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Nhor – Momenta Quintae Essentiae (Prophecy)

I like everything about Nhor. I like the pagan-pastoral vision, the unhurried compositions that braid black metal together with gently sombre acoustic passages; I like the album covers and the increasingly elaborate products that accompany its releases (the latest comes… Continue Reading →

Negura Bunget – Tău (Prophecy)

Tău is the first part of a planned trilogy with subsequent releases predicted for 2016 and 2108. Romanian band Negura Bunget simply do not do things by half, they never have and never will. With this you get so much… Continue Reading →

Falls of Rauros – Believe in No Coming Shore (Nordvis/Bindrune)

Falls of Rauros are a band that deserve your undivided attention; since forming in 2005, the Maine four-piece have put out two solid full lengths but are often overlooked in the world of atmospheric black metal for ‘bigger’ acts such… Continue Reading →

Panopticon – Roads to the North (Bindrune Recordings)

When Austin Lunn released ‘Kentucky’ he set himself an extremely difficult challenge; in creating one of the most immersive crossovers of folk and black metal that’s been written to date, he raised the bar incredibly high and it was unlikely… Continue Reading →

October Falls – Kaarna (Debemur Morti)

October Falls’ work has always been close to nature. In more recent times, ambient reflection has given way to harshness and fire. “Kaarna” however harks back to acoustic days, giving us an “assemblage from nature mysticism, a sonic walk in… Continue Reading →

Interview – Finnr’s Cane

In 2010, seemingly out of nowhere, an enigmatic Canadian trio by the intriguing name of Finnr’s Cane released a record called ‘Wanderlust’. It was an album redolent with the hues of late autumn, cold, melancholic and reflective yet shot through… Continue Reading →

Interview – Fyrnask

Long gone are the days when one man metal projects languished in obscurity and failed to meet the mark, with overbearing scratchy vocals drowned in reverb while a drum machine ran riot in the background. Since Vice’s airing of ‘One… Continue Reading →

Lustre – Wonder (Album) and A Spark of Times of Old (EP) – (ATMF / Nordvis Productions)

Nachtzeit, the man behind Lustre, clearly has plenty to say. Since 2008, he has expressed his nature-inspired visions through four albums and four EPs. The fourth album “Wonder” and EP “A Spark of Times of Old” share similar ambient qualities…. Continue Reading →

Gris – À l’Âme Enflammée, l’Äme Constellée (Sepulchral Productions)

There is a wealth of almost hidden treasure to be found within the French Canadian Quebec region as far as black metal is concerned and listening to many bands from their lately it has reminded of the excitement felt as… Continue Reading →

Einsamtod – ST (EZ Produktionen)

First task is taking out the ancient grimoire of band logos here and looking up the arcane calligraphy to see what we have. Honestly, as far as the cover is concerned here you literally cannot see the woods for the… Continue Reading →

Blood Of The Black Owl – Light The Fires (Bindrune Recordings)

One thing you should be fully aware of before listening to this and anything from Washington natives Blood Of The Black Owl is that it will take you on a spiritual journey; Light The Fires is no exception. The second… Continue Reading →

Interview – Agruss

Agruss’ debut ‘Morok’ really has been one of the musical highlights of the first half of this year: Grim, bleak and oppressive but imbued with a fluid and complex nature and a maturity as frightening as it’s intent. Offered the… Continue Reading →

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