£18.99Irish doom/sludge band Soothsayer released a gem of an EP a few years back but nothing could've prepared us for this powerful, monolithic album which happens to be their debut full length. Somehow they have retained the emotionally-charged atmosphere while adding next level intensity to their music.Visit product page →
It is now pulsating with raw, irrepressible energy which is almost bursting through the music, echoed by a truly harrowing performance by the vocalist. The sentiments of frustration, rage and despair come through because of the systematic and apathetic destruction of nature, and it has had enough and is now lashing back at all of us.
This album captures this feeling perfectly using an organic sound, eschewing the use of paint brushes to create the artwork with fallen leaves, and most importantly, channeling the chaos surrounding us all into pure sonic catharsis in a manner that this genre can barely contain.
This is one of the most emotive and turbulent albums in the realm of doom/sludge metal while being consistently plaintive, angry and evocative at the same time.
2. Outer Fringe
3. War of the Doves
4. Cities of Smoke
5. Six of Nothing
6. True North
£18.99Following their acclaimed debut album "Fane", UK black metallers Ante-Inferno have announced to release their sophomore full length record, entitled "Antediluvian Dreamscapes", on May 13th via Vendetta Records.Visit product page →
Featuring 7 brand new tracks, with "Antediluvian Dreamscapes" Ante-Inferno have created a dark and mournful, harsh and desolate universe, taking the listener on an emotional journey through the spheres of atmospheric black metal.
1. A Lullaby to a Dying World
3. Celestial Mirage
4. Shadowed Waters
5. Two Score and Ten Souls
6. Beyond the Immemorial Veil
7. Nightmares of the Eschaton
£18.99Limited vinyl pressing (300 copies), this includes 2 bonus tracks.Visit product page →
"There is hardly any weakness here and "Radiant Gloom" can actually be described as a mix of the typical influences of Gothenburg-Death and Nordic Melo-BM ala Catamenia or Old Mans Child." - undergrounded.de
"Classic black metal elements and techniques are skillfully combined with contemporary sound and unique musical ideas." - MetalHangar18
1. The Black Age
5. Silver Tongue
6. The Calling Void
£13.99"Tyndir, a norse word for fallowed ground, speaks of the tension between nature and man and the realization that nature will ultimately reclaim all that man claims sacred. The music, at times melancholy and restrained and, at others, urgent and aggressive, illustrates the growth of the band and while still solidly rooted in the black metal tradition explores the fringes of other genres that surround it."Visit product page →
2. Light Of A Dead Star
3. Wind And Rain
4. Woodland Rebirth
5. Empty Hands Grasping
£11.99Swiss black metal with members of Ungfell and Urgeist. Kvelgeyst was originally called into life in 2015 to delve into the most obscure practices known to man in pursuit of a universal solvent, the alkahest.Visit product page →
Their thorough search for transmutations has been molded into the form of wicked riff-craft and otherworldly, musical chaos.
Kvelgeyst is: Urgeist - Guitars, Vocals Meister T. - Bass, Vocals, Synths V. Knüppelknecht - Drums.
Alkahest was recorded in H.U.C. crypt in 2018.
Mixed by Kerberos and Meister T. Mastered by Andreas Rosczyk at Goblin Sound.
1. Basilisk - Im Angesicht Des Schattenwichts
2. Miasma - Vor Flirrenden Götzen In Stickigen Grotten
3. In Der Hölle Trieft Der Gran
4. Demiurg - Denaturierung Holobiont
5. Alkahest - In Schall Und Rauch Zerflossen
6. Sefiroth - Schalenleib Des Welten-Alls
£18.99HERETICAL SECT is a reclusive collective fixated on the physical and spiritual genocides of the Southwest.Visit product page →
The Southwest; represented through a nostalgic lense of cowboy culture, rarely exposes the most brutal atrocities of American history.
Churches chained shut and lit on fire with the congregation inside, severed limbs piled in the streets, and disease and slavery are burned into the memory of the landscape.
These horrors are sonically juxtaposed against the natural beauty of the high desert. Expansive skies, deep canyons, painted red rocks, all witnesses to untold butchery and grief.
