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Sun Of The Sleepless / Cavernous Gate – S/T Split (Prophecy)

What we have here is the meeting of two old friends with their respective projects: Sun Of The Sleepless (Schwadorf of Empyrium, The Vision Bleak and Noek) and Cavernous Gate (S.K. Of Helrunar). Does it fit together? Are they worthy… Continue Reading →

The Negative Bias – Narcissus Rising (ATMF)

I admire all attempts to evolve black metal – but appreciate that sometimes, the harder you try, the more unblack metal it’s gunna sound. That’s just the way it is. So, for example, there’s a big difference experimenting within the… Continue Reading →

Árstíðir lífsins – Saga á tveim tungum I: Vápn ok viðr (Ván)

Let’s get a few things straight before we skin the boar (not a euphemism, smut fans – this is pagan black metal and therefore entirely serious), light the smoky fires and ready our tales of legend and times long past… Continue Reading →

Helrunar – Vanitas Vanitatvm (Prophecy)

We are not here to be amused or entertained by mere whimsy. No sir. So wipe that smirk off your face and pay attention because this is Helrunar – brooding and heavy as a pile of scrap metal falling from… Continue Reading →

Carpe Noctem – Vitrun (Code666)

Icelandic black metal outfit, Carpe Noctem deliver their second long player, “Vitrun” five years on from debut release “In Terra Profugus”. Their homeland has proved to be a haven for extreme metal of the highest quality and this disc finds… Continue Reading →

Árstíðir Lífsins – Heljarkviða (Ván)

Árstíðir Lífsins brewed just as I like it: two 20 minute episodes of their saga-spinning craft delivered with the conviction and attention to detail you might fairly expect from a band whose work is genre-defining in a field of one…. Continue Reading →

Wöljager – Van’t Liëwen Un Stiäwen (Prophecy)

Marcel Dreckmann has become a bit of an institution over the past decade and his latest project Wöljager is destined to do the growing legend no harm whatsoever. Dreckmann, aka Skald Draugir, is better known for his main band the… Continue Reading →

Eïs – Bannstein (Lupus Lounge)

After some tumultuous changes which led up to 2012’s emotional and icy blast Wetterkreuz, things for Eïs seem to be settling down and providing the perfect backdrop for their latest album. A more permanent line-up has emerged and the name… Continue Reading →

Helrunar – Niederkunfft (Prophecy)

Helrunar have always stood out from the black metal crowd with their unique atmosphere and Germanic vibe. Rather than relying on the rapid fire blasts and tremolo riffs, the band has increasingly preferred to bludgeon with heavy riffs and hammer-like… Continue Reading →

Árstíðir Lífsins – Aldafodr Ok Munka Dróttinn (Ván)

I once read somewhere that the storytellers and magic practitioners of the pagan dark ages would use a range of different voices to create different effects and atmospheres. Given the range of sounds metal vocalists can produce these days, the… Continue Reading →

Solbrud – Jærtegn (Mighty)

Solbrud’s debut was an atmospheric black metal gem and lauded as a welcome boost to Denmark’s scene which has always lived in the shadow of its two closest Scandinavian neighbours. Clearly a nation with a happier disposition is all I… Continue Reading →

Nhor – Within The Darkness Between The Starlight (Prophecy)

Nhor has arrived just in time. Summer is on the wane and there are some long, dark nights ahead of us on this Sceptred Isle. There will be few better accompaniments to the bleak midwinter than this. Within The Darkness…… Continue Reading →

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