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Grima – Will of the Primordial (Naturmacht)

As the UK basks temporarily in a heatwave, what better thing to listen to than “eight ice-cold tracks, filled with gloomy atmosphere, bringing the fragile beauty and hostility of Siberian nature to life”. This is Grima’s third album release. “Siberian… Continue Reading →

Mavradoxa – Nightmarrow (Hypnotic Dirge)

North America has a rich heritage when it comes to atmospheric black metal with bands such as Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch, Alda and Panopticon having evolved a style of their own, evoking images of desolate landscapes and dense… Continue Reading →

Farsot / ColdWorld split – Toteninsel (Lupus Lounge)

This is a fascinating work. “Toteninsel” or “Island of the Dead” is the name of a painting by the Swiss Symbolist artist Arnold Böcklin. This album is based on the imagery of that painting. Farsot, who in their time have… Continue Reading →

Finnr’s Cane – Elegy (Prophecy Productions)

What is about North America and atmospheric black(ish) metal? Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch, Panopticon are just a few examples of masters of this delicate art, and Canada’s Finnr’s Cave deserve to be held in the same high regard…. Continue Reading →

Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold (Totenmusik/Ván Records)

When Deafheaven released its masterpiece “Sunbather” in 2013, it created a rift in the black metal scene. On one side, there were those who dismissed this new wave as not being black metal at all, while on the other side… Continue Reading →

Hermodr – Midnight Eclipse (Wolfspell)

The midnight hour is one that Rafn the man behind Hermodr is at his most fevered and working up a storm in his musical laboratory. Well that’s the way I look at it as he can’t have enough hours in… Continue Reading →

Bron – Where Leaden Dawn Meets Iron Shores (Wolfspell)

One man atmospheric black metal band Bron from Edinburgh via New Zealand have release quite a few things digitally but this is a classy digipak CD from those nice Wolfspell people of his late 2017 album. It’s long too, three… Continue Reading →

Ulvesang – The Hunt (Nordvis)

First expecting a Danish band, I was quite surprised that Ulvesang (Danish for Wolves Song) are apparently from Canada. After a self-titled debut album in 2015, the band has moved on to Nordvis for its successor, called “The Hunt”. Alex… Continue Reading →

Vardan – Nostalgia: Archive Of Failures IV-VI (Moribund)

I really hope Vardan is getting some sort of recognition for all his work, there’s simply no way you can say he is not trying and he has such a huge body of it the real problem is that someone… Continue Reading →

Is – Into My Own (Wolfspell Records)

This is the sophomore release by one-man band Is featuring Nøkken on all instruments and vocals. Formed only 3 years ago he has already released numerous EPs and singles with the cold and frost appearing to be his main thematic… Continue Reading →

Talv – Entering A Timeless Winter (A Sad Sadness Song)

It’s getting colder but kind of taking its time Winter is coming though and it could well be timeless. Will we be walking in a winter wonderland with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Bing Crosby and Co? Nope very unlikely. We… Continue Reading →

Eneferens – In The Hours Beneath (Nordvis)

Eneferens formed in 2016 and is the majestic monster of American, Jori Apedaile. Jori delivered his first full length beast, in the form of ‘The Inward Cold’ and he is now ready to unleash his latest masterpiece, ‘In The Hours… Continue Reading →

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