Nightgrave – Black Earth (Review)

NightgraveThis is the third album from Nightgrave, a one man atmospheric black metal band.

Not content with releasing the extremely competent Nascent earlier this year, it seems that the prolific Nightgrave has already released a new album in the shape of Black Earth. Continue reading

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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

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

Cryostasium – The Possessor (Review)

CryostasiumThis is the latest EP from US one man black metal band Cryostasium.

I discovered Cryostasium on the 2017 release Starbound, which blew me away, it has to be said.  This latest EP is a slightly different beast, but no less impressive. Continue reading

The Negative Bias/Golden Dawn – Split (Review)

The Negative Bias Golden DawnThis is a split between two Austrian black metal bands – The Negative Bias and Golden Dawn.

The release starts with The Temple of Cruel Empathy by The Negative Bias. This is a 12-minute foray into the atmospheric black metal cosmos. Continue reading

Nortt – Endeligt (Review)

NorttNortt is a one-man black/doom metal band from Denmark and this is his fourth album.

Here we have 40 minutes of black metal that’s been bent to the will of funeral doom and dark ambience. This is music to listen to in a lightless environment, preferably while staring up at the stars and contemplating how insignificant you are. Continue reading