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Frozen Ocean / Heather Grave – Beyond Anemomautics (Spectral Halls)

Hurrah Vaarwel is back and not with just Frozen Ocean but a new project too on this split release. Last time we heard from him here it was with The Prowess Of Dormination at the beginning of 2016 but he… Continue Reading →

Downfall of Gaia – Ethic of Radical Finitude (Metal Blade)

Downfall of Gaia’s towering tremolo-soaked excursions should be enough to drown even the hardest of hearts in the band’s emotional vortex. The mix of post-black metal and cascading, sludgy breakdowns provide an excursion that feels both familiar and intriguingly unique… Continue Reading →

An Autumn for Crippled Children – The Light of September (ConSouling Sounds)

Well, I suppose there’s not much that’s more depressing than suffering children. Especially, when the suffering is of a kind that cannot be traced back to anyone’s wrong choices. Children that are born with some kind of genetic defect, that… 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 →

Coldawn – …. In The Dawn (Flowing Downward)

What’s 17,000 km between artistic collaborators in this Internet age? Obviously not a huge amount as the principle artists in this outfit come from Australia and Venezuela. All instruments here are provided by a young Antipodean Brendon Sibraa who has… Continue Reading →

Harakiri For The Sky – Arson (Art Of Propaganda)

Harakiri For The Sky are one of those rare bands that, if they didn’t exist, someone would need to invent them. The band, fast becoming an institution, is the perfect blend of finely distilled post-hardcore-post-black-metal that seems to fill a… Continue Reading →

An Autumn For Crippled Children – Eternal (Wickerman Recordings)

Reviewing this album is a Herculean task.  Wait don’t strop off muttering “bloody net reviews with their freebies moaning”!  This is no “ugh I have to put myself through THIS?!!” cry for pity. I really like this band. Well to… Continue Reading →

Alcest – Kodama (Prophecy)

Blackgaze is a compound noun that strikes fear in the heart of many metaller, conjuring up images of bearded hipsters with pocket watch tattoos wanting to get their emo “awn” in a more mature and serious way. Alcest are the… Continue Reading →

Vukari – Divination (Bindrune)

Thankfully the old ways will always persist but it seems like ‘post-black metal’ is becoming more and more prolific these days. How do you differentiate between the two? Well for me it’s pretty easy as it is much less about… Continue Reading →

Numenorean – Home (Season of Mist)

Numenorean is a post-black metal band from Canada. Reading that their music “embraces beauty, harshness, brutality, and melancholy in equal measure”, we are invited to draw comparison with Alcest and Deafheaven amongst others. Such description immediately made me think of… Continue Reading →

Sun Worship – Pale Dawn (Golden Antenna)

Corpse paint ‘obsolete’? A ‘parody of itself’? Get thee hence Sun Worship, wash your mouth out with maggots and take your heresy with you…. Er, actually hold on. This is pretty good. Very good actually. So you don’t need to… Continue Reading →

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