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).

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.

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.

Two From This Year’s Vault – part 2

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.

Iron Maiden – Book of Souls (first impressions)

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).

2015: A first retrospect

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.