Spirit Adrift – Enlightened in Eternity (Review)

Spirit Adrift - Enlightened in EternityThis is the fourth album from the US heavy metal band Spirit Adrift.

Up to this point, each Spirit Adrift album has been better and more developed than its predecessor. From 2016’s Chained to Oblivion, to 2017’s Curse of Conception, and then last year’s Divided by Darkness, this prolific Continue reading “Spirit Adrift – Enlightened in Eternity (Review)”

Griffon – ὸ θεός ὸ βασιλεύς (Review)

Griffon - ὸ θεός ὸ βασιλεύςThis is the second album from French black metallers Griffon.

Griffon give us a very agreeable and enjoyable take on medieval-influenced black metal. Across 40 minutes, ὸ θεός ὸ βασιλεύς, (or o Theos, o Basileus), proves to be aggressively melodic and energetic, but not without atmosphere or depth. Continue reading “Griffon – ὸ θεός ὸ βασιλεύς (Review)”

Distant – Dawn of Corruption (Review)

Distant - Dawn of CorruptionThis is the latest EP from Distant, a deathcore band from the Netherlands.

Sometimes you just want a hit of something thunderously heavy. 2019’s Tyrannotophia was one such hit, (more like a smash), so when Dawn of Corruption was unveiled, I knew I was in for a fresh beating. Continue reading “Distant – Dawn of Corruption (Review)”

Pallbearer – Forgotten Days (Review)

Pallbearer - Forgotten DaysThis is the fourth album from US doom metallers Pallbearer.

This is old-school doom metal mixed with a progressive delivery. Black Sabbath and Candlemass are obvious rough starting points for the band’s sound, but you can also hear the influence of 70s progressive rock on the songs too. Continue reading “Pallbearer – Forgotten Days (Review)”

Infera Bruo – Rites of the Nameless (Review)

Infera Bruo - Rites of the NamelessThis is the fourth album from progressive black metal band Infera Bruo.

Here we have a modern progressive blend of black metal, played with furious passion and experienced skill. Infera Bruo know how to write this style, and Rites of the Nameless contains 41 minutes of thoroughly enjoyable music. Continue reading “Infera Bruo – Rites of the Nameless (Review)”

Nordicwinter – Desolation (Review)

Nordicwinter - DesolationNordicwinter is a one-man Canadian black metal band, and this is his third album.

Containing 36 minutes of atmospheric black metal with a depressive-style edge, Desolation is an obscure underground gem, one which should be uncovered by as many people as possible. I’m a big fan of atmospheric black metal, and Desolation is a particularly good example of the art. Continue reading “Nordicwinter – Desolation (Review)”

Invernoir – The Void and the Unbearable Loss (Review)

Invernoir - The Void and the Unbearable LossThis is the debut album from Invernoir, an Italian doom metal band.

Taking influence from old-school doom/Gothic metal via the likes of My Dying Bride, Anathema, Katatonia, and Paradise Lost, The Void and the Unbearable Loss contains 51 minutes of music crafted in this venerable style. Continue reading “Invernoir – The Void and the Unbearable Loss (Review)”

Aphonic Threnody – The Great Hatred (Review)

Aphonic Threnody - The Great HatredAphonic Threnody are an international funeral doom band, and this is their third album.

Having enjoyed 2017’s Of Loss and Grief, and knowing that the band features members of Arrant Saudade, Towards Atlantis Lights, and Dea Marica, as soon as I saw The Great Hatred appear I knew I had to spend some time absorbing its dark doomy delights. Continue reading “Aphonic Threnody – The Great Hatred (Review)”

Bihargam – Ove Tenebrae (Review)

Bihargam - Ove TenebraeBihargam are a black metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Featuring members of the mighty Fornicus, and playing the sort of moreish melodic black metal that hits the spot nicely, enjoying Ove Tenebrae was pretty much a given. Continue reading “Bihargam – Ove Tenebrae (Review)”

Wayfarer – A Romance with Violence (Review)

Wayfarer - A Romance with ViolenceWayfarer are a US black metal band and this is their fourth album.

Wayfarer are shaping up to be one of my favourite black metal entities of the last six years or so. The quality levels of 2014’s Children of the Iron Age, 2016’s Old Souls, and 2018’s World’s Blood have made for an enviable Continue reading “Wayfarer – A Romance with Violence (Review)”