Siete Lagunas – I & II (Review)

Siete LagunasSiete Lagunas are a Colombian black metal band and this release contains their first two demos.

Siete Lagunas combine raw back metal songs – short and caustic – with moments of experimental noise and minimal ambience. Containing 10 tracks and lasting a total of 23 minutes, this is a nasty underground release that will appeal to the connoisseurs of the style out there. Continue reading

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Gloam/Obscure Evil – Split (Review)

Gloam Obscure EvilGloam and Obscure Evil are both black metal bands. The former are from the US and the latter are from Peru.

I was first introduced to Gloam on 2017’s Death Is the Beginning, which ably showcased their doom-infected brand of grimly majestic black metal. Continue reading

Hænesy – Katruzsa (Review)

HaenesyThis is the debut album from Hungarian black metal band Hænesy.

Now this is the stuff. Katruzsa is a nature-inspired atmospheric black metal album with some post-black metal qualities. Underground and raw, with a sonic aesthetic that definitely pleases, this is textured black metal replete with affecting melodies and plenty of atmospheric depth. Continue reading

Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light (Review)

SkeletonwitchThis is the sixth album from Skeletonwitch, a blackened metal band from the US.

Well, this is not what I was expecting to hear from Skeletonwitch. I confess that I’ve only ever really heard a small amount of the band’s prior material, and what I did hear was kind of a thrash/melodic metal affair, from what I recall. I approached this Continue reading

Morrow – The Weight of These Feathers (Review)

MorrowMorrow are a US black metal band and this is their debut album.

Not to be confused with the Morrow from the UK that have appeared on this site previously, this US band play atmospheric black metal with ambient and post-rock influences. Continue reading

Microcosmys/La Torture des Ténèbres – The Gods Themselves – Split (Review)

Microcosmys La Torture des TénèbresMicrocosmys are a black metal band from Ukraine, and La Torture des Ténèbres is a one-woman black metal band from Canada. This is their split.

Supplying 17 minutes of music to this release, Microcosmys play engaging atmospheric/ambient black metal with plenty of appeal and substance. Continue reading