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).
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.
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.
For the top 20 demos and EPs check here 20. Bölzer – Hero Probably this year's most controversial and loved-to-be-hated release, “Hero” is a masterpiece that grows with each listen, almost justifies the whole hype around the Swiss' name. Yes, the vocals need some time to be digested, especially if someone has no contact with … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε 2016 – Top 20 Albums.
For albums 21-40 see here. For 10 best non-full-length releases see here. 20. Y – De Occulta Philosophia Somewhere between noise and harsh black metal with an all-consuming occult feeling, one and a half hour of wanderings in dungeon corridors. Including some of the most diverse and interesting vocals that one can hear today. The … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε 2015 – Top 20 Albums.
An alphabetically sorted list of 2015 albums that did not quite make it to the top-20, yet are just a step below. I found that ranking them was time-consuming and non-essential, since the difference in quality between them was almost non-existent, hence the alphabetic hierarchy. A Forest Of Stars – Beware The Sword You Cannot See … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε 2015 – The Good Albums (21-40).
Manii - Skuggeheimen This one is “outside” the list, since it does not contain any new material, but rather just a re-recording of two tracks from the second and third Manes demos (for those not familiar with Manii, they are -since 2011- the old-school aspect of Manes), which are however still throbbing with perfection. Less eerie, the … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε 2015 – Demo, EP, and Split releases Top-10.
How does one listen to epic metal? (I limit the question's scope only on epic metal, since the album in question is a prime example of this sound) With this question, I mean, on what level of immersion inside an album's concept (including music, lyrics, aesthetics), has one to descend, in order to fully enjoy … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Macabre Omen – Gods of War, at War review.
Top notch Albums: Awe / Vacantfield / End – Moerae A mighty collaboration, a split release of extraordinary thematic cohesion. Review here. Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden (Epic) doom metal, of great heaviness and terrific guitar work. Memorable tracks, most of them of stellar status. Death Karma - The History Of Death & … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε 2015: A first retrospect.
Να παίρνεις φόρα και να πετάς καυτό μάγμα στη μέχρι στιγμής γραμμικότητα της ιστορίας που δε σε αφήνει να γυρίσεις πίσω στο 2004 και να αναγκάσεις, υπό την απειλή τραμπουσέτας, τους υπεύθυνους για αυτό το διαμαντένιο ep, να κυκλοφορήσουν τουλάχιστον ένα full-length. Τέλος πάντων. Οι Isen Torr ήταν ένα σχήμα του Walker των Solstice, ο … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Isen Torr – Mighty & Superior.