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Creature – Ex Cathedra (I, Voidhanger)

There’s a pretty fine line between ‘trve’ and ‘false’ Black Metal, literally it takes but one thing to cross into the false category, and that is success. Ridiculous I know, and the older I get the more silly it becomes…. Continue Reading →

Maïeutiste – Veritas (LADLO Productions)

Avant progressive black metal is the style. Literary and philosophic concepts are the themes purveyed by this French band. A high-pitched riff, pounding drums and harsh vocals provide an interesting mix. That’s before the epic chorus of the opening title… Continue Reading →

Asphagor – The Cleansing (Black Sunset / MDD Records)

The Golden Age of black metal is upon us. There’s been a flood of quality releases coming in recently and now Asphagor is unleashing its third album, called “The Cleansing”. Announced by the record label as “one of the most… Continue Reading →

Hortus Animae – Piove Sangue Live In Banska Bystriae (Aesthetic Death)

I personally discovered Hortus Animae (The Garden Of The Soul) via last album ‘Secular Music in 2014 although the Italian band had been going since 1997. It came from an unlikely source at least for a ‘progressive black metal’ band… Continue Reading →

Enslaved – E (Nuclear Blast)

With a discography to die for, our favourite black metal innovators, Enslaved, are back and they have something new hiding up their wizard sleeves. Here, on their fourteenth long-player, they exercise their love for the Norse god of War, Odin,… Continue Reading →

Borknagar – Winter Thrice (Century Media)

It’s not really important to me what a band used to sound like, where they started or the genre that they were classed as – it‘s more about where they are now and just interesting (though not essential) how they… Continue Reading →

Vattnet Viskar – Settler (Century Media)

Hailing from the American heartlands yet taking their name for the Swedish for “the water is whispering”, Vattnet Viskar have always been an innovative, multi-faceted band. On the one hand, their clear first love is for the more familial strains… Continue Reading →

Enslaved – In Times (Nuclear Blast)

When it comes to product, the genre-hopping beast that is Enslaved rarely fail to deliver on quality. Over the years, in spite of their evolution from Norwegian extreme metal to blackened progressive rock, they have produced album after album rammed… Continue Reading →

Izah – Sistere (Nordvis)

This Dutch sextet’s promo blurb describes their debut as a “72-minute long musical narration through darkness and light, hope and despair”. Within they pummel the listener with a combination of sludge-packed crush, barren post-hardcore and black metal affectations before soothing… Continue Reading →

Ahamkara – The Embers Of The Stars (Nordvis / Bindrune)

Perhaps their moniker is a reference to Hindu philosophy or, less likely, the dragon-like creature in the massively multiplayer first-person shooting videogame Destiny. One thing is for certain, Ahamkara sure know how to get under your skin. They are Newcastle-Upon-Tyne… Continue Reading →

Chordewa – Recast Gear For The Mindcraft (Haarbn)

I’m pretty certain this is the first Moldovan band I’ve ever wrapped my ears around, and what a belter it is too. For a debut album, and hailing from a country that isn’t exactly teeming with metal related bounty, this… Continue Reading →

Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen (Candlelight)

“It’s true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.” Abigail van Buren’s quote is especially apt when applied to Ihsahn’s solo career. Having spent his youth blowing us away with metal… Continue Reading →

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