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

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

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

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

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

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

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