Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers (Review)

GaereaGaerea are a Portuguese black metal band and this is their debut album.

On Unsettling Whispers Gaerea have crafted 42 minutes of black metal that’s distinctly non-standard and in many ways is quite…unsettling. Continue reading

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Carcinoma/Abyssal – Apanthropinization – Split (Review)

Carcinoma AbyssalCarcinoma and Abyssal are both blackened death metal bands from the UK that have teamed up for this split.

Carcinoma open the split, with four tracks lasting 15 minutes in duration. Continue reading

Abduction – A l’Heure du Crépuscule (Review)

AbductionThis is the second album from French black metallers Abduction.

I liked Une Ombre Régit les Ombres a lot, so now that the band have returned with album number two, it’s time to get reacquainted with their characterful brand of black metal. Continue reading

Altar of Perversion – Intra Naos (Review)

Altar of PerversionAltar of Perversion are an Italian black metal band and this is their second album.

Sometimes I enjoy the challenge of getting to grips with something that’s absolutely immense in length and content. Intra Naos is exactly one such release. At 114 minutes in duration, it’s an ambitious release, and a potentially daunting proposition for even the hardened black metal fan. However, because the band producing this material have completely pulled it off, it can yield vast rewards for those willing and able to explore its many allures. Continue reading

Above Aurora – Path to Ruin (Review)

Above AuroraAbove Aurora are a Polish black metal band and this is their latest EP.

Above Aurora play black metal laced with venom and swirling with dark energies. This release contains three songs with a total duration of 17 minutes, and should appeal to those that like their black metal to have a nuanced, mid-paced approach to spreading darkness. Continue reading

Golgothan Remains – Perverse Offerings to the Void (Review)

Golgothan RemainsThis is the debut album from Golgothan Remains, an Australian death metal band.

Golgothan Remains manage to fuse old-school ancient death metal influences with a more modern streak of black/death dissonance. Thinking of a mix of Immolation, Incantation, Ulcerate, and Deathspell Omega wouldn’t be entirely inappropriate. Continue reading

Arkheth – 12 Winter Moons Comes the Witches Brew (Review)

ArkhethArkheth is an Australian one-man black metal band and this is his third album.

12 Winter Moons Comes the Witches Brew is an experimental black metal release that takes a multitude of styles and influences and boils them all together into 41 minutes of very enjoyable music. Continue reading

Neige Morte – TRINNNT (Review)

Neige MorteNeige Morte are a French post-black metal band and this is their third album.

2014’s Bicephaale stood out with its unusual delivery and incorporation of non-black metal sub-genres. As such, when TRINNNT was unleashed, I knew I had to expose myself to the ravages of the band’s virulent plagues once more. Continue reading