Midnight Odyssey – Biolume Part 1 – In Tartarean Chains (Review)

Midnight Odyssey - Biolume Part 1 - In Tartarean ChainsMidnight Odyssey is an Australian one-man black metal band and this is his third album.

As ridiculous as it sounds, I almost didn’t want to review or even listen to this album. Why? Because the band’s last album – 2015’s immense Shards of Silver Fade – was so hideously good that I couldn’t imagine being anything but disappointed with Biolume Part 1 – In Tartarean Chains. After all, Shards of Silver Fade claimed the coveted top spot in my end of year list for 2015, so this new one had a lot to live up to.

Anyway, enough preamble. Time to judge Biolume Part 1 – In Tartarean Chains on its own merits, of which there are many. Apparently this is the first in a trilogy of albums. I can’t wait to hear the next one already. Continue reading

Paganizer – The Tower of the Morbid (Review)

Paganizer - The Tower of the MorbidPaganizer are a Swedish death metal band and this is their eleventh album.

Paganizer are a very well-respected band with an imposing body of work, (we’ve covered On the Outskirts of Hades and Land of Weeping Souls in the past). Brought to us by the legendary Rogga Johansson, (Echelon, Megascavenger, The Grotesquery, Those Who Bring the Torture, Just Before Dawn, Ursinne, and many more!), The Tower of the Morbid is 38 minutes of Grade A Swedish death metal ready to destroy. Continue reading

Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites (Review)

Nile - Vile Nilotic RitesNile are a US death metal band and this is their ninth album.

On Vile Nilotic Rites Nile return with a new lineup and a new approach to songwriting. There’s a greater cohesion in how the band members work together, and subsequently how their instruments and vocals fit with each other, meaning that the songs on this new album are very high quality. Nile sound focused and hungry. Continue reading

Fvneral Fvkk – Carnal Confessions (Review)

Funeral Fvkk - Carnal ConfessionsThis is the debut album from German doom metal band Fvneral Fvkk.

Fvneral Fvkk play darkly epic doom metal that’s heavy, melodic, and big on emotive depth. Featuring a member of the mighty Ophis, the band have outdone themselves with their songwriting, delivery, and overall quality of this album. Continue reading

Rings of Saturn – Gidim (Review)

Rings of Saturn - GidimThis is the fifth album from Rings of Saturn, a technical deathcore band from the US.

This is synth-enhanced extraterrestrial deathcore, the likes of which is rarely encountered. We last caught up with Rings of Saturn on 2014’s Lugal Ki En, but it seems that time hasn’t slowed them down at all; quite the opposite in fact. Continue reading

The Great Old Ones – Cosmicism (Review)

The Great Old Ones - CosmicismThe Great Old Ones are a black metal band from France and this is their fourth album.

Any fan of atmospheric/post-black metal would be advised to check out Tekeli-li, and EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy. Both are great examples of quality blackened journeys crafted by a band that know their art well. On Cosmicism the band have spread their wings further, while also staying true to what makes them such an engaging act. Continue reading