Raum Kingdom are a sludge/post-metal band from Ireland and this is their second album.
I haven’t caught up with Raum Kingdom since their self-titled 2014 debut EP, so I thought it was overdue that I revisited their work. Monarch contains 43 minutes of sludgy post-metal, and reveals a band that are confident and capable in their chosen genre. Continue reading “Raum Kingdom – Monarch (Review)”
This is the debut album from Natt, a Norwegian progressive/post-rock/doom band.
Natt contains just three songs, with 45 minutes of music. They’re an instrumental duo, although they’re joined on this recording by session musicians on bass and drums/percussion, (the latter from Enslaved). I’m not normally drawn to instrumental music, but one look at the strangely disturbing album artwork made me want to hear this work, and I’m so glad it did. Continue reading “Natt – Natt (Review)”
This is the debut album from French doom band Monastr.
Crushing together crust, post-metal, and sludge into 40 minutes of scathing doom, On Your Knees is a harrowing journey into the darkness of the real world’s horrors. There’s no escape here, only the harshness of reality. Continue reading “Monastr – On Your Knees (Review)”
Throwing Bricks are from the Netherlands and play post-metal/sludge. This is their second album.
The Burden contains 46 minutes of music that mixes together elements of sludge, hardcore, and black metal into a bleak post-metal cocktail. The band’s hybrid approach to their art is compelling, and The Burden offers fans of modern sludgy extremity a feast of scathing vocals and anguished riffs to explore. Continue reading “Throwing Bricks – The Burden (Review)”
This is the second album from US post-metal band Earthrise.
Until We Rest Beneath the Winter Way is a 72-minute journey into ambitious, spacefaring post-metal territories. Taking in elements of progressive metal and rock, Earthrise craft heavy music with emotive atmosphere and engaging texture. Continue reading “Earthrise – Until We Rest Beneath the Winter Way (Review)”
This is the debut album from Danish post-metal band Offernat.
Offernat play a hybrid form of music that blends black, progressive, doom, and post-metal elements together into four mammoth songs. Continue reading “Offernat – All Colours Retract (Review)”
This is the second album from UK post-metal act The Ever Living.
The Ever Living combine alternative, electronic/industrial, and post-metal together into 43 minutes of material on Artificial Devices, resulting in a textured, immersive collection of tracks. Continue reading “The Ever Living – Artificial Devices (Review)”
Ashenspire are a post-black metal band from the UK and this is their second album.
Holy crap. This is not your standard album, not at all. It’s striking, individual, shockingly emotive, and relentlessly harsh in atmosphere and tone. To set the scene somewhat – Ashenspire play a form of post-black metal with strong avant-garde, experimental, and progressive tendencies. Featuring current and ex-members of Barshasketh and Falloch, Hostile Architecture is a 44-minute journey into the contemporary urban heart of darkness. Continue reading “Ashenspire – Hostile Architecture (Review)”
This is the third album from US doom/sludge metal band Hush.
Hush play the sort of hybrid sludge metal that I like – bleak, crushing, nasty, and very, very heavy, but also emotive and atmospheric. Across these 56 minutes the band dish out the punishment mercilessly, but they also do a lot more than just batter and bruise, which is great to hear, as otherwise a running time like that could easily become a burden. Continue reading “Hush – The Pornography of Ruin (Review)”
Icare are a post-black metal band from Switzerland and this is their second album.
So, here’s one that intrigued me form the start with its unusual album artwork. But wait, there’s more to why this grabbed my attention; this is an album that the promo blurb describes as a mix of black-metal, post-metal, and grindcore. It also recommends Charogne for fans of Wake, Calligram, Cult of Luna, and Ulcerate. More and more intriguing, thought I. And then, upon discovery that the album consists of one single 43-minute track, I was sold, and knew I had to check out what Icare have to offer. Continue reading “Icare – Charogne (Review)”