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Ofermod – Sol Nox (Shadow Records)

Ofermod – Sol Nox (Shadow Records)

Well over a decade or so ago, Ofermod were much discussed in hushed, whispered tones throughout the underground. Their ‘Mysterion Tes Anomias’ EP had been doing the circuit for some time and – highly regarded piece of art as it was – it was thought.. Read More
Windswept – The Great Cold Steppe (Season of Mist)

Windswept – The Great Cold Steppe (Season of Mist)

Windswept represents yet another outlet for the prolific mind behind some of the most renowned acts to have emerged from Ukraine over the last fifteen years (Hate Forest, Drudkh, Blood of Kingu) – one Roman Saenko – to engage in a further expression of the.. Read More
Hetroertzen – Uprising of the Fallen (Listenable Records)

Hetroertzen – Uprising of the Fallen (Listenable Records)

Fifteen years in and the Swedish-via-Chile outfit Hetroertzen show no signs of reigning back on their committed, transcendental approach to blasphemic black metal. ‘Uprising of the Fallen’, their sixth full-length (and first for Listenable) continues in the tradition of previous works, unveiling grandiose compositions and.. Read More
Rome in Monochrome – Karma Anubis (Wintersleep Records)

Rome in Monochrome – Karma Anubis (Wintersleep Records)

Now I’m sorry but this is just incredibly frustrating – a band comes to the table with a lengthy biography, extensive details on the band members’ past activities and some bold pronouncements of blending post rock, shoegaze and doom. Sounds promising does it not? So.. Read More
Klimt 1918 – Sentimentale Jugend (Prophecy)

Klimt 1918 – Sentimentale Jugend (Prophecy)

Every now and then, a record comes out of the blue that takes you totally by surprise – and Klimt 1918’s first album in eight years is very much one of those releases. The initial signs were not hugely promising – wistful, misty artwork, a.. Read More
Panphage – Drengskapr (Nordvis Produktion)

Panphage – Drengskapr (Nordvis Produktion)

This second full-length from Panphage follows hot on the heels of last year’s debut album ‘Storm’, demonstrating that sole protagonist Fjallbrandt is certainly in a rich vein of form currently. Now signed to Sweden’s Nordvis label, this sophomore effort shows that this seam of creativity.. Read More
T.O.M.B. – Fury Nocturnus (Peaceville)

T.O.M.B. – Fury Nocturnus (Peaceville)

‘Industrial Black Noise’ it says here and in that, I think it’s fair to say that ‘Fury Nocturnus’ delivers. Across fourteen tracks, this US-based trio clearly do their utmost to convey an ambience of impenetrable churning malice – of demented rituals dedicated to the void-black.. Read More
R.B. Russell – The Romance of Short-Wave Radio (Persepolis)

R.B. Russell – The Romance of Short-Wave Radio (Persepolis)

Over the years, numbers stations have provided a source of considerable fascination to musical artists, particularly those ploughing more experimental or ambient furrows. The lo-fi, crackly nature of the synthetic human voices listing out mysterious strings of numbers on obscure frequencies are at once both.. Read More
Black Funeral – Ankou and the Death Fire (Iron Bonehead)

Black Funeral – Ankou and the Death Fire (Iron Bonehead)

With all the hype and focus that has been centred onto USBM in recent years – the breakout of the so-called ‘Cascadian’ scene kickstarted by Weakling & Agalloch, then catapulted into the light by Wolves in the Throne Room, the swirling dungeonic sounds of Xasthur,.. Read More
Abisso – WRNSS (Third I Rex)

Abisso – WRNSS (Third I Rex)

Bold claims and bold associations on behalf of this Sardinian duo courtesy of their label – happily namechecking such luminaries as Deathspell Omega and Lurker of Chalice immediately places expectations on overdrive for an assault of dissonant, atmospheric black metal embracing the very best elements.. Read More
Drudkh / Hades Almighty – One Who Talks With the Fog / Pyre Era, Black! ( Season Of Mist/ Dark Essence)

Drudkh / Hades Almighty – One Who Talks With the Fog / Pyre Era, Black! ( Season Of Mist/ Dark Essence)

An interesting coming together of two acts that are rapidly approaching legendary status within black metal circles, albeit for somewhat different reasons. Drudkh are the enigmatic Ukrainian outfit who never play live, never carry out interviews and have since seen fit to release a steady.. Read More
Elderblood – Messiah (Osmose)

Elderblood – Messiah (Osmose)

Ukrainian black metal? Members who have spent time in Nokturnal Mortem? ‘Elderblood’? Forgive me for at first approaching this album with a modicum of trepidation. Whilst the fad for NSBM that peaked around 2006-2007 in the UK has (mercifully) faded somewhat, it is undeniable that.. Read More