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Obsequiae – The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings (20 Buck Spin)

Melding what initially sound like disparate strands of music together is nothing new and experimentation is something that can either keep things fresh or simply become a gimmick. It’s very much the former case as far as Obsiquiae, the vision… Continue Reading →

Mavradoxa – Nightmarrow (Hypnotic Dirge)

North America has a rich heritage when it comes to atmospheric black metal with bands such as Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch, Alda and Panopticon having evolved a style of their own, evoking images of desolate landscapes and dense… Continue Reading →

Finnr’s Cane – Elegy (Prophecy Productions)

What is about North America and atmospheric black(ish) metal? Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch, Panopticon are just a few examples of masters of this delicate art, and Canada’s Finnr’s Cave deserve to be held in the same high regard…. Continue Reading →

NortherN – Desolate Ways to Ultima Thule (Moribund Records)

In previous times, Northern went by the name ‘Cold Northern Vengeance’ and although I have a couple of their albums, they didn’t really hit my radar. However, I was interested to hear this new incarnation, especially with the press release… Continue Reading →

Saiva – Markerna Bortom (Nordvis)

Swedish melancholy folk metal band Saiva have been out in the wilderness somewhere or other concocting the strange old brew of pagan melodies for a few years now. Until now, they’ve dropped the odd single and a split with Grift… Continue Reading →

Mare Cognitum – Luminiferous Aether (I, Voidhanger)

I first encountered space gazing black metal outfit Mare Cognitum on that impressive split with Spectral Lore back in 2013 (a good place to start with both bands and, while I’m at it, this summer’s Mare Cognitum split with Aureole… Continue Reading →

Sun Worship – Pale Dawn (Golden Antenna)

Corpse paint ‘obsolete’? A ‘parody of itself’? Get thee hence Sun Worship, wash your mouth out with maggots and take your heresy with you…. Er, actually hold on. This is pretty good. Very good actually. So you don’t need to… Continue Reading →

Panopticon & Waldgeflüster – Split (Nordvis)

This is the split that’s been hinted at since 2011 between one man metal act Panopticon (Austin Lunn) and Germany’s Waldgeflüster (forest whispers), aka Winterherz. The two musicians originally met in 2011, while getting drunk in Norway, parting with the… Continue Reading →

Panopticon – Autumn Eternal (Bindrune/Nordvis)

The soundscape that is modern American metal has never sounded better, and it’s visionaries such as Austin Lunn that we have to thank for this. Less than a year since the masterpiece that was ‘Roads to the North’ was released… Continue Reading →

Alda – Passage (Bindrune)

When discussing Cascadian black metal Agalloch, Panopticon and Wolves in the Throne Room are names that are often brought up. Despite the aforementioned acts being the most notorious of the subgenre, there are others just as deserving of same esteem… Continue Reading →

Old Graves – This Ruin Beneath Snowfall (Naturmacht)

Once in a while a release comes along and grabs you, making you sit up and take notice……. This 24 minute, 4 track EP from Canadian one man project Old Graves did exactly that with me, and after several spins,… 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 →

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