Night Crowned – Hädanfärd (Review)

Night Crowned - HädanfärdThis is the second album from Swedish black metal band Night Crowned.

Featuring current and ex-members of bands such as Nightrage, The Unguided, Dark Funeral, and Imperium, Night Crowned play a melodic mix of black and death metal, (weighted towards the former), influenced by the 90s Scandinavian scene. Continue reading “Night Crowned – Hädanfärd (Review)”

Thy Darkened Shade/Amestigon/Inconcessus Lux Lucis/Shaarimoth – SamaeLilith: A Conjunction of the Fireborn – Split (Review)

Thy Darkened Shade Amestigon Inconcessus Lux Lucis Shaarimoth - SamaeLilith A Conjunction of the Fireborn - SplitThis is a gargantuan four-way split, consisting of 15 tracks across a total duration of 96 minutes. Continue reading “Thy Darkened Shade/Amestigon/Inconcessus Lux Lucis/Shaarimoth – SamaeLilith: A Conjunction of the Fireborn – Split (Review)”

Unflesh – Inhumation (Review)

Unflesh - InhumationUnflesh are a death metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Described in the promo blurb as blackened melodic death metal, and noted as for fans of Arsis, Dissection, Emperor, Necrophagist, Necrophobic, Naglfar, Tribulation, Obscura, and Revocation, I confess I was hooked; I had to check out Inhumation. Continue reading “Unflesh – Inhumation (Review)”

Anguis Dei – Angeist (Review)

Anguis Dei - AngeistThis is the debut album from Anguis Dei, a black metal band from Japan.

If you have a craving for old-school symphonic/orchestral black metal in the style of bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, and Cradle of Filth, then Angeist is one for you. Across 45 minutes Angus Dei transport Continue reading “Anguis Dei – Angeist (Review)”

Obscurae – To Walk the Path of Sorrows (Review)

Obscurae - To Walk the Path of SorrowsObscurae are a black metal band from the US and this is their second album.

The style here is atmospheric black metal, with influence taken from the classic second wave era and enriched with traditional synth effects. Continue reading “Obscurae – To Walk the Path of Sorrows (Review)”

Saarkoth – Cult of Nature (Review)

Saarkoth - Cult of NatureThis is the second album from UK black metal band Saarkoth.

Saarkoth’s Bandcamp page says that they are inspired by bands like Winterfylleth, Agalloch, and Emperor, and this serves as a good starting point for approaching Cult of Nature. However, although you can hear the influences and recognise the style, I’m pleased to say that Saarkoth have found their own voice within it. Continue reading “Saarkoth – Cult of Nature (Review)”

Ihsahn – Telemark (Review)

Ihsahn - TelemarkThis is the latest EP from Ihsahn, a legendary black, progressive, and experimental metal artist.

Containing 5 tracks, including two covers, (Iron Maiden and Lenny Kravitz), Ihsahn’s latest EP features 26 minutes showcasing the artist’s more aggressive side. Continue reading “Ihsahn – Telemark (Review)”

False – Portent (Review)

False - PortentThis is the second album from False, a black metal band from the US.

Portent contains 41 minutes of atmospheric, melodic black metal. Effortlessly combining USBM with the old-school Norwegian variety, False have crafted an album that moves beyond either individual style. Continue reading “False – Portent (Review)”

Aornos – The Great Scorn (Review)

AornosAornos is a one man black metal project from Hungary and this is his fourth album.

Rooted in traditional black metal, The Great Scorn is an atmospheric and raw rendition of cosmic black metal that also incorporates some elements of more modern styles in its blistering delivery. Continue reading “Aornos – The Great Scorn (Review)”

The Shiva Hypothesis – Ouroboros Stirs (Review)

The Shiva HypothesisThe Shiva Hypothesis are a black metal band from the Netherlands and this is their debut album.

The Shiva Hypothesis play music that mixes elements of black and death metal together into an atmospheric and obscure form of extreme metal. Continue reading “The Shiva Hypothesis – Ouroboros Stirs (Review)”