2013 Favorites: #10 VHÖL – VHÖL
You can call them an underground metal supergroup, but VHÖL is something different from than that moniker usually describes. They’re not a bunch of puzzle pieces that fit together yet still retain their distinct boundaries. No, VHÖL is a band, a singular thing that draws on the many styles and considerable knowledge that all its members have explored and learned in prior groups. But there is a unity of vision, sound, and execution here that puts all individualism out to pasture. The compositions themselves never pull any piece apart nor spotlight anyone while the others take a powder. You can talk about each musician and their impressive pedigree. But this is VHÖL.