Haze of Summer – Stuzha (Review)

Haze of Summer - StuzhaThis is the second album from Russian post-black metal band Haze of Summer.

I enjoyed 2017’s Znoi, and on the band’s new release we get a further 33 minutes of melodic post-black metal. The album follows on from Znoi, even down to the tracklisting, which picks up where the last one left off. Continue reading

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Fallujah – Undying Light (Review)

Fallujah - Undying LightThis is the fourth album from US progressive death metallers Fallujah.

I’ve been waiting for this one. Both 2014’s The Flesh Prevails and 2016’s Dreamless were superb albums, so the bar is set high for Undying Light. A change in singer and loss of a guitarist can potentially be a challenge for a band, but when I saw them live recently it sounded as if Fallujah’s new vocalist had easily made his mark. So now we have the new album in full, how does it all manifest? Continue reading

Drawn into Descent – The Endless Endeavour (Review)

Drawn into Descent - The Endless EndeavourDrawn into Descent are a black metal band from Belgium and this is their second album.

Drawn into Descent play atmospheric black metal with blackgaze, post-rock, and depressive black metal qualities. I first encountered the band on their 2015 self-titled debut, which was an album that grew into my thoughts over time, forcing me to return to it over and over again through the years. Continue reading

Møl – Jord (Review)

MølMøl are a post-black metal band from Denmark and this is their debut album.

This is 42 minutes of atmospheric and emotive blackgaze. Taking a base of sharp, modern black metal and incorporating into it an obvious love of shoegaze’s ethereal intensity, Jord is a double-edged sword, promising both salvation and damnation. Continue reading

Seventh Genocide – Toward Akina (Review)

Seventh GenocideSeventh Genocide are an Italian post-black metal band and this is their second album.

Now this is quite the ambitious and expansive work. 59 minutes of post-black metal, delivered with passion and no small amount of skill. Continue reading