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Jute Gyte / Spectral Lore – Helian (I, Voidhanger Records)

Black metal has its innovators and then it has individuals like Jute Gyte’s Adam Kalmbach and Ayloss from Spectral Lore. Kalmbach is nothing short of prolific with 27 full-length albums since 2006, perhaps not that unusual in the black metal… Continue Reading →

Divine Element -Thaurachs Of Borsu (I, Voidhanger)

Divine Element is the brainchild of two musicians from the south-eastern reaches of Europe. Formed in Athens but now based between Athens and Budapest, the duo consists of multi-instrumentalist Ayloss (Spectral Lore) and vocalist/bassist Alchemist. Featuring some session members who… Continue Reading →

Locust Leaves – A Subtler Kind of Light (I, Voidhanger)

Locust Leaves have an “ecumenical vision of metal”, whatever that means. In fact when I read the following statement, I realised it was time to stop reading and start listening: “A voice, a final utterance of a vague, illogical, recurring… Continue Reading →

Tome Of The Unreplenished – Cosmoprism: The Theurgy – Act I (I, Voidhanger)

Uhm, yeah. Sometimes accepting things blind can be really great, other times, not so much. Originally formed in Cyprus in 2012 as a one-man-band, Hermes has released 2 albums, the first one an instrumental. After relocating to Bath, England he… 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 →

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 →

Spectral Lore/Locust Leaves – Split (Temple of Theta)

This two-track, Greek BM split opens with an epic, fifteen-minute piece by Spectral Lore, whose excellent, earthy-and-euphoric full-length ‘Sentinel’ it was recently my pleasure to review. New track ‘Duty’ is similarly powerful and dramatic, albeit with a lighter tone and… Continue Reading →

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