Jours Pâles – Éclosion (Review)

Jours Pâles - ÉclosionThis is the debut album from French post-black metallers Jours Pâles.

Jours Pâles have an interesting and in some ways non-standard sound. Not because they’re especially avant-garde or experimental, but because of the way that they combine a few different ingredients from different musical brews into something of their own making. Continue reading “Jours Pâles – Éclosion (Review)”

Blurr Thrower – Les Voûtes (Review)

Blurr Thrower - Les VoûtesThis is the debut album from French one-man black metal band Blurr Thrower.

I enjoyed 2018’s Les Avatars du Vide, so was already keen to check out Les Voûtes, but then when I saw that it boasted such a damn fine cover, I knew I had to. Disappointed, I have not been. Continue reading “Blurr Thrower – Les Voûtes (Review)”

Atra Vetosus – Even the Dawn No Longer Brings Hope (Review)

Atra Vetosus - Even the Dawn No Longer Brings HopeThis is the latest EP from Australian black metallers Atra Vetosus.

We haven’t heard from Atra Vetosus since 2018’s Apricity, so I’m happy to have a new release from them. On Even the Dawn No Longer Brings Hope the band mix elements of melodic, depressive, atmospheric, and post-black metal together into a very satisfying and well-crafted 23 minutes of material. Continue reading “Atra Vetosus – Even the Dawn No Longer Brings Hope (Review)”

Nordicwinter – Desolation (Review)

Nordicwinter - DesolationNordicwinter is a one-man Canadian black metal band, and this is his third album.

Containing 36 minutes of atmospheric black metal with a depressive-style edge, Desolation is an obscure underground gem, one which should be uncovered by as many people as possible. I’m a big fan of atmospheric black metal, and Desolation is a particularly good example of the art. Continue reading “Nordicwinter – Desolation (Review)”

Silver Knife – Unyielding/Unseeing (Review)

Silver Knife - Unyielding UnseeingSilver Knife are an international post-black metal band and this is their debut album.

Featuring members of bands such as Cult of Erinyes and Laster, Silver Knife have produced 42 minutes of harsh, mood-driven black metal. Continue reading “Silver Knife – Unyielding/Unseeing (Review)”

Nodus Tollens – Melancholic Waters Ablaze with the Fires of Loss (Review)

Nodus Tollens - Melancholic Waters Ablaze with the Fires of LossThis is the debut album from Nodus Tollens, a one-man black metal band from the US.

I was impressed with Nodus Tollens’ split with Crown of Asteria, so was looking forward to more material appearing from this artist. Across its 49 minutes, Melancholic Waters Ablaze with the Fires of Loss hasn’t disappointed. Continue reading “Nodus Tollens – Melancholic Waters Ablaze with the Fires of Loss (Review)”

Dismalimerence – Tome: 1 (Review)

Dismalimerence - Tome 1Dismalimerence are a black metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Tome: 1 contains 53 minutes of atmospheric/progressive black metal. Dismalimerence adopt a modern approach to their material. Wrapping an atmospheric emphasis around progressive flourishes, these eight tracks take in a variety of moods, paces, and feelings, resulting in tracks that are enjoyable and satisfying. Continue reading “Dismalimerence – Tome: 1 (Review)”

Afsky – Ofte Jeg Drømmer Mig Død (Review)

Afsky - Ofte Jeg Drømmer Mig DødAfsky is a one-man Danish black metal band and this is his second album.

Ofte Jeg Drømmer Mig Død is the follow up to the very enjoyable Sorg from 2018, and contains 46 minutes of new material. Mixing small parts of folk and doom into a traditional black metal approach, this is a melancholic and emotive take on the blackened style. Continue reading “Afsky – Ofte Jeg Drømmer Mig Død (Review)”

Crown of Asteria/Nodus Tollens – Split (Review)

Crown of Asteria Nodus Tollens - SplitCrown of Asteria is a one-woman black metal band from the US, and Nodus Tollens in a one-man black metal band, also from the US.

The split opens with the single 19-minute track Claw of the Firemaker by Crown of Asteria. The style is nature-influenced atmospheric black metal with elements of doom, folk, and ambient mixed in. It’s raw and unpolished, but this simply adds to the music’s charms. Continue reading “Crown of Asteria/Nodus Tollens – Split (Review)”

Ancient Hostility – Ancient Hostility (Review)

Ancient Hostility - Ancient HostilityAncient Hostility are a Ukrainian/US black metal band and this is their debut album.

This is, on the surface of things, a second wave black metal album, full of the sort of misanthropy and hatred that you’d expect for something like this. Scratch the surface, however, (and by this I mean actually listen to it), and you’ll also find a bit more than the norm here. Continue reading “Ancient Hostility – Ancient Hostility (Review)”