Acranius – Reign of Terror (Review)

AcraniusThis is the third album from German brutal death metallers Acranius.

Slam! Bash! Death! Crunch! Destroy! Chug! Squeal! Blammo!

Here’s a band that loves to chug. Heavy chugs and vicious slamming beatdowns mean only one thing; it’s time to break out your best dance moves and head on into the mosh pit. Continue reading

Thunderwar – Black Storm (Review)

ThunderwarThis is Thunderwar’s debut album. They are a death metal band from Poland.

After their very enjoyable and promising EP The Birth of Thunder in 2013, we now have some fresh material from Thunderwar.

Thunderwar play their death metal with a melodic edge, a slight blackened feel and a sense of grandeur that’s aided and abetted by some sterling riffs. Continue reading

Riviẽre – Heal (Review)

RiviereRiviẽre are a progressive metal band from France and this is their debut album.

This is an intriguing blend of styles that uses progressive metal as a base to launch forays into post-rock, post-hardcore and alternative metal.

As you may be able to ascertain from Continue reading

Ols – Ols (Review)

OlsOls is a one-woman neofolk project from Poland. This is her debut album.

This is a release that’s spiritually inspired by atmospheric black metal in some ways, (and also features cover versions of Katatonia and Agalloch tracks), but is musically separate from the style. Essentially a neofolk release, the album also takes influence from dark ambient and alternative rock/pop in places. Continue reading

Xandria – Theater of Dimensions (Review)

XandriaXandria are a symphonic metal band from Germany. This is their seventh album.

This is grand, orchestral, operatic metal with lofty ambitions and high aims. It’s been a while since I’ve caught up with Xandria, and it seems they’re hungrier than ever for big things. Continue reading

Ande – Het Gebeente (Review)

AndeThis is the second album from Ande, an atmospheric black metal solo project from Belgium.

We have already encountered Ande’s 2015 debut Licht, and now it’s time to take a look at the follow up.

Longer by about 15 minutes than the first release, Het Gebeente is a more mature, confident and assured selection of dark hymns.

Starting off with a piano intro, the remaining five songs, (the sixth is different), mix the second wave of black metal with Continue reading

Todesstoss – Ebne Graun (Review)

TodesstossTodesstoss are a German black metal band and this is their eighth album.

After releasing 2015’s challenging and unusual Hirngemeer, Todesstoss are now back with their latest release, which features one 48 minute track.

Just like its predecessor, Ebne Graun is a sprawling, mind-shattering release full of discordant black metal, rampant experimentation and peculiar personality. Continue reading

Interview with Au Champ des Morts

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Have you experienced the raw melodic bleakness of Dans la Joie by French black metallers Au Champ des Morts? If not, then I heartily recommend you to. The album is a rich journey through harrowing depths and terrifying highs. Highly emotive and evocative, here’s a band that know a thing or two about wearing their hearts on their sleeves and producing music that feels like it has real soul.

Prepare yourself then, and let’s explore the world of Au Champ des Morts…

Introduce us to Au Champ des Morts

ACDM is a French band, based in Limousin and Auvergne, started as a duo in 2014 with Stefan Bayle (Anorexia Nervosa) and Migreich (Vulv). Now we are evolving as a trio composed by Stefan Bayle (Vocals, Guitars), Cécile G. (Bass, Vocals) and Wilheim (Drums). We have released one EP « Le Jour se Lève » through Debemur Morti Productions last year and now our first album « Dans la Joie ». Continue reading