth Gatherer, a post-metal act that made an impact two years ago with the The Earth is the Sky, whose meditation on grief The Moth Gatherer is not yet finished with, if the title is any indication of what we can expect.
Logan, March 3
Had someone asked me if I was excited for Logan after the initial trailer release, I probably would have rolled my eyes. Another superhero is the last thing the world needs, in my brutal opinion. After seeing that trailer in front of other films and the different iterations, it started growing on me, especially the later ones showing the hard R rating. Even though Deadpool also the hard R, it wasn't really because of the violence, they just had a ton of swearing and a fuck montage. A superhero film that promise to be mainly bloody and violent, I'm down. This can hold me over for a standalone Punisher film that's hard R... Yeah, I don't think there's one in development, but a man can hope
Kong: Skull Island, March 10
I liked Peter Jackson's Kong… Sue me. Seeing another Kong film is all I need. Although, the prospect of a brighter and colorful world with Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman, and John C Riley as the comic relief is really exciting
Song to Song, March 17
I only just started diving into Terrence Malick’s catalog with Thin Red Line and Badlands in the mail after the recent Criterion sale, I'm certainly going to check out what's he's doing currently. I wouldn't really consider his films appropriate for the site (I don't think anyone cares about artsy films that don't have action and aren't science fiction), this is about a musician on the road with his manager, so right up the alley of our primary readers coming for the music. Also, Michael Fassbender is in it and I have a man crush on him.
Life, March 24
Jake Gyllenhaal is in it and I have a man crush on him as well. In all seriousness, it looks like a perfectly disposable science fiction film about astronauts finding life and soon they figure out it kills.
Ghost in the Shell, March 31
While I respect that the original Ghost in the Shell is one of the best anime films of all time, I don’t hold it that highly, but I’m really stoked for this. Scarlett Johansson is badass, a good amount of practical effects are shown off and look beautiful, and the director isn’t an oblivious dude adapting he knows nothing about. So at the very least, it shouldn’t be terrible, and that's all I need.
- ML Team