Trepanation: Hideous Black Abyss

Trepanation, Hideous Black Abyss. Get on this. [black metal death metal grind core metal punk war metal demo] All the good words, at name your price too.  Read More

Exordium Mors—Sacrifice, Perish and Demise EP

Exordium Mors—Sacrifice, Perish and Demise EP Exordium Mors’ metal has a markedly pitiless temper, much like that of fellow New Zealand kin Witchrist, Winter Deluge and Diocletian. The five-piece band from Auckland originally formed in 2004, and have released a series of demos, a split DVD release, and one EP, 2010′s Verus Hostis – A Hymn to Fire. The band’s latest EP, Sacrifice, Perish and Demise, is being dangled as fresh bait... Read More

ABAZAGORATH— ABAZAGORATH EP

Abazagorath— Abazagorath EP Anyone with a passing interest in the history of USBM would have been thrilled to see the long awaited return of black metal sorcerers Abazagorath. Their self-titled new EP, their first material in four years, more than exceeds expectations with its hellfire and brimstone delights. It’s the band’s best work yet. Twenty-two minutes of utterly bitter black metal that summons up the Scandinavian demons of yore,... Read More

Winter Deluge—As the Earth Fades into Obscurity.

WINTER DELUGE—AS THE EARTH FADES INTO OBSCURITY. Remember that quickening of the pulse you felt when you first heard black metal? That feeling that the world had suddenly shifted on its axis and would never be the same? There was catharsis and comfort to be found amongst all that misanthropic veracity. It was the voice of everything you saw on the grey washed-out faces that passed you by every day. Black metal wasn’t afraid to acknowledge... Read More

Sabbatic Goat—Demo Review

Sabbatic Goat—Demo Sabbatic Goat’s self-titled demo got me thinking about scenes. Where you come from, your inspirations, your immediate surroundings, all these things should come into play on any band’s recording, let alone their debut. But there’s a huge disconnect with Sabbatic Goat in that regard. The hellish blackened death the band spews out on their demo sits in radical opposition to the family holidays, retirees’... Read More

Sutekh Hexen—Larvae

 Sutekh Hexen—Larvae  Sutekh Hexen are a blackened noise outfit from San Francisco, California, which sounds simple enough. ‘Blackened’—we all know what that means. Frenetic tremolo riffing, evil intent, and astringent vocals. And ‘noise’—that’s also easy to define. Gloriously harsh and atonal cacophonies. It seems like a basic equation, but as with any acquired taste, and Sutekh Hexen are definitely one of those,... Read More

Svartsot—Maledictus Eris

I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with folk metal. I love the untainted honestly of pure folk music, and obviously I love metal as well. But I’ve always had issues with the amalgamation of the two genres. There are some bands that manage to combine the two styles really well—Ensiferum, Amorphis, Moonsorrow and Týr spring to mind. But so much folk metal falls apart in the mix; it gets overly sentimental and twee if bands lean too hard on... Read More

Tombs—Path of Totality

Waves of corpulent riffs, understated gothic splendor and a fair amount of post-metal escapism greets you on Path of Totality, the sophomore album from New York trio Tombs. It’s a sagacious, intricate release—Tombs have taken those disparate elements and influences that defined their debut, Winter Hours, honed their already imposing songwriting prowess, and released an album that is intensely corrosive, yet has a tantalizingly delicate heart. Tombs... Read More

Avichi – The Devil’s Fractal

  The Devil’s Fractal is album number two from this US black metal wizard Andrew Markuszewski. While he’s also a contributing member of post-punk and progressively-inclined underground metal superstars Nachtmystium, his releases under the Avichi moniker comprise infinitely sterner and bleaker sermons, with a core sound closer to the primal thrust of orthodox black metal (along with a welcome dose of avant-garde thematic complexity).... Read More

Kroda- Schwarzpfad

  If Eastern European black metal bands are famous for anything, aside from some very dubious political affiliations, then it would have to be that they don’t suffer any lack of self-confidence or ambition. Ukrainian outfit Kroda takes that same purposeful and progressive approach on its newest release Schwarzpfad, crafting a suite of songs that splices mellifluous European folk into a swirling mix of pagan fury. Spread out across five elongated... Read More

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