To my ears Vignette is a great example of what modern, forward-thinking metal should be all about in 2018. Heavy, hard-hitting, atmospheric, emotive…the list goes on. Letters from the Colony have created a thoroughly enjoyable slab of modern heaviness with their debut album, one which I’m very pleased to be able to find a bit more about courtesy of the band’s drummer and co-founder Jonas Sköld. Continue reading
Baldam’s second album Pasung is a monstrous sludge metal beast that gets even better the louder you play it. It’s crushing, devastating stuff. It also has a core of well-written music at its dark heart, obscured by waves of thick grimy distortion and evil vocals. If you’re a fan of heavy, filthy music then this is one that you need to check out as a priority.
Founder Grahm Reynolds lets us into the world of Beldam, what makes the band tick and how energised he is at the moment… Continue reading
Have you checked out Harm’s Way’s latest album Posthuman yet? Well, if you’re a fan of modern heavy music with some good quirks and plenty of character, you should. I’m listening to it now before I head to the gym, and it’s making me feel sufficiently worked up. In a good way, of course.
So, let’s find out a bit more about what the band and their new album… Continue reading
Monolithe’s latest album Nebula Septem is quite something. With a firm concept and a collection of songs that’s arguably the band’s most diverse and enjoyable yet, it seems that here is a band that can do no wrong and are simply getting better and better as time goes by.
Benoît Blin, who plays guitar in the band, was nice enough to go into detail about the album and what makes it what it is… Continue reading
The new In Vain album – Currents – is a progressive death metal treasure trove of sweeping music and grandiose structuring. Full of epic songs and engaging, sometimes eclectic delights, it’s a engrossing mix of melodic black/death metal mixed with progressive highlights. Well-written and extremely enjoyable, this is 42 minutes of quality music that I urge anyone reading to this to explore.
Lead guitarist Kjetil Pedersen was kind enough to answer some questions about the band and their latest opus… Continue reading
In my humble opinion, Hamferð have recently released an early contender for album of the year in their stunning latest album Támsins Likam. Yes, yes, I know; bold claims…it’s only January…blah blah blah, but I’d be shocked if this wasn’t a release that ends up getting some seriously high places on a lot of lists eventually. Time will tell, of course…
Anyway, all I can say is that I urge you in the strongest possible manner to check these guys out. If you’re partial to emotive, melancholy doom metal, with first-rate songwriting and some deathly bite, then this is a release you have to check out. Continue reading
One listen to Defecto’s latest release – Nemesis – will have you banging your head and singing along to their infectious metal faster than you can say “stadium-friendly”. It’s an album that’s a very meaty listen, one that will not only satisfy your immediate cravings for something tasty, but will also leave you full and satisfied afterwards.
Main man Nicklas Sonne tells us a bit more about his band, how it came to be, and the beast that is Nemesis… Continue reading
There is a wealth of top quality extreme metal located in France, and Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Productions is one of my favourite French labels that’s primarily dedicated to uncovering it. I’ve watched them develop and flourish over the years, producing some first-rate albums that I regularly listen to and enjoy. To my mind, if it’s being put out by Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Productions, then it’s almost certainly going to be worth listening to.
The label has almost been around for ten years at this point, so it seemed like a fitting time to get to know a bit more about the label that has been responsible for unleashing so much quality underground music on the world.
Below are some words from the label manager Gerald Milani. So sit back, have a listen to the label’s sampler, and learn a bit about Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Productions…
WVRM’s latest EP Can You Hear the Wind Howl may only last a very brief nine minutes, but it’s 9 minutes of savage darkness and cutting, lethal ferocity. Hyper-aggressive and full of the kind of pitch-black extremity we can’t get enough of here at Wonderbox Metal, WVRM have seriously impressed with this very enjoyable collection of malignant, brutally nasty tunes.
Yes, this was very definitely a band to find out more about… Continue reading
After a wait of far too long, the talented Alexey Markov has finally returned with a new Starsoup album – Castles of Sand. I’m a huge fan of the band’s first release Bazaar of Wonders, and I have to say that this new one is just as good, if not better. I wanted to know a bit more about Starsoup in 2017, so let’s delve right in… Continue reading