Ad Noctem Funeriis – Abyss, Fire, Brimstones (Review)

Ad Noctem Funeriis - Abyss, Fire, BrimstonesThis is the third album from Italian black metallers Ad Noctem Funeriis.

Abyss, Fire, Brimstones contains 44 minutes of pure blackened aggression. Ad Noctem Funeriis play a stripped-back, focused version of black metal that derives its core from the dark heart of the second wave. Continue reading “Ad Noctem Funeriis – Abyss, Fire, Brimstones (Review)”

Miasmes – Vermines (Review)

Miasmes - VerminesMiasmes are a French black metal band and this is their debut EP.

Miasmes play classic second wave black metal with an underlying punk energy. It’s old-school and raw, and pretty damn nasty. Continue reading “Miasmes – Vermines (Review)”

Ad Finem Omnia – No Peace – No Dawn (Review)

Ad Finem Omnia - No Peace - No DawnAd Finem Omnia are a black metal band from Chile and this is their debut album.

Brought to us by two members of Sol Sistere, Ad Finem Omnia play second wave-inspired melodic black metal, and on No Peace – No Dawn they deliver 44 minutes of material. Continue reading “Ad Finem Omnia – No Peace – No Dawn (Review)”

Abhoria – Abhoria (Review)

Abhoria - AbhoriaThis is the debut album from US black metallers Abhoria.

So, here we have a 42-minute black metal release that claims inspiration from Immortal, Dark Funeral and Emperor. How could I resist sampling its dark delights?

Abhoria present their second wave-influenced assault with a Continue reading “Abhoria – Abhoria (Review)”

Skinliv/Vermisst – Split (Review)

Skinliv Vermisst - SplitSkinliv are from Denmark and Vermisst are from Poland, both play black metal and they have teamed up for this 38-minute split.

Skinliv open up the split, with four tracks across 19 minutes.

Skinliv’s blackened assault is Continue reading “Skinliv/Vermisst – Split (Review)”

Necronautical – Slain in the Spirit (Review)

Necronautical - Slain in the SpiritNecronautical are a UK black metal band and this is their fourth album.

Featuring members of Winterfylleth and Foetal Juice, Necronautical play black metal influenced by the second wave, in particular the keyboard-enhanced symphonic side of it. To this is added a muscular death metal influence, which is streamlined by the blackened core of the band and used to add a lethal edge to the music. There’s also a progressive metal influence that can felt on occasion, usually in a particular riff, solo, or melody, for example. Continue reading “Necronautical – Slain in the Spirit (Review)”

Fuath – II (Review)

Fuath - IIThis is the second album from Fuath, a one-man UK black metal band.

Here we have 42 minutes of atmospheric black metal in the vein of the 90s second wave. The promo blurb mentions bands such as Darkthrone, Mayhem, Burzum, Drudkh, and Windir, and these influences are well-represented Continue reading “Fuath – II (Review)”

Darkenhöld – Arcanes & Sortilèges (Review)

Darkenhöld - Arcanes & SortilègesThis is the fifth album from French black metallers Darkenhöld.

We last caught up with Darkenhöld on 2014’s Castellum, although the band haven’t been doing nothing in the past six years; they’ve had an another album and a split release with Griffon since then. Darkenhöld specialise in old-school Continue reading “Darkenhöld – Arcanes & Sortilèges (Review)”

Crépuscule d’Hiver – Par-Delà Noireglaces et Brumes-Sinistres (Review)

Crépuscule d'Hiver - Par-Delà Noireglaces et Brumes-SinistresThis is the debut album from French one-man black metal act Crépuscule d’Hiver.

Par-Delà Noireglaces et Brumes-Sinistres contains 69 minutes of music that combines atmospheric black metal with dungeon synth, creating an engaging journey into medieval times for the listener to become immersed in. Continue reading “Crépuscule d’Hiver – Par-Delà Noireglaces et Brumes-Sinistres (Review)”

Dratna – Druid Winds & the Fall of the Celtic Gods (Review)

Dratna - Druid Winds & The Fall of the Celtic GodsThis is the latest EP from UK one-man black metal band Dratna.

This EP contains 24 minutes of atmospheric black metal. The style reminds me of the late 90s/early 00s quite strongly, but has enough of its own personality to justify its own existence. If you imagine a mix of bands such as Windir and Vinterriket, then you’ll be on the right lines. Continue reading “Dratna – Druid Winds & the Fall of the Celtic Gods (Review)”