HERETICAL SECT features members of other prominent Santa Fe (NM) bands, such as Predatory Light, Superstition... May all life learn to die.
1. Visceral Divination
2. Plateau Of Stars
3. Punish The Christ
4. Swar Wreathed Flames
£11.99Danish black metal. Originally formed in the year of the millenium under the name Hrapp and several demos later, it was in 2005 when the Danish Black Metal trio changed its name into LIGFAERD.Visit product page →
Following a line-up change, numerous EPs, splits as well as two full-length albums, live appearances such as at Metal Magic Festival, the band quickly began to receive high praise in the underground Black Metal scene.
Today, LIGFAERD are finally presenting us the first details about their third album titled Den Ildrøde Konge', which is set for a release on March 15th 2019 with Berlin-based Vendetta Records!
In the band's tradition the lyrics do not only come in Danish, with Den Ildrøde Konge'LIGFAERD are continuing their path on the darkest art of metal and deliver a fierce beast of pure evil, the band's strongest and most compelling work to date.
1.Fra Helvede Frem
2. Den Ildrøde Konge
3. Den Hornedes Klo
4. Kiøge Huskors 1608 - 1615
6. Under Uindviet Jord
8. Den Stærkeste Hyrde
10. Den Fejlslagne Nedmaning
£11.99Occult black metal from Denmark, feat. members of Ligfaerd and Serpent Lair.Visit product page →
WITCHCULT is a Danish black metal group originally concieved by Besat, Spedalsk and Benedictus on guitars, vocals and drums respectively.
The music is a blasphemous unity of the violent and the vicious, the sinister and the sepulchral. It was concieved to reflect the liturgical format of the lyrics, devoted to Satan and the way of the witch, each a cantata in a sacrament in his name.
After the release of the debut album Cantate of the Black Mass drummer Arent and guitarist Erebos joined the cult to begin work on their next liturgy.
1. I Am The Witch
2. The Hex Of Uncreation
3. The Sarkic Ritual
4. Sour Wine And Bitter Bread
5. Vaxations Of The Black Arts
7. Trials Of The Flesh
8. Seven Brides Of The Scarlet King
£12.49With their roots in Turkey & Germany, Mülheim-based Black Metal duo IMHA TARIKAT is set to release their hotly anticipated debut album titled Kara Ihlas', due out January 18th 2019 on Vendetta Records!Visit product page →
Formed in 2015 by band mastermind Ruhsuz CellÃ¢t, IMHA TARIKAT released their critically acclaimed KENOBOROS'EP in 2017 with Terratur Possessions, followed by a worldwide deal with Berlin-based Black Metal cult label Vendetta.
The band's full-length debut Kara Ihlas', which can be translated as the black purity', drawns its influences from the Quran and a prayer to crave for salvation and mercy of the dead souls.
The album is divided into four chapters and phases, with the goal of self-reflection and to motivate the listener to unfold pressures and grief, to become more honest and emotional with yourself, to mature in your own life and as a human.
Says the band: - žWith great joy, today we announce: The release date for our debut-album has been set! On 18 January 2019 Kara Ihlas will be unleashed on vinyl, CD and tape. 8 Hymns of unbound power, passion bursting like a storm!
There will be further insight with the release moving closer. We welcome you to take part in our journey. Take heed!'
1. I-I: Ã¡ökmüoeŸ Mühür (The broken Seal)
2. I-II: Akan Sa±r (The flowing Wisdom)
3. II-I: Omninihai Ã¡özümü (Omni-Final Solution)
4. II-II: Katarsis Vaaza± (Catharsis Sermon)
5. III-I: oežafaksa±z Rüya (Dawnless Dream)
6. III-II: Kara Ihlas (Black Purity)
7. III-III: Imha Tarikata± (Sect of Destruction)
8. IV: Son Mistisizm (The last Mysticism)
£12.492nd album by SPECTRAL WOUND from canada. "Spectral Wound play a voracious take on Black Metal. One that is seeped in atmosphere without the heavy use of keyboards or operatic elements.Visit product page →
Their initial sonic declaration is grim, evil and drenched in unrefined disgust for our world.
