At the Altar of the Horned God – Through Doors Of Moonlight (I, Voidhanger, 2020)

Despite metal’s obsession with occult aesthetics, its devotional aspect (a function of music that has extremely deep roots, while also being an integral part of religion and the occult) rarely goes beyond superficiality. This has obviously to do with the shock value use of occult in metal, as well as the genre’s highly individualistic and … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε At the Altar of the Horned God – Through Doors Of Moonlight (I, Voidhanger, 2020).

Malokarpatan – Krupinské Ohne (Invictus, 2020)

In contrast to common black metal sentiment, grimness and over-seriousness do not necessarily equal to authenticity and true passion in the occult, unless you want to banish said occult in an isolated niche of your life and render it a mostly introvert spiritual activity. Moreover, everyday folk life incorporates both whimsical and solemn aspects. So, … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Malokarpatan – Krupinské Ohne (Invictus, 2020).

Black Sword Thunder Attack – March of the Damned (No Remorse, 2020)

Anticipation is not a static thing; it changes forms, adapting to cultural and historical conditions. Contemporary anticipation largely consists of digital traces and mechanisms: checking inboxes, blogs, and download sites, participating in social media conversations and hypotheses, occasionally with the artists themselves. Back in the ‘90s and early ‘00s the quest for information and conjecture … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Black Sword Thunder Attack – March of the Damned (No Remorse, 2020).

Zalmoxis – A Nocturnal Emanation (Signal Rex, 2020)

There is something deeply satisfying when the visual, textual and audio components of a work of art blend seamlessly – the sign of a well-sculpted vision. That is the case with the third release of Germany’s Zalmoxis, A Nocturnal Emanation, where title, music and cover art create the mirage of a disturbing oscillation through darkness … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Zalmoxis – A Nocturnal Emanation (Signal Rex, 2020).

2019 Top 25 Albums

2019 was the year of epic metal. Not only did Atlantean Kodex release their first album since 2013 (and what an amazing release it was), but even more importantly, we saw a multitude of female fronted releases with amazing quality. It is only fitting that 4 out of 5 top places are occupied by sword-wielding … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε 2019 Top 25 Albums.

Knoest – Dag

How it sounds: atmospheric in a Nordic way, sylvan, heroic, adventurous, marching, autumnal, deep clean sonorous vocals at the forefront, raging Enslaved moments, lots of folkish acoustic moments, hints of post-punk rhythms (listen to track 3, Avond)How it feels: nostalgic, wandering, past glories, impressionistic, naturalistic, hiraethSounds like: first-era Enslaved (especially the blasting moments), first-era Ulver, … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Knoest – Dag.

Insulter’s Altar – Devastating the Original Sin

How it sounds: through a Kampfar lens, traces of thrashing inferno and De Mysteriis riffage, ridge-like lines riffs, hints of dissonance, slightly flirting with ritual atmosphere, rehearsal atmosphere, gnarly vocalsHow it feels: assimilated are the pillars of Norsk Svart Metall, a drakkar moving steadily through ice covered seas, furious, turbulent, great tape cover and logoSounds … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Insulter’s Altar – Devastating the Original Sin.

Neraines – Yggdrasil

Experimenting with a new compact review format, consisting of keywords and bullet-points. How it sounds: grainy sound, hazy distant sparse vocals, feels like instrumental, embroidery riffing with a crunchy edge, artistic monotonyHow it feels: elegant, optimistic, nostalgic, oozing, traveling through verdant barrows, ancient pagan soul, from forest floors unknown, mythological, green seascapesSounds like: Ancient (Svartalvheim-era), … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Neraines – Yggdrasil.

2017 – Top 25 albums

Places 11-25 are ordered alphabetically. Skip below for the top 10. Top EPs & Demos here. Places 11-25 (Alphabetically ordered) Arckanum – Den Förstfödde Shamaatae’s swansong is a strange beast with quite unconventional song structures – several seem like weird elongated intros or snapshots from a paranoid film. Yet, that’s the magic of this album … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε 2017 – Top 25 albums.

2017 – Top demos & EPs

The order is alphabetic. Blooming Carrions – Sparkling Rotten Dreams (Demo) Finnish death metal from beyond the grave, thick and sepulchral, with almost subsonic growling vocals and a hazy atmosphere. The subterranean guitar sound is an absolute win. Grotesque, pulsating music for Lovecraftian rituals, with a very matching cover art. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chevalier – A Call … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε 2017 – Top demos & EPs.