All of these albums are available at no charge, but throwing some money at these bands can help secure this new surge of creative, proficient, and above all excellent metal.
Colosso - Abrasive Peace
Colosso is the brainchild of Max Tomé, Portugese song writer, musician and singer extraordinaire. The aim of the project was to produce a "no boundaries" death metal album, and in that he has certainly succeeded. Joined on the album by Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Aborted, Scarve, Bent Sea) on drums, this album is really quite an accomplishment.
Opening with the sound of, I imagine, an evil robot just before it eats your brain, the album swiftly kicks into gear with hard hitting riffs combined with slower, ominous chugging and some top quality riffs beneath the earth shattering vocals. There's no lack of atmosphere and the more experimental sections are well put together. When the barrage of mind abuse abates for a moment, the melodic instrumentals are almost serene, before your ears are blown out again by another thundering explosion of death metal. Highly recommended for fans of technical and experimental death metal with a taste for the atmospheric.
Krokmitën - Alpha-Beta
The concept of the album is the man-made creation of the antichrist, from what I can glean. It's certainly an interesting concept, and is carried well by the album. Musically it is, understandably, relentless. There are breaks and instrumental passages, and progressive elements are certainly present, but the entire duration of the song is an immersive death metal experience. The drum work is atmospheric and carries the character of the album, often at the forefront as the jarring, crunching guitar riffs strike the senses again and again. The album is intended to be listened to from start to finish in one go, and so it is better to experience the complete work as one mind-expandingly brilliant piece of music.
As an aside, the artwork is really quite wonderful, too. I can heartily recommend getting the desktop wallpaper. It's certainly made my monitors stand out in the office.
Lithium Dawn - Aion
I've made my mistakesThe overall concept for this album is that of a man made immortal, seeing the downfall of man, feeling the deep loss and anger and ultimate acceptance. Each track takes the listener through a chapter of his experience, from initially realising what is happening, through war and destruction, and through personal loneliness, loss and anguish. All of this is told through both lyrics and through the music. Punctuated by classic prog riffs, wailing guitar solos, and epic instrumental passages.
Never paid my dues
I've left the box open
I've left the screws loose
I don't want any answers
I've asked for too long
I've danced all your dances
I've sang all the songs
There doesn't seem to be a vast amount of information about this band around at the moment, but I predict we'll be hearing more about them. They've had a mention on got-djent.com and were very well received on Reddit's /r/metal community, which is where I found the link. Keep these guys on the radar, they're going places.