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Sarke – Gastwerso (Indie Recordings)

Album number 6 for Sarke and they don’t seem to be letting up. The past black and roll has given way to more of an epic groove driven sound that still drips icy evilness from every pore.  The fact that Sarke… Continue Reading →

Acârash – In Chaos Becrowned (Dark Essence Records)

“For fans of Rotting Christ, Darkthrone, Satyricon, Khold” reads the press release that accompanies ‘In Chaos Becrowned’, the debut album from Norwegian occult act Acârash. Maybe…but it does become somewhat clear as you listen to this album, that this band… Continue Reading →

Sarke – Viige Urh (Indie)

In 2016 Sarke released Bogefod a concept album built around a millennia old Viking legend involving a zombie king. It was as fantastic as it sounds. So now Noctruno Culto, Sarke, Anders Hunstad, Asgeir Mickelson and Steinar Gundersen are back… Continue Reading →

Lashblood – Unbeing (Aesthetic Death)

I’m always wary whenever I see term “avant-garde” applied to a band. This is the case with Russia’s Lashblood. It doesn’t take long on this follow-up to the band’s debut album “Philosophy of Self-Flagellation: Being and Nothing” (2012). A withering… 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 →

Occultum – Towards Eternal Chaos (Old Temple)

Seven apocalyptic black metal hymns is what Poland’s Occultum promise on their debut album. Moreover the end of “Abomination” is paraded as the exact vision of the band. “Abomination” is the sixth of seven hell-inspired, hate-filled tracks. From the advancing… Continue Reading →

Wederganger – Halfvergaan Ontwaakt (Ván)

A gruesome world is presented to us, based on spirits, undeath and horror. This trio from the Netherlands pay homage to this world where dead people return by infusing the pitch black atmosphere with strange sounds, deep mantra-like chants and… Continue Reading →

Ondfødt – Hexkonst (Immortal Frost)

Ondfødt, not to be mixed up with Ondskapt or other similar-sounding bands, are from Finland. Listening to “Hexkonst”, they have spent their time listening to and absorbing black metal from Norway and Sweden. The heartbeat and majestic gloom which opens… Continue Reading →

Sarke – Aruagint (Indie Recordings)

Originally a solo project for Thomas Bergli of Khold and Old Man’s Child, he has long since abandoned the lone approach. Now comprising a full line up of some very familiar and talented faces, Sarke are well established purveyors of… Continue Reading →

King Fear – Frostbite (Quality Steel Records)

King Fear is a relatively new project formed by Nachtgarm (of Negator, and recently filling in for Dark Funeral on vocals). Before this, their debut full length album, they had released only a single EP in 2012. Although there is… Continue Reading →

Rotten Liver – Purification by Debauchery (Mortis Humanae Productions)

Through dark and tortured black metal, this four track ep deals with gnosis, sin and chaos. Well, this is France. What a lovely picture the duo that is Rotten Liver paint. Actually it’s all rather jolly as the first track… Continue Reading →

Hegerøth – Spectral Fear (SR)

This is a 20 minute-long demo, so there’s not a lot of time to spread atmospheric nastiness. Hegerøth set about their evil business without ado. Whistling sounds accompany furious dark beats and of course rasping vocals. Not sounding so original?… Continue Reading →

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