The Sombre – Monuments of Grief (Review)

The Sombre - Monuments of GriefThis is the third album from Netherlands one man death/doom metal act The Sombre.

Brought to us by the artist behind acts such as Gnaw Their Tongues and Dodenbezweerder , The Sombre impressed me on last year’s split with Grim Fate, so I’ve been looking forward to what a full length might be capable of. Continue reading “The Sombre – Monuments of Grief (Review)”

Deathwhite – Grey Everlasting (Review)

Deathwhite - Grey EverlastingDeathwhite are a melodic metal band from the US and this is their third album.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed witnessing Deathwhite’s continued development, (check out Ethereal, Solitary Martyr, For a Black Tomorrow, and Grave Image), so the appearance of Grey Everlasting is very welcome. On their latest release Deathwhite spend 48 minutes doing what they do best, only better than they ever have done it before. Continue reading “Deathwhite – Grey Everlasting (Review)”

Imminent Sonic Destruction – The Sun Will Always Set (Review)

Imminent Sonic Destruction - The Sun Will Always SetThis is the third album from Imminent Sonic Destruction, a progressive metal band from the US.

The Sun Will Always Set contains 52 minutes of expressive progressive metal. It’s an album that might not be what you think it is as it wears many hats across its playing time. Continue reading “Imminent Sonic Destruction – The Sun Will Always Set (Review)”

Akelei – Een Van Ons (Review)

Akelei - Een Van OnsThis is the latest EP from Akelei, a doom metal band from The Netherlands.

Although billed as an EP, and despite the fact that there’s only three tracks here, this is actually a 37-minute release – longer than some albums. This is the the band’s first release in 11 years, and I really hope they don’t leave it as long as that until the next one comes out, as this is exceptional. Continue reading “Akelei – Een Van Ons (Review)”

Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Noktvrn (Review)

Der Weg Einer Freiheit - NoktvmThis is the fifth album from German black metal band Der Weg Einer Freiheit.

Following on from 2017’s FinisterreNoktvrn is an album that finds Der Weg Einer Freiheit at the height of their powers. Containing 48 minutes of progressive and atmospheric post-black metal, Der Weg Einer Freiheit sound darkly vibrant and full of expressive might. Continue reading “Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Noktvrn (Review)”

MØL – Diorama (Review)

MØL - DioramaMØL are a post-black metal band from Denmark and this is their second album.

I really liked 2018’s Jord, so it’s great to have some new material from MØL.

MØL play an effervescent blend of post-black metal and blackgaze, and on Diorama they deliver 47 minutes of the stuff. Continue reading “MØL – Diorama (Review)”

Hooded Menace – The Tritonus Bell (Review)

Hooded Menace - The Tritonus BellThis is the sixth album from Finnish death/doom band Hooded Menace.

Following on from 2015’s Darkness Drips Forth and 2018’s Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed, The Tritonus Bell is another gruesome slab of death/doom, only this time it has been infused with a greater amount of classic heavy metal influences. Continue reading “Hooded Menace – The Tritonus Bell (Review)”

Veil of Conspiracy – Echoes of Winter (Review)

Veil of Conspiracy - Echoes of WinterVeil of Conspiracy are a melodic metal band from Italy and this is their second album.

The promo blurb states that the 45 minutes of material on Echoes of Winter is for fans of Katatonia, Opeth, and The Morningside, which is a good starting point for Veil of Conspiracy’s sound. I’d also add that fans of bands such as Amorphis, Paradise Lost, Deathwhite, Moonspell, My Dying Bride, and Anathema will find much to like here. Continue reading “Veil of Conspiracy – Echoes of Winter (Review)”

Fragment Soul – Axiom of Choice (Review)

Fragment Soul - Axiom of ChoiceFragment Soul are a Greek progressive doom band, and this is their debut album.

Axiom of Choice is a richly expressive work, which focuses on building atmosphere and emotion across four highly engaging songs, lasting 42 minutes in total. There’s no real heaviness or metal here, so don’t be misled by any of the genre tags or band references; this is slow, ethereal, gentle, and filled with feeling. It’s an album of depth and expansive ambience that, if you’re a fan of the style, should firmly root itself into your music collection. Continue reading “Fragment Soul – Axiom of Choice (Review)”