Monthly Overview – the Best of September 2022

September was a particularly difficult month to have to limit my choice of key metal albums to just five. As such, I’m going to skip over both An Abstract Illusion’s Woe and Gaerea’s Mirage; both are great records and are getting abundant, richly-deserved praise elsewhere, allowing me to focus on lesser-known releases. Even with this though, I still struggled with having to omit so many other worthy albums… Continue reading “Monthly Overview – the Best of September 2022”

Vessel of Iniquity – The Path Unseen (Review)

Vessel of Iniquity - The Path UnseenThis is the third album from Vessel of Iniquity, a black metal solo act from the UK.

Lasting a brief, yet scarring, 30 minutes, The Path Unseen is a horrific nightmarescape of industrial black metal, replete with harsh noise and terrifying atmosphere. Having enjoyed/weathered the artist’s 2021 split with Thecodontion, I was looking forward to hearing more and The Path Unseen has not disappointed. Continue reading “Vessel of Iniquity – The Path Unseen (Review)”

Spectrum Mortis – Bit Meseri – The Incantation (Review)

Spectrum Mortis - Bit Meseri -The IncantationThis is the debut album from Spanish black/death/doom metal band Spectrum Mortis.

Spectrum Mortis play occult death metal with lashings of blackened malevolence and an air of ritualistic doom. Across 39 minutes the band preach their foul hymns and conduct their hideous ceremonies, drawing you uncertainly into their esoteric world. Continue reading “Spectrum Mortis – Bit Meseri – The Incantation (Review)”

Standard Interrogation Techniques: Five Questions for Frayle (Interview)

Although I’d ideally love to be able to conduct hard-hitting, in-depth interviews, who has the time these days? In lieu of this, I’ve thrown together the below question template, hopefully to gather some interesting and informative results, without taking up too much of anyone’s time.

Introduce yourself – who are you and what do you do?

Hi, I’m Gwyn. I sing/whisper/yell in Frayle. Continue reading “Standard Interrogation Techniques: Five Questions for Frayle (Interview)”

Lord of Confusion – Evil Mystery (Review)

Lord of Confusion - Evil MysteryThis is the debut album from Lord of Confusion, a Portuguese doom metal band.

Evil Mystery contains 45 minutes of psychedelic doom, replete with macabre keyboards and funereal dirges aplenty. This is one for fans of Electric Wizard, Dead Witches, and Windhand. Continue reading “Lord of Confusion – Evil Mystery (Review)”

Gutvoid – Durance of Lightless Horizons (Review)

Gutvoid - Durance of Lightless HorizonsThis is the debut album from Canadian death metallers Gutvoid.

Featuring six tracks of monstrous death metal spread across 54 minutes, Gutvoid’s ambition is clear. Durance of Lightless Horizons is a grand slab of expressive extreme metal, and is definitely worth spending the time to explore. Let’s dig in. Continue reading “Gutvoid – Durance of Lightless Horizons (Review)”

Mortuous – Upon Desolation (Review)

Mortuous - Upon DesolationThis is the second album from US death metallers Mortuous.

Featuring current and ex-members of bands like Exhumed, Necrot, Rude, Swamp Witch, and VastumUpon Desolation contains 38 minutes of brutal doom-infected death metal carnage. Continue reading “Mortuous – Upon Desolation (Review)”

Phobophilic – Enveloping Absurdity (Review)

Phobophilic - Enveloping AbsurdityThis is the debut album from US death metallers Phobophilic.

Phobophilic combine the esoteric approach of Demilich, with the malevolent nature of Morbid Angel, and the crushing heaviness of Incantation. Fans of the output of bands such as Tomb Mold, Immolation, Worm, Ossuarium, Outer Heaven, and Blood Incantation need to pay attention to this. Continue reading “Phobophilic – Enveloping Absurdity (Review)”