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.

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.

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.

Nefarious Spirit – Nefarious Spirit demo (Underground Soundscapes, 2016)

Can a band's country (or a wider geographic area) of origin be surmised by its sound? During the early days of the second wave black metal I do think that this was a case – though not a simple one, and definitely not without exceptions. There was a characteristic Greek black metal sound (which if … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Nefarious Spirit – Nefarious Spirit demo (Underground Soundscapes, 2016).

Funestus – In Perpetual Silence (Self-Released)

Gazing upon the lovely, primitively impressionist-like cover of Chile's Funestus first demo, Descent with capital D comes into mind. A wintry barren wood, the crescent moon just above the center, like an eye distorted looking down, where an overflow of light seems to imply an abyss ready to receive the invisible wanderer treading upon the … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Funestus – In Perpetual Silence (Self-Released).

Kaffaljidhma – I & II (The Throat)

The sound of musical instruments is sometimes mentally linked to the essence of natural phenomena – for instance, some keyboard hues may invoke in one the essence of starry skies, blastbeats can be mentally linked with hard falling snow or rain, guitars with the wind or even with the view of the mountains. It is … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Kaffaljidhma – I & II (The Throat).

Slutet – Slutet (Teratology Sound & Vision/Psychedelic Lotus Order Records)

Experimental black metal. That is how the band's music is described in Encyclopaedia Metallum. Experimental black metal is an almost hilarious umbrella term, under whose cover can be found things as diverse as Jute Gyte's microtonal exercises, Nachtmystium's melodic/psychedelic popular tunes and The Axis Of Perdition's hellish industrial landscapes. It is a box to stuff … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Slutet – Slutet (Teratology Sound & Vision/Psychedelic Lotus Order Records).