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Gaahls WYRD – GastiR – Ghosts Invited (Season of Mist)

Gaahl is synonymous with black metal and is a true uber behemoth of the world, a demi god, if you will, of the genre and any new work by the master is welcomed with open arms. Gaahls Wyrd has been… Continue Reading →

Aeternus – Heathen (Dark Essence Records)

In common with their name, Aeternus seem to have been around forever. The lynchpin is Ares, who founded the band from Bergen in 1993 and has been the epicentre of a band, which has historical and current links with many… Continue Reading →

Ovate – S/T (Soulseller Records)

Ovate announce their arrival on the ever evolving black metal scene with their eponymous debut album, boasting a veritable smorgasbord of guest artists from the Norwegian black metal community, and making a bold statement as they trample across sub-genre boundaries…. Continue Reading →

Gravdal – Kadaverin (Soulseller Records)

Just the mention of Norwegian black metal sends shivers down the spine, and in many respects Gravdal’s third album has many of the classic aspects – withering, spiteful riffs, and a cold and lingeringly deathly air. The title track opens… Continue Reading →

Örth – Nocturno Inferno (Satanic Art Media)

1996 was a vintage year for black metal releases. Heaven Shall Burn.., Antichrist, Stormblast, Filosofem, Nemesis Divina, Aspera Hiems Symfonia. I could go on just as easily as I could fill in the band names to go with these classics… Continue Reading →

Tortorum – Rotten.Dead.Forgotten (World Terror Committee)

I managed to catch Norwegian black metal barbarians Tortorum at a gig in their hometown of Bergen a few years ago and was blown away by their ferocity, which even exceeded the aggression and intensity captured on their two previous… Continue Reading →

Sulphur – Omens of Doom (Dark Essence)

With band members from Gorgoroth, Enslaved, Aeternus and Vulture Industries, and with further connections in the productions and mastering to Taake and Audrey Horne, this album is like Norwegian statement. There’s the added mystery of the band not having released… Continue Reading →

Arvas – Black Satanic Mysticism (ATMF)

Attaining to recapture the roots of Norwegian black metal, in defiance of the scene’s progressive bastardisation, Arvas certainly managed to deliver an uncompromising blast with 2013’s ‘Into the Realm of the Occult’. (Subsequent to reviewing that one, it’s disappeared from… Continue Reading →

Tortorum – Katabasis (W.T.C.)

Consisting of members with three different nationalities, Tortorum proves one thing: that for all its negativity and anti-humanism, the sound of True Norwegian Black Metal can be a unifying force. Barghest (England) and Skyggen (Poland) – creators of this Bergen-based… Continue Reading →

Arvas – Into the Realm of the Occult (Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum)

As many Norwegian black metal aficionados will undoubtedly be aware, Arvas started life as Örth in the early nineties. Led by Vassago Rex, this previous entity ended with the suicide of Grim (Borknagar, Gorgoroth) in 1999. Arvas came about two… Continue Reading →

Vulture Industries – The Tower (Season of Mist)

I don’t know what Vulture Industries would think of being regarded as “the new Arcturus”. Whilst in some respects this is a compliment and there is a commonality in that they’re both from Norway, “The Tower” is Vulture Industries third… Continue Reading →

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