But even with their heavy leaning towards the Finnish style of Black Metal, they've managed to take it and twist out their own take and identity, a fact that comes into play the further one delves into this release." (cvltnation)
1. Woods from Which the Spirits Once so Loudly Howled
2. Black Satanic Glamour
3. Slaughter of the Medusa
4. Feral Gates of Flesh
5. La nuit froide de l'oubli
6. Imperial Thanatosis
Release Date: 07/09/2018
£16.99Haunter's debut album, Thrinodia delivers forty-six and a half minutes of aggressive, filth-encrusted Black/Death Metal, heavy on gritty, grating nihilism and grim, sombre melody, without mercy or compromise. That being said, the surprisingly solemn, slow-burn introduction to 'Perinatal Odium Dilute' (complete with some captivating bass/guitar interplay) reminds me quite a bit of the dearly-departed Ludicra, although the savage torrent of blackend venom and vitriol which follows is several shades darker and several times more vicious.Visit product page →
The two bands do share a similar penchant, however, for interweaving hellishly hooky riffs and subdued, shadowy melodies into the mix, as the eerily headbangable finale to 'Perinatal Odium Dilute' and the sublime second half of the savage 'Untitled' so aptly demonstrate.
The vocals of Bradley Tiffin are unflinchingly bestial throughout, and are frequently employed more as simply another instrument in the collective cacophony, rather than as something separate in their own right, rising from a rumbling, blast-furnace roar to a chalkboard-scraping shriek, sometimes reaching a level of apoplectic fury (see the barnburning 'Vial' for proof) which renders them nearly indecipherable.
'Thus My Undertaking, to Reject Stagnation, and to Liberate Fervency' may have a knowingly pretentious title, but it just so happens to be one of the album's best (and most varied) songs, transitioning from its haunting, minimalist intro into a raging torrent of scorched-earth guitar work and lithe, limber bass lines, before running through a violent sequence of of straining, strangling tremolo runs, chaotic blast-work, and dreary, disconsolate melodic interludes, with barely a pause for breath.
Following the surprisingly atmospheric (yet still shockingly intense) strains of 'Apnoeic (Polarized in Retrospective Contempt)' - which is, by the way, another real stand-out - the album concludes with its fourteen-minute title-track, which, despite its extravagant run-time and the sheer density of its sonic assault, still manages to work in a number of brutally effective hooks and eerie melodic touches along the way, before finally culminating in a drawn-out finale of gloomy ambience and brooding distortion.
So, while this album isn't perfect (the raging chaos of it all doesn't always seem fully under the band's control, and the unrefined density of their sound doesn't always do them any favours), it's still perfect for all of those with a jones for something ugly and uncompromising, something which doesn't pull its punches, and which offers no excuses. (No Clean Singing) license
1. Perinatal Odium Dilute
3. Thus My Undertaking, To Reject Stagnation, and to Liberate Fervency
4. Apnoeic (Polarized in Retrospective Contempt)
5. Shrouded Moor
Release Date: 07/09/2018
£16.99Release Date: 07/09/2018Visit product page →
'Entropy Mantra' delivers seven new songs, all highlighting and pushing each member to showcase their musical mastery. Soaring, dark and anthemic riffs, intertwining bass and guitars, aggressively tight drums, and thoughtfully complex melodies, ANICON have executed their most commanding music to date.
Featuring stunning new artwork by vocalist/guitarist Owen Rundquist.
1. Feeding Hand
2. Wither And Wasted
3. Drowned In The Mirage
4. Names Written In Tar
5. Tarnish On The Emblems Of Ardor
6. Blood From A Road
7. Paling Terrain
£16.99This is an album that isn't just stunningly bleak, it's got the sort of incredible balls and skull melting torment that makes for endless listening. There are few black metal albums that so perfectly sum up the inherent horror of black metal as a genre, this one goes beyond the pale, serving to rip us limb from limb and remind us why we got here in the first place.Visit product page →
The ominous trudge of Cinereous Incarnate is the result of years of honed efforts. This is the bands third full length and perhaps the most fully and elegantly conceived to date. Abstracter's ability to conjure up incredible and death defying atmospheres is impressive to say the least. Not only that though but there is something with the guitar tone that almost suffocates the listener.
