Craven Idol – Forked Tongues (Review)

Craven Idol - Forked TonguesThis is the third album from UK black metallers Craven Idol.

It’s great to have some new material from Craven Idol. 2013’s Towards Eschaton and 2017’s The Shackles of Mammon were both records that I hugely enjoyed, and the 41 minutes of new material on Forked Tongues continues this trend nicely. Continue reading “Craven Idol – Forked Tongues (Review)”

Qrixkuor – Poison Palinopsia (Review)

Qrixkuor - Poison PalinopsiaThis is the debut album from Qrixkuor, a death metal band from the UK, (who also feature from New Zealand a member of Temple Nightside/Vassafor).

Although you can rightly call Poison Palinopsia death metal, Qrixkuor’s music is definitely not your average incarnation of that venerable style. For starters, Poison Palinopsia contains only two tracks, but each is 24 minutes in length. Apart from this, it’s the type of death metal that Qrixkuor play that’s bound to turn some heads. Or turn them inside out, at least. Continue reading “Qrixkuor – Poison Palinopsia (Review)”

Seputus – Phantom Indigo (Review)

Seputus - Phantom IndigoThis is the second album from US death metallers Seputus.

Here we have 48 minutes of psychedelic extreme metal. Combining elements of black metal, death metal, and grindcore into meaty, substantial tracks, this album is not your standard extreme metal album. Continue reading “Seputus – Phantom Indigo (Review)”

Klamm – Misanthropocene (Review)

Klamm - MisanthropoceneThis is the third album from black metal band Klamm.

Misanthropocene is an interesting and engaging album that offers the listener a modern and layered interpretation of black metal. The style is rooted in the atmospheric one, but also takes in elements of the melodic, avant-garde, and post-black Continue reading “Klamm – Misanthropocene (Review)”

Alluvial – Sarcoma (Review)

Alluvial - SarcomaThis is the second album from Alluvial, a modern death metal band from the US.

Sarcoma contains 38 minutes of progressive death metal. Alluvial fuse their modern approach to the style with technical, progressive, and atmospheric flourishes, yet do so in a restrained song-based way. This results in songs that are atypical expressions of Continue reading “Alluvial – Sarcoma (Review)”

Esoctrilihum – Dy’th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath (Review)

Esoctrilihum - Dy'th Requiem for the Serpent TelepathThis is the sixth album from French solo black metal act Esoctrilihum.

Dy’th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath offers up an individual take on extreme metal. It mixes a textured interpretation of black metal with elements of death and doom metal, to produce music that’s majestic, symphonic, eccentric, and steeped in rich atmosphere. It does this over a colossal 79 minutes, so prepare yourself for the long haul. Continue reading “Esoctrilihum – Dy’th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath (Review)”

Hadit – With Ardour and Joy Through the Incommensurable Path (Review)

Hadit - With Ardour and Joy Through the Incommensurable PathHadit are an Italian death metal band and this is their debut album.

Hadit play death metal that has both a malevolent blackened side and a secret doom heart.

Cold dissonance and grim Continue reading “Hadit – With Ardour and Joy Through the Incommensurable Path (Review)”

Akhenaten – The Emerald Tablets of Thoth (Review)

Akhenaten - The Emerald Tablets of ThothAkhenaten are a death metal band from the US and this is their fourth album.

Akhenaten play a hybrid style of black and death metal that’s been spiced up with Middle Eastern folk influences. The music brings to mind a cross between aspects of bands such as Nile, Melechesh, Arallu, Orphaned Land, Rudra, Septic Flesh, and the like. In other words, bands that use their extreme metal for more than simple brutality. Continue reading “Akhenaten – The Emerald Tablets of Thoth (Review)”

Spectral Lore – Ετερόφωτος (Review)

Spectral Lore - ΕτερόφωτοςSpectral Lore is a one-man Greek atmospheric black metal band, and this is his fifth album.

I was quite excited to see a new Spectral Lore release so soon after the masterful Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine – a colossal split with Mare Cognitum. This new album is pretty colossal too, containing a whopping 79 minutes of music, and it’s every bit as good as you think it is for the most part. Continue reading “Spectral Lore – Ετερόφωτος (Review)”