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Mgla – Zagreb Mochvara 6/9/19

With some honourable exceptions, black metal bands seem to be avoiding South-Eastern Europe. For no reason really, as the sold out Mgla show in Zagreb proves. There are clubs and individuals that are perfectly able to organize and promote the… Continue Reading →

Foscor – Els Sepulcres Blancs (Season Of Mist)

Els Sepulcres Blancs (The White Tombs) is Foscor’s new album and the second volume of what is planned to be a trilogy inspired by the fin de siècle artistic movement. Fin de siècle is French for “end of the century”,… Continue Reading →

Culted – Vespertina Synaxis: A Prayer for Union & Emptiness (Season Of Mist)

Apparently, the four band members of Culted, though they’ve been a band for about ten years now, have never been in a room together. Three of the band members are at home in the Canadian prairies, while one of them… Continue Reading →

Wizard Rifle – S/T (Svart)

The biggest surprise here is, indeed, that this whirlwind of sound is produced by only two people. Wizard Rifle, or more precisely drummer/vocalist Sam Ford and guitarist/vocalist Max Dameron, seemingly effortlessly manage to sound like a four/five-piece band. Judging from… Continue Reading →

Crimson Moon – Mors Vincit Omnia (Debemur Morti)

Yes, of course, death conquers all. It’s good to remind oneself of that fact now and again. Death is the great equalizer and life is precious only because there is death constantly hanging above it. What you do with your… Continue Reading →

By The Spirits – Visions (Eisenwald)

By The Spirits is a relatively new one man project hailing from the Lower Silesian region in the southeast of Poland founded in 2016 by Michal Krawczuk. Visions, the album at hand, is the solo artist’s first long player, though… Continue Reading →

Silence In The Snow – Levitation Chamber (Prophecy)

After being the equivalent of a persona non grata for quite some time, goth rock seems to be having a revival at the moment. That’s fine with me, because I like goth rock. New bands from the US seem to… Continue Reading →

LINGUA IGNOTA – Caligula (Profound Lore)

LINGUA IGNOTA’s album All Bitches Die left a huge impression on me. Had I reviewed it, I would have given it the full mark. 10/10. Why? Because finally. Finally, there was a woman in extreme music fighting back against misogyny… Continue Reading →

Heilung – Futha (Season Of Mist)

Neofolk, the label most frequently attached to Heilung, doesn’t even come close to describing what the band are doing. Amplified history, the term they came up with themselves to define their art, is more fitting and actually pretty precise, but… Continue Reading →

Monarque – Jusqu’á la Mort (Sepulchral Productions)

I am not the black metal scholar that some of my colleagues definitely are, and this is my first encounter with Canadians Monarque and the proudly independent black metal scene of Quebec. But like every new convert to anything, what… Continue Reading →

Knoest – Dag (Van)

This is a tough one. Even after listening to Knoest’s debut album Dag at least a dozen times, I’m still not sure what to think of it. Knoest play black metal and blackened post metal (and rather a garden variety… Continue Reading →

Temple Koludra – Seven! Sirens! To A Lost Archetype (Transcending Obscurity)

Although founded in 2010, Temple Koludra are a relatively young band regarding releases and fan base. However, the people behind it, though preferring to remain unknown, are very likely experienced musicians. The album at hand, the band’s first after two… Continue Reading →

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