Barren Altar – Entrenched in the Faults of the Earth (Review)

Barren AltarBarren Altar are a US blackened doom band and this is their debut album.

Well, this album just exudes apocalyptic vibes from every corrupted, malignant pore on its infected body. Sheesh. Better not get too close to this one. Continue reading

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Forest of Grey – Crypsis (Review)

Forest of GreyForest of Grey are a black metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Crypsis is a thoroughly engaging 30 minutes of atmospheric black metal, with a firm Cascadian influence. Divided into two lengthy tracks, the band have produced an album that’s both engaging and highly captivating. Continue reading

LaColpa – Mea Maxima Culpa (Review)

LaColpaThis is the debut album from Italian doom bandĀ LaColpa.

This is filthy blackened doom, added to with some violent noise and harsh sludge. There are only three tracks on this album, but they total almost 40 minutes, and it’s clear from the very start that the band aren’t messing around. Continue reading

Forgotten Tomb – We Owe You Nothing (Review)

Forgotten TombThis is the ninth album from Forgotten Tomb, an Italian black/doom/sludge metal band.

I do have a particular fondness for Forgotten Tomb. Over the years they have morphed from depressive black metal into some form of reeking, hideous piece of blackened sludge nastiness. They’ve reached the point now on We Owe You Nothing that they’ve just thrown everything that they like about darkness and hatred into 42 minutes of blackened sludge doom. Continue reading