This is the fourth album from Russian blackened melodic death metal band Second to Sun.
Apparently this is a rerecording of the band’s 2016 release Blackbound, with added vocals, and other differences. I was totally unfamiliar with Second to Sun’s work prior to listening to The Black, so I can’t comment on how this relates to Blackbound, other than to say that it does. Continue reading →
CHRCH are a doom/sludge band from the US and this is their second album.
My first encounter with CHRCH was on their split with Fister. I think you can safely say that I fell in love with them at that point, so it’s very exciting that their latest full length release is now here with a new 47 minutes of material for me to get lost in. Continue reading →
Hundred Year Old Man are a post-metal/sludge band from the UK and this is their debut album.
Breaching contains almost 60 minutes of affecting, emotive material. With a post-metal approach to intensity the band wield their various influences to produce atmospheric sludge metal that’s a monolithic and immersive listening experience. Continue reading →
Louise Lemón is a Swedish death gospel artist and this is her debut album.
Mixing folk, soul, Gothic, electronic, pop, and ambient into slow, meaningful songs, Purge contains 31 minutes of exquisite material. Pretty much every second of it is tinged with darkness and melancholy, which has all contributed towards the creation of a superlative collection of tracks. Continue reading →
This is the debut album from US drone/noise band Clawing.
This is a harrowing, uncomfortable trip into dark ambient, drone, noise, and doom waters. Apparently this is a concept album about night terrors, child abuse, and haunted houses. No, this is not a light and friendly listen. Continue reading →
Arya are an Italian progressive/post-metal band and this is their third album.
I enjoyed last year’s Dreamwars. This was a curiously individual release, blending emotive modern progressive/alternative metal with a dreamy strain of post-metal. It’s an album that is striking upon first listen, but properly Continue reading →