Dismalimerence – Tome: 1 (Review)

Dismalimerence - Tome 1Dismalimerence are a black metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Tome: 1 contains 53 minutes of atmospheric/progressive black metal. Dismalimerence adopt a modern approach to their material. Wrapping an atmospheric emphasis around progressive flourishes, these eight tracks take in a variety of moods, paces, and feelings, resulting in tracks that are enjoyable and satisfying. Continue reading “Dismalimerence – Tome: 1 (Review)”

Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin – Stygian Bough Volume 1 (Review)

Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin - Stygian Bough Volume 1Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin are both artists from the US, and they have teamed up to bring us 64 minutes of mournful doom. Although no strangers to working together, this is their first fully fledged collaboration.

This is a darkly beautiful work, constructed from Continue reading “Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin – Stygian Bough Volume 1 (Review)”

Altesia – Paragon Circus (Review)

Altesia - Paragon CircusAltesia are a French progressive metal band and this is their debut album.

Despite seeing the light of day at the end of 2019, I felt compelled to shine a light on Paragon Circus once I had made its acquaintance, as it really is a damn fine record. Across 57 minutes of material, Altesia take us on a journey that’s as compelling as it is enjoyable. Continue reading “Altesia – Paragon Circus (Review)”

Enterprise Earth – Foundation of Bones (Review)

Enterprise Earth - Foundation of BonesThis is the latest EP from US death metal/deathcore band Enterprise Earth.

This EP contains a new song, (the title track), two covers, an acoustic version of an older song, and an instrumental version of the title track; 22 minutes of material in total. Continue reading “Enterprise Earth – Foundation of Bones (Review)”

Allelic – À Contre Vent (Review)

Allelic - À Contre VentAllelic is a one-man black metal band from Canada. This is his second album.

À Contre Vent is much-anticipated by yours truly, as 2018’s The Smoke of Atavistic Fires was one of my favourites from that year, despite not actually being reviewed on this site. Continue reading “Allelic – À Contre Vent (Review)”

Vile Creature – Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! (Review)

Vile Creature - Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!Vile Creature are a Canadian doom band and this is their third album.

2018’s Cast of Static and Smoke was a notable album, both musically and as a conceptual work that was fleshed out by a short story. Vile Creature have now returned, and what they have unleashed on the world is a superlative piece of heavy art. Continue reading “Vile Creature – Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! (Review)”

Wasteland Coven – Ruined (Review)

Wasteland Coven - RuinedWasteland Coven are a doom metal band from the US and this is their debut EP.

Here we have 23 minutes of old-school doom metal, played with skill and passion. The music has a modern veneer that’s the band’s own take on the old-school formula, but its roots are clear enough. Continue reading “Wasteland Coven – Ruined (Review)”

Aversio Humanitatis – Behold the Silent Dwellers (Review)

Aversio Humanitatis - Behold the Silent DwellersThis is the second album from Spanish black metallers Aversio Humanitatis.

Aversio Humanitatis play a modern brand of black metal, replete with apocalyptic atmosphere and dark death metal elements. I suppose you could loosely describe this band as a cross between Behemoth, Schammasch, Blut Aus Nord, Continue reading “Aversio Humanitatis – Behold the Silent Dwellers (Review)”

Abhasa – १ (Review)

Abhasa - १Abhasa are a atmospheric black metal/dark ambient band from the US, and this is their debut album. It’s actually a remastered version of the original album that came out last year, (which I haven’t heard).

Abhasa’s mysterious and esoteric blend of post-black metal, sludge, and dark ambient is a ritualistic journey into bleak atmosphere. This is 50 minutes of dark mood music, combining blackened soundscapes with minimal ambience. Continue reading “Abhasa – १ (Review)”

Ulthar – Providence (Review)

Ulthar - ProvidenceUlthar are a death metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Brought to us by current and ex-members of bands such as Vale, Void Omnia, Tombs, and Vastum, (and others), there’s a wealth of experience in this band. They also have a well-regarded debut album, which I somehow overlooked. On Continue reading “Ulthar – Providence (Review)”