71TONMAN – War Is Peace // Peace Is Slavery (Review)

71tonman - War Is Peace Peace Is SlaveryThis is the latest EP from Polish doom/sludge metallers 71TONMAN.

After enjoying 2013’s self-titled debut, and 2017’s much darker Earthwreck, I’m always interested in revisting the apocalyptic shores of 71TONMAN. Continue reading “71TONMAN – War Is Peace // Peace Is Slavery (Review)”

Cult of Occult – Ruin (Review)

Cult of Occult - RuinThis is the latest EP from French sludge doom band Cult of Occult.

Ruin contains a single 22-minute eponymous track; a nightmarish monster of prodigious proportions. Not only that, but there’s also a bonus track in the form of a remix of the title track, which itself lasts 19 minutes. Overall, this release boasts 41 minutes of anguished blackened sludge doom. It’s nasty, but it’s also damn good. Continue reading “Cult of Occult – Ruin (Review)”

Shaidar Logoth – Chapter III: The Void God (Review)

Shaidar Logoth - Chapter III The Void GodThis is the third album from Shaidar Logoth, a black metal band from the US.

Here we have 48 minutes of atmospheric black metal, a mixture of the beautiful and the harsh. Although you may think that these two things oppose each other, Shaidar Logoth ably show that this does not have to be the case. Parts of Continue reading “Shaidar Logoth – Chapter III: The Void God (Review)”

Dysylumn – Cosmogonie (Review)

Dysylumn - CosmogonieThis is the third album form French black metallers Dysylumn.

If you find 81-minute albums intimidating, then look away now; Cosmogonie is exactly one such beast. This massive album is divided into three main parts, and then added to by an intro, interlude, and outro, ( all of which are dark ambient affairs). Each of the parts has its own feel and themes, and each is resplendent with quality of delivery and performance. Continue reading “Dysylumn – Cosmogonie (Review)”

Atramentus – Stygian (Review)

Atramentus - StygianThis is the debut album from Atramentus, a doom metal band from Canada.

Stygian is a monster of dark funeral doom. Three tracks sprawl out over 45 minutes, promising nothing but glacial moods and barren hopelessness, and delivering. There are two colossal songs that bookend a shorter ambient piece. Continue reading “Atramentus – Stygian (Review)”

Descend into Despair – Opium (Review)

Descend into Despair - OpiumDescend into Despair are a Romanian doom metal band, and this is their third album.

I like Descend into Despair very much. Both 2014’s The Bearer of All Storms and 2017’s Synaptic Veil scratched that funeral doom itch quite nicely. Continue reading “Descend into Despair – Opium (Review)”

Abhasa – १ (Review)

Abhasa - १Abhasa are a atmospheric black metal/dark ambient band from the US, and this is their debut album. It’s actually a remastered version of the original album that came out last year, (which I haven’t heard).

Abhasa’s mysterious and esoteric blend of post-black metal, sludge, and dark ambient is a ritualistic journey into bleak atmosphere. This is 50 minutes of dark mood music, combining blackened soundscapes with minimal ambience. Continue reading “Abhasa – १ (Review)”

Golden Light – Sacred Colour of the Source of Light (Review)

Golden Light - Sacred Colour of the Source of LightThis is the debut album from Golden Light, a black metal band from the US.

Although a new project, featuring the artists behind bands such as Njiqahdda and Crown of Asteria, this is black metal delivered by people that know what they’re doing. Continue reading “Golden Light – Sacred Colour of the Source of Light (Review)”

Kassad – London Orbital (Review)

Kassad - London OrbitalThis is the second album from UK post-black metallers Kassad.

Following on from 2017’s Turn Faces Away, Kassad now provide us with London Orbital, a dystopian concept album that’s modern and crushing in its bleak portrayal of near-future existence. Continue reading “Kassad – London Orbital (Review)”

Aludra – Mass Stellar Graves (Review)

Aludra - Mass Stellar GravesThis is the second album from Aludra, a black metal band from the US.

This is cosmic-themed black metal, raw and hostile. The album features the vocalist of Ancient Hostility, and her piercing shrieks ring out from the music in streaks of colourless power. Her performance is enjoyable and forceful, providing the songs Continue reading “Aludra – Mass Stellar Graves (Review)”