Duir – Obsidio (Review)

DuirDuir are an Italian folk/black metal band and this is their debut EP.

Here we have 31 minutes of music that’s largely rooted in black metal, but has a firm folk side to it. Continue reading

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Louise Lemón – Purge (Review)

Louise LemonLouise Lemón is a Swedish death gospel artist and this is her debut album.

Mixing folk, soul, Gothic, electronic, pop, and ambient into slow, meaningful songs, Purge contains 31 minutes of exquisite material. Pretty much every second of it is tinged with darkness and melancholy, which has all contributed towards the creation of a superlative collection of tracks. Continue reading

Afsky – Sorg (Review)

AfskyAfsky is a one man black metal band from Denmark and this is his debut album.

Although principally a solo act, the artist behind Afsky did bring in many session musicians for the creation of this album, (including Myrkur who brings not only her musical skills to the band, but also her always impressive vocals at the end of the last song). These help to flesh out the album fully, and add additional touches to the songs here and there. For example; Continue reading

LÜÜP – Canticles of the Holy Scythe (Review)

LÜÜPLÜÜP is a, (deep breath), Greek one man experimental avant-garde blackened classical band, (phew), and this is his third album.

Canticles of the Holy Scythe features 37 minutes of music that consists of a black metal undercoat, which has then been fully fleshed out and painted with colours from folk, progressive, avant-garde, ambient, and classical music. Continue reading

Starsoup – Castles of Sand (Review)

StarsoupThis is the second album from Russian progressive rock band Starsoup.

Starsoup’s 2013 debut album Bazaar of Wonders was a wonderfully diverse and eclectic collection of progressive rock/metal that has become a firm favourite of mine. As such, I was excited to see that they now have a brand new album out for me to enjoy and get to know. Continue reading

Impureza – La Caída de Tonatiuh (Review)

ImpurezaThis is the second album from French death metallers Impureza.

Impureza play death metal mixed with Iberian musical influences. This means we get acoustic and flamenco guitars, folk melodies, and Spanish lyrics, all combined with a brutal/technical death metal core. Also featuring some additional guests Continue reading