Earth and Pillars – Earth II (Review)

Earth and Pillars - Earth IIThis is the third album from Italian black metal band Earth and Pillars.

2016’s Pillars I consisted of four monolithic tracks that made a very good impression. A release full of dark delights, it was a memorable album that still holds itself very well three years later. Continue reading

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Drift into Black – Anthems from the Darkest Winter (Review)

Drift into Black - Anthems from the Darkest WinterThis is the second album from Drift into Black, a solo, (with guest musicians), death/doom metal act from the US.

Anthems from the Darkest Winter contains 56 minutes of material, (including a Pink Floyd cover). The music mixes death, doom, and Gothic metal together into songs that have a good balance between all three strains of heaviness. Continue reading

Chronoboros – The Mass Saw Acres of Chain (Review)

Chronoboros - The Mass Saw Acres of Chain

This is the second album Greek post-hardcore/sludge band Chronoboros.

Having enjoyed both Dialing up the Cutter and No Dirt or Silver Will Have Us Sated, we now turn to the latest Chronoboros release, which finds the band in good form as they plough through 35 minutes of angular, unorthodox material. Continue reading

Iapetus – The Body Cosmic (Review)

Iapetus - The Body CosmicThis is the second album from Iapetus, a progressive death metal band from the US.

2017’s The Long Road Home impressed with its colossal take on atmospheric, progressive, melodic death metal. Now, in 2019, the band have returned with an even more professional delivery and production, one which features the percussive skill of the drummer of Ne Obliviscaris too. As for the music? Well, it’s simply breathtakingly good. Continue reading

Orthodoxy – Novus Lux Dominus (Review)

Orthodoxy - Novus Lux DominusThis is the debut album from Spanish death metallers Orthodoxy.

On their first record Orthodoxy deliver 43 minutes of death metal that’s dark and malevolent. Taking influence from old-school death metal acts, (such as Incantation and Immolation, but without being limited to these), Novus Lux Dominus is a satisfying example of an album that’s both crushingly heavy and atmospherically malignant. Continue reading

Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence (Review)

Esoteric - A Pyrrhic ExistenceThis is the seventh album from Esoteric, a funeral doom band from the UK.

After a gap of eight years, legendary doom act Esoteric have returned. The band’s strain of crushing, suffocating music has lead the way in funeral doom since their first album was unleashed in 1994. On A Pyrrhic Existence they return with a colossal double album spanning 98 minutes of huge, awe-inspiring monolithic doom songs. Continue reading

Slow – VI – Dantalion (Review)

Slow - VI - DantalionSlow is a funeral doom band from Belgium and this is their sixth album.

2017’s V – Oceans was a monolithic slab of atmospheric funeral doom that I really, really enjoyed. Brought to us by the artist behind bands such as We All Die (Laughing), COAG, Merda Mundi, Cult of Erinyes, and many others, Slow has now been expanded to a duo, which seems to have inspired them to produce an absolute monster of an album – here they give us 78 minutes of content to become transfixed by. Continue reading