Thoughts and mini summaries on a few things I've gotten recently, metal and nonmetal.
Swedish death metallers Interment recently released their first album titled Into the Crypts of Blasphemy after a slew of demos offered from 1991 to 1994. As you can probably surmise, these guys aren't strangers to the old school Swedish death metal sound because they were a part of it; you should expect exactly that, with dry, monstrous guitar riffs and a production that sounds dirty and gritty. The album isn't groundbreaking, but it is extremely enjoyable. A worthwhile listen.
Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets are a rock group based out of Japan. All lyrics are in Japanese, though the first few albums are instrumental-only, with heavy syth parts in place of vocal melodies that give the material a very 8 and 16-bit inspired sound. I have recently acquired the band's entire discography and, lyrics or not, they're a very fun listen. While the guitar playing is somewhat sloppy at times, it easily redeems itself by being peppy, vivacious, and extremely creative. Vocals are excellent; drumming is rather precise and skilled--quite a surprise to me. It would be an understatement to say I really enjoy this band, well, because I love them! In short, they are a fresh addition to my music library.