The Negative Bias/Golden Dawn – Split (Review)

The Negative Bias Golden DawnThis is a split between two Austrian black metal bands – The Negative Bias and Golden Dawn.

The release starts with The Temple of Cruel Empathy by The Negative Bias. This is a 12-minute foray into the atmospheric black metal cosmos. Continue reading

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Ende – Goétie Funeste (Review)

EndeEnde are a French black metal band and this is their fourth album.

I very much enjoy Ende’s work. Both 2015’s The Rebirth of I and 2017’s Emën Etan were effective examples of traditionally-delivered raw black metal, played well and with good songs. It’s only actually been a year since Emën Etan, but it seems there has been no rest in the Ende camp. Their lack of sleep is to our benefit, however. Continue reading

Black Mass Pervertor – Life Beyond the Walls of Flesh (Review)

Black Mass PervertorBlack Mass Pervertor are a Finnish black metal band and this is their latest EP.

As this is the band’s first outpouring of filth since 2016’s Phanerosis, I knew I had to expose myself to their virulent and toxic take on black metal as soon as I could. Hey, it’s worth the risk. Continue reading

Aux Era – Aux Era (Review)

Aux EraAux Era are a US experimental/progressive rock band and this is their debut album.

Here we have around 38 minutes of experimental psychedelic rock. Fusing elements of psychedelia, post-rock, progressive rock, and punk into involved and exploratory songs, this is a compelling release that’s easy to like if you’re a fan of expressive and well-developed progressive rock. Continue reading

Golgothan Remains – Perverse Offerings to the Void (Review)

Golgothan RemainsThis is the debut album from Golgothan Remains, an Australian death metal band.

Golgothan Remains manage to fuse old-school ancient death metal influences with a more modern streak of black/death dissonance. Thinking of a mix of Immolation, Incantation, Ulcerate, and Deathspell Omega wouldn’t be entirely inappropriate. Continue reading