Monthly Overview – the Best of March 2019

March proved to be this year’s strongest month for metal releases yet. I was hard-pressed to keep this list as short as it is, and any of the albums listed below are worthy of your attention. Continue reading

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At Dusk – Condemned (Review)

At Dusk - CondemnedAt Dusk is a one man US black metal band and this is his second album.

This one man black metal band, (a member of Nan Elmoth), has always been one I’ve enjoyed. Both 2014’s Anhedonia and 2017’s split with Sacerdos left me wanting more, which we now have in the shape of Condemned, (the title track of which is the same song that was on the split with Sacerdos). Continue reading

Lesions – Tired of Being Pushed Around and Told Just What to Do (Review)

LesionsLesions, (or xLesionsx), are a crust/hardcore/sludge band from the US and this is their debut EP.

Featuring members of At Dusk and Nan Elmoth, this is underground, ugly hardcore with crust and sludge elements. It’s 13 minutes of aggressive, belligerent music that hits the spot quite nicely. Continue reading

At Dusk – Anhedonia (Review)

At DuskAt Dusk is a one-man Black Metal project from the US. This is his début album.

The album starts with an extended section of winds and Classical piano. After this it’s onto the roiling Blackness of Depressive Black Metal in full, morbid flow.

This album features 4 epic-length tracks that are full of lo-fi Black Metal with enhanced keyboard backdrops and expressive downbeat riffing. The melodies are miserably grim and the general aura is one of misanthropic darkness.

Anhedonia’s recording is distinctly underground and this fits the uncompromisingly negative nature of the music well. Fuzziness, distortion and raw Black Metal are layered with Depressive zeal to create works of near-suicidal art.

These songs are like waves of gloom on a twilight sea, ebbing and flowing with capricious vigour.  They wear their bleak emotions on their sleeves and listening to At Dusk is like a constant barrage of negativity and woe. But in a good way.

Screams are buried under the blanketing cover of shadows and slash through into the light like serpentine predators.

At 1 hour in length this is a Blackened journey that leaves the listener raw, bruised and emotionally drained.

Listen to this at loud volume and with the lights turned off.