You find yourself drowning under a sea of volume and loving every oppressive minute of it. Yet despite how abstract this record can be and the familiarity with the scene needed to 'get it' there are some undeniable grooves that make it easy to sink in to what's been painted here. Abstracter crawl forward, covered in their own filth and loving every minute of it.
The magical devastation of a song like Wings Of Annihilation is not to be underestimated and is a clear indicator of the bands songwriting talent. Cinereous Incarnate is not just a masterful release - it's symbolic of all that black metal can be. It is mesmerizing and cruel, over the top and punishing, and this is why I can't help but to admire it.
Alienating and wonderfully deep, I'm excited to delve once more into this rabbit hole. (two guys metal reviews)
3. ashen reign
4. wings of annihilation
6. devouring night
Release Date: 07/09/2018
£13.99The side project of Solbrud guitarist/vocalist Ole Pedersen Luk, Afsky makes a big impression on its debut LP.Visit product page →
Afsky covers a lot of ground and treads the line between traditional black metal, atmospheric black metal and depressive black metal, with some additional influences seeping in to provide some subtle nuances.
It sometimes has that abrasive second-wave tonality and riffing that wouldn't sound out of place on a Taake record, while on the other hand it alternates between icy assaults and slower atmospheric/depressive sections that have a lot of depth to offer listeners.
It's a strong first showing for this new Danish black metal project.
feat. MYRKUR on 2 tracks...
1. Jeg bærer deres lig
3. Sorte vand
4. Stjernerne slukkes
7. Oh mÃ¥neløse nat
£20.99California post-black metal quartet Wild Hunt have landed a big sound on 'Afterdream of the Reveller,' the title track to their just-announced second album. All of this began when Wild Hunt's guitar player Drew Cook unexpectedly passed away in April 2015 (his family has chosen to withhold the cause of death), on the morning that the band was about to embark on a two-week tour with Cormorant.Visit product page →
The remaining members dropped the tour and instead released Scroll and Urn, an EP they had recently completed and were originally planning on selling on the road. Because of what had happened, Scroll and Urn was released as a tribute to Drew in the days following his passing. It remains Cook's last recorded work.
In June 2015, as a way of coping and moving forward in the wake of Cook's death, Wild Hunt began work on their next record. "Nest of Flames," "Palingenesia" and "Choir of a Greater Sea" were originally written and performed with Cook and were now properly recorded for the first time, and one of Cook's remaining riffs made up the final section of "Odious Gamble."
Bassist West Lenz amicably left the band in June 2016 after having contributed riffs for "Odious Gamble" and having recorded parts for "Nest of Flames" and "Choir of a Greater Sea." This left drummer Harland Burkhart and guitarist Greg Brace to write and record the majority of the album by themselves.
They composed and tracked the songs piece by piece in their rehearsal space and over email, all while making no announcements about the state of the band--as far as most in the SF Bay Area scene knew, Wild Hunt had broken up when Cook passed away. Cook's death heavily informed the lyrical content of the record, though Afterdream of the Reveller isn't exactly a concept album.
The album contains themes of depression, descent into madness and mental purgatory, death and its impact on those close to the deceased. Those themes help form a loose narrative throughout the record, though the album ends on a hopeful and triumphant note (both musically and lyrically) with Palingenesia, a song that alludes to the ideas of resurrection and reincarnation.
In July 2016, Jamison Kester was recruited to fill the second guitar slot. He had shared the stage several times with Wild Hunt with his prior band Infinite Waste, and was one of the few guitar players in the bay area with the technical ability to play Wild Hunt's music.
As the band stepped into the mixing of Afterdream of the Reveller in December 2016, they contacted Avinash Mittur to help them overcome technical hurdles they had encountered. He had befriended Burkhart, Brace and Cook years prior as an intern at Trakworx Studio, whereScroll and Urn and the first Wild Hunt album Before the Plane of Angles were mastered.
Upon hearing of the vacant bass player position Mittur offered to try out for the band and the new lineup played its first show in May 2017, where much of the material from Afterdream was performed live for the first time. The four members of Wild Hunt's current lineup were all present at Cook's memorial in October 2015, and Kester and Mittur first met after the latter had written a tribute piece to Cook.
