Skogen – Skuggorna Kallar (Review)

SkogenSkogen are a Swedish black metal band and this is their fifth album.

Skogen play a mix of black metal and folk, producing an atmospheric and charismatic take on the style. Continue reading

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Arallu – Desert Battles – Descending to the Sands (2018)(Review)

AralluArallu are a black metal band from Israel and this is a re-release of their fourth album.

Not familiar with Arallu? Make sure you definitely check out Geniewar and Six. You won’t be disappointed. Continue reading

Itnuveth – Tales and Legends of Wolves (Review)

ItnuvethItnuveth are a black metal band from Spain and this is their fourth album.

This is pagan black metal that takes elements of Viking and folk metal into its blackened embrace. Hearty and full of obvious passion, this is an enjoyable listen for anyone that likes underground black metal with a medieval flavour. Continue reading

Bhleg – Solarmegin (Review)

BhlegBhleg are a Swedish folk black metal band and this is their second album.

Roughly four years after Bhleg’s enjoyable debut album Draumr Ást appeared, the band have now returned with a colossal new album; Solarmegin is a 98-minute celebration of the sun. Yes, that’s right; this album is a big one. Continue reading

Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs (Review)

Orphaned LandOrphaned Land are a progressive folk metal band from Israel and this is their sixth album.

Orphaned Land play music that’s inspired and influenced by Middle Eastern melodies and ideas. These elements are skilfully woven into the band’s progressive metal in natural, effortless ways, resulting in characterful and Continue reading

Divine Element – Thaurachs of Borsu (Review)

Divine ElementDivine Element are an international black/death metal band. This is their second album.

This is quite a varied release that essentially boils down to about 40 minutes of epic extreme metal.

The music takes Continue reading

Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial (Review)

Falls of RaurosThis is the fourth album from Falls of Rauros, a black metal band from the US.

Falls of Rauros are a band that I know can always be relied upon to deliver. Across their various releases they have produced a wealth of atmospheric and engaging folk-influenced black metal that has never failed to impress and satisfy me. The same can be said of Vigilance Perennial in this regard too. Continue reading

Rudra – Enemy of Duality (Review)

RudraRudra are a blackened extreme metal band from Singapore. This is their eighth album.

Despite being around for a very long time at this point, and despite having first heard of them an almost equally long time ago, this is my first actual encounter with Rudra and their so-called Vedic metal. Continue reading