New Hampshire’s Vattnet Viskar were the only metal act to make our list of 2012′s Best New Bands, a spot awarded to them based on the combined strength of their 3-song debut EP, released via micro-indie Broken Limbs Recordings, and their live show. Both these presentations were startlingly powerful and assured, belying the band’s relative youth. Both also, though, suggested tremendous untapped upside. We weren’t the only ones who noticed: Metal powerhouse Century Media (home to heavyweights like Deicide, Napalm Death, Watain, etc.) signed Vattnet Viskar last May. It was an unexpected development, but a welcome (and wise) one: Vattnet Viskar were seemingly born with fully formed big-league tools, yet their nuanced and bold approach to heavy music made them feel like a band ready to blaze trails, kick down doors. They entered the studio this past April to record their first full-length album, Sky Swallower, which is currently set for release in September.