Spectral Lore/Mare Cognitum – Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine – Split (Review)

Spectral Lore Mare Cognitum - Wanderers Astrology of the Nine - SplitSpectral Lore and Mare Cognitum are both one-man black metal bands, (from Greece and the US respectively), and this is their latest collaborative split.

No stranger to teaming up with each other, these two atmospheric black metal bands have created an epic project with Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine. Just under 2 hours in total duration, this monolithic release features four tracks from each band interspersed with each other, topped by a final two tracks that are collaborative, with both artists creating music together. Continue reading

Voidfire – Ogień Pustki (Review)

Voidfire - Ogień PustkiVoidfire are a black metal band from Poland and this is their debut album.

Voidfire play melodic black metal, doing so in an endearing and infectious way. This is music that has a heart of darkness, rather than a shiny, upbeat one. Some melodic metal is so smothered in ostentatious bright leads it can be off-putting, but Continue reading

Sons of a Wanted Man – Kenoma (Review)

Sons of a Wanted Man - KenomaSons of a Wanted Man are a post-black metal band from Belgium and this is their debut album.

Sons of a Wanted Man mix post-metal, shoegaze, and melancholic atmosphere into their blackened concoction, resulting in a multifaceted album that hits many highs across its 47-minute playing time. Continue reading

Carnifex – World War X (Review)

Carnifex - World War XThis is the seventh album from Carnifex, a US death metal band.

2016’s Slow Death was a real treat for fans of modern death metal, blending catchy songwriting with blackened melody and orchestration to produce a really enjoyable collection of songs. Although it contained elements of deathcore, as does this new one, Carnifex aren’t really a deathcore band these days – they’re far too melodic and have too much else going on, much to their credit. Continue reading

Haze of Summer – Stuzha (Review)

Haze of Summer - StuzhaThis is the second album from Russian post-black metal band Haze of Summer.

I enjoyed 2017’s Znoi, and on the band’s new release we get a further 33 minutes of melodic post-black metal. The album follows on from Znoi, even down to the tracklisting, which picks up where the last one left off. Continue reading

Misþyrming – Algleymi (Review)

Misþyrming - AlgleymiMisþyrming are a black metal band from Iceland and this is their second album.

Misþyrming are a band that made a huge splash in the black metal ocean when they released their debut album in 2015, but I confess I never got around to hearing it. As such, Algleymi is my first exposure to this much-vaunted band. After this, I will definitely be checking out their earlier work. Continue reading

Deathspell Omega – The Furnaces of Palingenesia (Review)

Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of PalingenesiaThis is the seventh album from french black metallers Deathspell Omega.

Deathspell Omega are well-known in black metal circles, and a new release is always somewhat of an event for people with a taste for high quality esoteric substance. Continue reading