Vong – A Wander in Liminality (Review)

Vong - A Wander in LiminalityVong is a one-man black metal band from Vietnam and this is his debut album.

Apparently a demo version of this was released in 2019, but this definitive version is a complete rerecording of the songs, with some rearranging going on too.

Vong’s music is an atavistic example of the core blackened Continue reading “Vong – A Wander in Liminality (Review)”

Hulder – The Eternal Fanfare (Review)

Hulder - The Eternal FanfareThis is the latest EP from Hulder, a one-woman black metal band from the US.

A 26-minute mini-album, The Eternal Fanfare has strong roots in the classic 90s era. It uses these influences well, but is not restricted by them. The artist behind the band clearly knows what she wants to achieve with her music, and uses influences Continue reading “Hulder – The Eternal Fanfare (Review)”

Umbra Conscientia – Nigredine Mundi (Review)

Umbra Conscientia - Nigredine MundiUmbra Conscientia are a black metal band from Costa Rica/Germany, and this is their second album.

Featuring current and ex-members of Corpse Garden, Nigredine Mundi contains 32 minutes of black metal that will flay your skin while it summons daemonic horrors to swallow your soul. Continue reading “Umbra Conscientia – Nigredine Mundi (Review)”

Liber Null – For Whom Is the Night (Review)

Liber Null - For Whom Is the NightThis is the second album from international black metal act Liber Null.

Brought to us by members of bands such as Fides Inversa, Frostmoon Eclipse, and Manetheren, For Whom Is the Night contains 39 minutes of lethal black metal venom. Continue reading “Liber Null – For Whom Is the Night (Review)”

Serpents Oath – Ascension (Review)

Serpents Oath - AscensionThis is the second album from Belgian black metal band Serpents Oath.

Ascension contains 42 minutes of second wave black metal played in the classic style.

Serpents Oath’s music is dark and aggressive. It combines lethal speed with mystical atmosphere. Blackened leads add melodic Continue reading “Serpents Oath – Ascension (Review)”

Saor – Origins (Review)

Saor - OriginsThis is the fifth album from UK one-man black metal band Saor.

Brought to us by the artist behind Fuath, (and also an ex-member of Falloch), Saor’s music is well-regarded, although this is my first encounter with it. My loss, it seems, as Origins offers up a very compelling 41 minutes of atmospheric black metal. Continue reading “Saor – Origins (Review)”

Lurid – Fire Spell (Review)

Lurid - Fire SpellThis is the debut EP from Lurid, a black metal band form the US.

This release clocks in at 33 minutes, although it’s actually a release of two parts. The first four songs are the brand new tracks for the EP, (21 minutes), while the last two are remastered versions of the songs from last year’s demo, (12 minutes). Continue reading “Lurid – Fire Spell (Review)”

Bekor Qilish – Throes of Death from the Dreamed Nihilism (Review)

Bekor Qilish - Throes of Death from the Dreamed NihilismThis is the debut album from Bekor Qilish, an extreme metal solo act from Italy.

Across 28 minutes the artist behind this band delivers his vision for extreme metal – a complex and layered avant-garde assault on the senses. Blending the technical and progressive strains of black and death metal into an experimental extreme metal framework, Throes of Death from the Dreamed Nihilism is a jarring and unfriendly piece of work, that nonetheless rewards connoisseurs of esoteric underground extremity. Continue reading “Bekor Qilish – Throes of Death from the Dreamed Nihilism (Review)”

Verberis – Adumbration of the Veiled Logos (Review)

Verberis - Adumbration of the Veiled LogosThis is the second album from Verberis, a black metal band from New Zealand.

Across five expansive songs, Adumbration of the Veiled Logos spends 58 minutes transporting the listener to vast blackened soundscapes and subjecting them to harrowing esoteric visions. Continue reading “Verberis – Adumbration of the Veiled Logos (Review)”

Esoctrilihum – Consecration of the Spiritüs Flesh (Review)

Esoctrilihum - Consecration of the Spiritüs FleshThis is the seventh album from French solo black metal act Esoctrilihum.

I enjoyed 2018’s Pandaemorthium (Forbidden Formulas to Awaken the Blind Sovereigns of Nothingness), and then enjoyed even more 2021’s Dy’th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath. Has this upward trajectory of enjoyment continued with Consecration of the Spiritüs Flesh? Continue reading “Esoctrilihum – Consecration of the Spiritüs Flesh (Review)”