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Enthroned – Cold Black Suns (Season Of Mist)

Despite the fact that the infamous Norwegian Black Metal scene ‘had nothing to do with Satanism’ (as Varg puts it) it is impossible to ignore the fact that the media hyped the story with notions of devil worship. Due to… Continue Reading →

Arallu – Desert Battles (Raven Music)

My recollection of Arallu’s previous album “Six” (2017) is of colourful and even spiritual elements within a black metal soundscape. “Desert Battles” is in fact a remixed version of an album, which the band first released in 2009. It’s evident… Continue Reading →

Ascension – Under Ether (World Terror Committee)

In the words of Varg Vikernes “It has nothing to do with Satanism” which may well be true for a lot of Black Metal, particularly the earlier tones of for example Burzum. However that doesn’t mean that the shadow of… Continue Reading →

Cirith Gorgor – Bi den Dode Hant (Hammerheart Records)

My first encounter with Cirith Gorgor was about 15 years ago when they blackened my life thanks to a track on a sampler. Although I never did anything more about it at the time, I didn’t forget the name of… Continue Reading →

Emptiness – Not For Music (Season Of Mist)

Belgians Emptiness have been on the go since 1998 and this makes their fifth studio album and my first encounter. Yep, finger on the pulse as ever… Anyway, I gather they come from a kind of black/death background which on… Continue Reading →

Murg – Varg & Björn (Nordvis)

It’s been a good year for classic black metal with the bar raised pretty high by a bunch of bands that could easily form the beginnings of a decent top ten even at this stage. So it shouldn’t come as… Continue Reading →

Nidsang – Into The Womb Of Dissolving Flames (Pulverised)

Time for a bit of full-on black metal that exemplifies the best of the Swedish tradition. Nidsang is an occult-ridden riff frenzy that will go down well with fans of any one of Setherial, Watain and Necrophobic. Quite where they… Continue Reading →

Akrotheism – Behold the Son of Plagues (Odium)

The Norwegians may have got there first and the French carry the banner for the most adventurous and bizarre, but the Greeks, well, they just seem to do it better than anyone else. Exhibit A: Akrotheism, who may not be… Continue Reading →

Emptiness – Nothing But The Whole (Dark Descent)

Whoever heard of introspective death metal? Well apparently, if you splice just the right amount of black metal into the mix, a delicate splash of industrial gloom and you’ve got the starkly named Emptiness. You may think that’s a rather… Continue Reading →

Endstille – Kapitulation 2013 (Season of Mist)

As the owner of two of Endstille’s previous seven albums, all I expected from these Germans was black metal warfare. Nothing I’ve ever heard from them has been less than a total all-out assault. “Kapitulation 2013” is no different An… Continue Reading →

Ad Patres – Scorn Aesthetics (Kaotoxin Records)

Ad Patres is the brainchild of Alsvid, a man who many black metal experts are sure to recognise from such bands as Seth, Enthroned and <CODE>. Flying in the face of expectation, this new creation is a concertedly death metal… Continue Reading →

Cult of Erinyes / Zifir – Split (Tanquam Aegri Somnia)

I’ve always had a lot of musical joy from split albums, I very rarely feel disappointed with them. In a way I guess it’s the fact you’re getting two EPs for the price of one, and especially when filled with… Continue Reading →

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