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Horla / Wytchfilth – Split (S/R)

My first question on discovering that both these one man black metal bands hail from Norwich was what would Alan think if he encountered them to play on the local radio show? I tried to find a suitable quote from… Continue Reading →

Истина – Познание тьмой (S/R)

Yep this one is Russian and I will not be embarking upon a track by track listing. However translation online tells me that the actual album in English would be entitled ‘Knowledge Of Darkness’ and I had been informed that… Continue Reading →

Pestilential Shadows – Ephemeral (Séance Records)

Having been in existence for 11 years now, and with this being their fifth full length album, my own experience of Pestilential Shadows’ work has been as fleeting as their new album’s title – having heard a mere track on… Continue Reading →

Oath – Saatanan Myrsky Yllä Pyhän Maan (Immortal Frost)

A new filthy force emerging from the foggy forests of Finland (well they probably live somewhere quite respectable but it sounds good) are Oath. This duo has only been active since 2012 but have already accrued a couple of EP’s… Continue Reading →

Vardan – Enjoy Of Deep Sadness (Moribund)

I have a feeling that if you look up ‘prolific’ in the dictionary you’ll find the standard definition crossed out and one man Italian atmospheric black metal band Vardan inserted. It’s what, about three albums in eighteen months? And depending… Continue Reading →

Mortualia – Blood of the Hermit (Moribund)

Blood of the Hermit is the second album from Mortualia, the solo project of one of Finnish black metal’s busiest exports, Shatraug (he of Behexen, Horna, Sargeist and umpteen other bands fame). Having been a follower of most of his… Continue Reading →

Thou Shell of Death – Sepulchral Silence (Talheim Record)

Estonian black metal described as a mix between Darkspace and Summoning – big names and truth be told, that’s pretty much what we get with this esoteric three-piece. At least on the surface anyway. Big washes of warm, spacey synths… Continue Reading →

I Shalt Become – Louisiana Voodoo (Saadi Saati)

I absolutely loved drinking in the rich atmospheric grimness of ‘Poison’ the last 2010 released album from Illinois based black metal entity S Holliman. It conveyed a huge depth of expression with a classical backbone swirling around eldritch black metal… Continue Reading →

Cult of Erinyes / Zifir – Split (Tanquam Aegri Somnia)

I’ve always had a lot of musical joy from split albums, I very rarely feel disappointed with them. In a way I guess it’s the fact you’re getting two EPs for the price of one, and especially when filled with… Continue Reading →

Yayla – Nihiahayat (Merdumgiriz)

Yes indeed looking at those random meaningless words you are hardly expected to have a clue what this is all about. What we have though is a one man black metal project helmed by Emil Togrul from Turkey, whom we… Continue Reading →

Silent Path – Mourner Portraits (Hypnotic Dirge)

Iran, not the sort of place you would expect to find a black metal band hailing from is it? Looking on Metal Archives out of interest I see that Iran has 47 bands listed. To be honest even with a… Continue Reading →

Shadows in the Crypt – Beyond The Grave & Cryptic Communications (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)

Shadows in the Crypt belong to the family of USBM bands. The States have played a major role in the development of the orthodox and depressive sound in the worldwide Black Metal scene, and to tell the truth, it never… Continue Reading →

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