Saor – Origins (Review)

Saor - OriginsThis is the fifth album from UK one-man black metal band Saor.

Brought to us by the artist behind Fuath, (and also an ex-member of Falloch), Saor’s music is well-regarded, although this is my first encounter with it. My loss, it seems, as Origins offers up a very compelling 41 minutes of atmospheric black metal. Continue reading “Saor – Origins (Review)”

Amorphis – Halo (Review)

Amorphis - HaloThis is the fourteenth album from veteran Finnish metal band Amorphis.

Following on from 2018’s immense Queen of Time, Amorphis have returned to once again treat us with 56 minutes of splendid music.

Boasting big songs and bigger choruses, Amophis’ new album is Continue reading “Amorphis – Halo (Review)”

Wilderun – Epigone (Review)

Wilderun - EpigoneThis is the fourth album from Wilderun, a progressive metal band from the US.

Wilderun play progressive metal with elements of death and symphonic metal, and touches of folk. This simple description does little to fully describe how good Wilderun are at weaving these various influences together on Epigone. Continue reading “Wilderun – Epigone (Review)”

Windfaerer – Breaths of Elder Dawns (Review)

Windfaerer - Breaths of Elder DawnsWindfaerer are a black metal band from the US. This is their fourth album.

I enjoyed Windfaerer’s second album from 2105 Tenebrosum, but it’s taken me until now to catch up to the band again, so I missed its follow up. I was determined not to miss Breaths of Elder Dawns when I saw it appear though, and I’m very glad that I didn’t. Continue reading “Windfaerer – Breaths of Elder Dawns (Review)”

Corr Mhóna – Abhainn (Review)

Corr Mhóna - AbhainnThis is the second album from Irish black metal band Corr Mhóna.

Abhainn is a 56-minute progressive black metal album that also contains a healthy amount of doom and folk influences. It’s ambitious and bold, but also very striking and well-realised. The band have clearly put a lot into this work, and it shows; Abhainn is Continue reading “Corr Mhóna – Abhainn (Review)”

Sur Austru – Obârșie (Review)

Sur Austru - ObârșieSur Austru are an atmospheric black/folk metal band from Romania and this is their second album.

2019’s Meteahna Timpurilor was a very enjoyable collection of songs, so I knew I wanted to listen to Obârșie as soon as I could. The band feature ex-members of Negură Bunget, and a current member of Kultika. Continue reading “Sur Austru – Obârșie (Review)”

Foretoken – Ruin (Review)

Foretoken - RuinThis is the debut album from US black/death metal band Foretoken.

So, you fancy a good-sized chunk of Scandinavian death metal? That’s no problem, take your pick. What’s that? You also want a decent black metal influence to be felt? That’s easily done. Now you want a take on the style that’s highly melodic too? Sure, Continue reading “Foretoken – Ruin (Review)”

Havukruunu – Uinuos Syömein Sota (Review)

Havukruunu - Uinuos Syömein SotaThis is the third album from Havukruunu, a Finnish black metal band.

Uinuos Syömein Sota contains 47 minutes of black metal mixed with elements of heavy metal and folk. Viking/pagan/folk metal, or blackened heavy metal, or some such version of these words, are all appropriate tags, but Continue reading “Havukruunu – Uinuos Syömein Sota (Review)”

Sur Austru – Meteahna Timpurilor (Review)

Sur Austru - Meteahna TimpurilorSur Austru are an atmospheric black/folk metal band from Romania and this is their debut album.

Featuring ex-members of Negura Bunget, Sur Austru play a black/folk metal hybrid that has surprised me by how much I’ve enjoyed it. Continue reading “Sur Austru – Meteahna Timpurilor (Review)”