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).
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.
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.
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.
Humanitas Error Est – Human Pathomorphism (Satanath Records) In their debut these Germans make a decent attempt at mixing the guitar-sound aesthetics of clinical, “intelligent” black metal (the kind of late 90s Satyricon, album-era Thorns, etc – this legacy is also evident in the best riffs of this album) with some generic but beautiful-in-moments Swedish … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Two From This Year’s Vault – part 2.
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).
Ένα ένα τα κομμάτια, 2 λόγια, με 2 ακροάσεις έκαστο, (ήταν) Live ανταπόκριση (όταν το έγραφα): If Eternity Should Fail: Συμπαθητικό άριφφο κουπλέ, η γέφυρα ξεσπαθώνει, το ρεφρέν αδιάφορο, εκεί στα σόλο καλά το πάει, όχι κάτι τρομερό. Καλά, το Speed Of Light για τα πανηγύρια, πάμε στο επόμενο. The Great Unknown: Αδιάφορο καινούριας Maiden … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Iron Maiden – Book of Souls (first impressions).
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.