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Misþyrming – Algleymi (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

This Icelandic outfit has been making substantial waves in the black metal scene since their immense debut “Söngvar Elds Og Óreiðu” released in 2015. I even caught a brief section of their set at the Inferno Festival in Norway in… Continue Reading →

Óreiða – Óreiða (Harvest of Death)

I’m pretty much a sucker for black metal in all its forms so it seemed a no-brainer to plumb for this first full-length from Icelandic band Óreiða. Two demos and a split since 2016 and the band have put together… 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 →

Lucy In Blue – In Flight (Karisma)

Coming from a label that generally houses prog and rock bands, I had a reasonable idea what to expect here, at least in terms of generic musical style. Lucy in Blue are from Iceland, and take their inspiration from psychedelic… Continue Reading →

Sinmara – Hvísl Stjarnanna (Ván Records)

Iceland appears to have overtaken Finland in terms of metal bands per capita, and Sinmara are one of the more recognisable names hailing from the land of fire and ice. After causing quite a stir with their 2014 debut album… Continue Reading →

Kaleikr – Heart of Lead (Debemur Morti)

Iceland is home to a number of remarkably good bands, and here’s another in Kaleikr. Formed in 2016, this debut album is labelled as “black metal for fans of Opeth and Enslaved”. It’s evident from the beginning that “Heart of… Continue Reading →

Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword (Ván Records)

Since the release of 2012’s ‘Flesh Cathedral’, Icelandic black metallers Svartidauði have been busy – amidst a plethora of live performances alongside the likes of Mgła and One Tail One Head, the trio have released three EPs and a live… 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 →

Vintage Caravan – Gateways (Nuclear Blast)

Formidable: that’s an interesting word. Fans of heavy music know that one of the finest attributes is the respect paid to the originators of the style. Sometimes the influences overshadow the originality and we slide into “retro” territory. Then bands… Continue Reading →

Arstiđir – Nivalis (Season Of Mist)

Although they have been making music for a decade now, have toured the US and Europe and collaborated with Anneke van Giersbergen, Arstiđir are not that well known outside of their native Iceland. This might be due to the fact… Continue Reading →

Almyrkvi – Umbra (Ván)

What is even more shocking than Iceland’s recent rampant assault on the black metal scene (yes, we’re all still going on about it) is that it took so bloody long. I mean, sure Norway has the fjords and the mountains,… Continue Reading →

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