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and Oceans – Cosmic World Mother (Season of Mist)

…and Oceans have always been an interesting band, transforming their sound from symphonic black metal to a more electronic industrialised style. When I saw this, it occurred to me that I hadn’t heard of them for ages. There was an… Continue Reading →

Faustian Pact – Outojen Tornien Varjoissa (Werewolf Records)

I find the history of Black Metal perhaps the most interesting musical uprising out of any genre. This is a movement that delves into all areas of depravity and destruction. It could even perhaps be described as scary, and yet… Continue Reading →

Midnight Odyssey – Biolume Part 1 – In Tartarean Chains (I, Voidhanger)

So what’s your definition of symphonic black metal? Dimmu Borgir? Cradle Of Filth in their more extravagant moments? Well for me my favourite style is this incarnation of Australian mastermind Dis Pater, though of course being the man of musical… Continue Reading →

Totengeflüster – The Faceless Divine (Black Lion Records)

Despite starting up in 2007, this is only Totengeflüster’s third studio release (alongside a live recording from 2017’s Beermageddon festival) so they are not exactly prolific but this is definitely a case of quality over quantity. Building on the foundation… Continue Reading →

ShadowThrone – Elements’ Blackest Legacy (Non Serviam Records)

While this may be the second album by this Italian outfit from Ceccano, it’s my first introduction to their music. Formed by Steph after his departure from Theatres des Vampires and going through a couple line-up changes since their first… Continue Reading →

Chthonic – Battlefields Of Asura (S/R)

It’s been five years since we’ve heard new material from Sing Ling Temple and Taiwan’s fiercest celestial defenders. Five years with precious little available outside of Taiwan to keep us occupied. Well apart from the Takasago Army and Bu-Tik albums… Continue Reading →

Wallachia – Monumental Heresy (Debemur Morti)

Accessibility in the more extreme regions of Metal can sometimes be a problem, its no good thrusting a Vlad Tepes album in the face of a Black Metal newbie for example. The more raw or even technical elements of certain… Continue Reading →

Profane Burial – The Rosewater Park Legend (Apathia Records)

Towards the end of 2015 I waxed lyrical about Images at Twilight’s debut album, and to this day I still re-visit this epic masterpiece. I was therefore interested to hear that the Images at Twilight mastermind Andre Aaslie is involved… Continue Reading →

Vargrav – Netherstorm (Werewolf Records)

Always a bit of a sucker for symphonic black metal, I was pleased to have the opportunity to sample this album from Finland’s Vargrav, the project of V-Khaoz, the former drummer of the atmospheric black metal band Kalmankantaja. This “act… Continue Reading →

Rise of Avernus – Eigengrau (Code666 Records)

I would never had said that Rise of Avernus were Australian from the titles of their previous album or EPs, however that fact certainly doesn’t detract the quality of the dark & broody musicianship coming from those sunny climes. The… Continue Reading →

Zornheym – Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns (Non Serviam Records)

With members linked to Dark Funeral, Devian, Diabolical and Facebreaker, this band cannot be ignored. Zornheym from Sweden add to their black metal roots a string orchestra and their own chorus, called “Chorus Tenebris”. The result is a powerful symphonic… Continue Reading →

Akroma – Apocalypse [Requiem] (Fantai’zic Productions)

This is the fourth album from symphonic black metal band Akroma, who I confess I didn’t know about before hearing this. A name on the list, which did strike me, was that of Dirk Verbeuren, drummer with Soilwork and the… Continue Reading →

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