Greg Brace - guitar and vocals (Dispirit, ex-Dimesland) Harland Burkhart - drums and lead vocals (Dispirit, ex-Dimesland) Jamison Kester - guitar and vocals (Void Omnia, ex-Infinite Waste, ex-Apocryphon) Avinash Mittur - bass
1. At Once the Vision and the Seer
2. Odious Gamble
3. The Last Saeculum
4. Choir of a Greater Sea
6. Afterdream of the Reveller
7. Nest of Flames
RIYL: Void Omnia, Ash Borer, Wolves In The Throne Room, Addaura
£14.99Taking influences from the Norway traditional school of black metal, adding bits from Austrasian folklore and overwhelming its concept with the right amount of atmosphere, LOTH is now giving birth to its second album called Apocryphe.Visit product page →
With 3 original songs and a Guillaume De Machaut cover, the band goes straight for the throat and deliver its most aggressive recording yet.
Featuring Flore and The Austrasian Goat on Douce Dame Jolie.
Mastered by Julien Louvet. Artwork and layout by Jennie Zakrzewski.
RIYL: Blut Aus Nord, Aggaloch, Wolves in the Throne Room
1. Douce Dame Jolie
2. Mourir Ã Metz
£16.99This is a split between two black metal bands that I hold in very high esteem; Paramnesia from France, and Ultha from Germany.Visit product page →
Paramnesia are the first band, offering up a 20-minute track named VI. Like their previous work, such as their split with Unru, the band deliver epic black metal, forged around a core of frozen might, and expanded with progressive, atmospheric, and melodic components. Paramnesia's blistering delivery is ramped up in intensity by the needle-thin screams of their singer.
Around these slices of Venom, entire architectures of emotive blackness spring up and die down at the whim of their creators.Sometimes the band will craft these structures from blasting extremity, while at others the pace slows and time is taken to explore different atmospheric avenues.
Introspective, lonesome post-metal-esque sections appear too, showing that the band are adept at shaded, reflective delivery as well, before inevitably unleashing Hellfire once more.Whatever they're actually doing on this song though, it's effective and extremely enjoyable.
Ultha's debut album Converging Sins was so hideously impressive that it rather quickly achieved a prominent position in my end of year best of 2016 list. Now that I have had the time to process it even more, it would have placed even higher.
The band's contribution to this split - The Seventh Sorrow, 18 minutes in length - shows Ultha have lost none of their talent for highly-engaging music. The Seventh Sorrow is atmospheric and fiery, with gripping melodies and dark mood both present in abundance. With equally abundant bleak melancholy and in-depth emotive content, as well as crazily infectious guitar parts, this song demonstrates firmly that the quality of the material on Converging Sins wasn't a one off.Ultha remain one of my favourite atmospheric black metal bands.
On this split they, and Paramnesia, have created something extremely satisfying and worthy. This is a 38 minute, high-quality, high-value split, one which you must seek out at your earliest convenience. ( wondderboxmetal)
1. Paramnesia - Vi
2. Ultha - The Seventh Sorrow
£6.60In 2010, guitarist Matt Mewton (also of Brooklyn-based black metal legion WOE) joined forces with bassist Lesley Wolf (of Brooklyn-based blackened sludge band, MORTALS), and drummer Jacques Johnson.Visit product page →
Realizing their doomed black metal style struck a chord, the trio began demoing material and playing live. After two self-released demo releases, a blistering and massive two song contribution to a split release with ANICON, and a limited edition EP, BELUS forged a bond with Vendetta Records to release their latest and most shuddersome offering to date.
Apophenia delivers seven new songs packed to the brim with merciless, rippling, and suffocating atmosphere. Each song is crafted with authentic, proficient guitar and bass work that focuses on massive riffs without studio trickery. Ritualistic and steadfast guitar and bass tones speak their own languages as they slither throughout Apophenia.
Clever and intuitive drumming drive merciless triplet-blasted fervor into each song and pumps life into the bleak and dark pulse of the world. Apophenia brings agonizing, indignant, and thunderous anthems of unwavering whispers of dissonance through an immortal storm.
The unrelenting, bleak aura of Apophenia puts forth an acrimonious pall while reaching for serenity.
Release Date: 08/12/2017
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