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).

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).

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.

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).

Ψ.Χ. – Το Φως Το Αληθινό

Download link: Καλημέρα Απειλή, καλώς (επαν)ήλθες στο black metal με νυχτερινή φτερούγα για να σβήσεις τα κεριά, για να σαβανώσεις τα μωρά, για να βουτήξεις μέσα στην Παράδοση κάνοντας τα τζάκια να βήχουν σαν φυματικά. Σε ένα φθινόπωρο που έχει βαλθεί να ρεφάρει για την ποιοτική ανυδρία του προηγούμενου διαστήματος της χρονιάς, το μεγαλύτερο … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Ψ.Χ. – Το Φως Το Αληθινό.

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).

Haxen – Haxen (Eternal Death records)

Haxen have apparently been around since 2000, releasing a steady (if a bit sparse) stream of demo releases, yet it took some 16 years in order for their eponymous debut full-length to be finalised. Though hailing from the west coast of the Atlantic, the band seems to be wholeheartedly devoted to European scenes of yore, … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Haxen – Haxen (Eternal Death records).

Sun Worship – Pale Dawn (Golden Antenna Records)

The lone and wandering riff is perhaps the quintessential black metal music-component figure. Dismal yet passionate, adventurous, trying to break the shackles of time and history, a candlelight gliding through perennial corridors. It is ideally without beginning and end, just fading in and out of our perception, yet eternally there. And if the riff is … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Sun Worship – Pale Dawn (Golden Antenna Records).