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)”

Yautja – The Lurch (Review)

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The Lurch is a 46-minute hybrid of ugly sludge metal, vicious grind, and filthy punk. With less grindcore on display than on their previous 2014 album Songs of Descent, The Lurch is still a gnashing, biting thing. This Continue reading “Yautja – The Lurch (Review)”

Awenden/Feminazgûl – Split (Review)

Awenden Feminazgul - SplitAwenden and Feminazgûl are both atmospheric black metal bands from the US, and they have teamed up for this split release; three songs, 30 minutes in total.

We start with a single track from Awenden, which is a solo act with guests, (vocals/flute). Continue reading “Awenden/Feminazgûl – Split (Review)”

Nemorous – Nemorous (Review)

Nemorous - NemorousNemorous are a UK black metal band and this is their debut EP.

Nemorous contains 36 minutes of music in the form of four original tracks, (three songs), and a cover of a In Gowan Ring song. Featuring current and ex-members of bands such as Wodensthrone, Ahamkara, Vacivus, and Axis of Perdition, you know that Nemerous are an experienced bunch before the record even starts. Continue reading “Nemorous – Nemorous (Review)”

Oriflamme – L’égide Ardente (Review)

Oriflamme - L'égide ArdenteThis is the debut album from Canadian black metal band Oriflamme.

Oriflamme’s black metal combines furious intensity with atmospheric appeal. When the band play fast they play with fire and vigour, but when they slow down is when the real dark magic happens. Continue reading “Oriflamme – L’égide Ardente (Review)”

The Ember, the Ash – Fixation (Review)

The Ember, the Ash - FixationThis is the second album from solo blackened metalcore act The Ember, the Ash.

Fixation is an interesting blend of symphonic black metal and breakdown-heavy metalcore. Only a few bands are playing around with blackened elements in metalcore, to varying degrees of success, so it’s always good to hear another such act throw their interpretation of this unusual subgenre into the ring. Continue reading “The Ember, the Ash – Fixation (Review)”

Olhava – Frozen Bloom (Review)

Olhava - Frozen BloomOlhava are a Russian black metal band and this is their fourth album.

Frozen Bloom is a 59-minute exploration of loss and mournful intensity. The band’s post-blackened brew is concocted from the bones of atmospheric black metal, blackgaze’s warmth of emotion, dark ambience, and synth-driven drone. Continue reading “Olhava – Frozen Bloom (Review)”

In Asymmetry – Ashes of Dead Worlds (Review)

In Asymmetry - Ashes of Dead WorldsIn Asymmetry are an international death metal band and this is their debut album.

Featuring current and ex-members of bands such as The Ritual Aura, Deeds of Flesh, Arsis, Eschaton, Pillory, Inanimate Existence, and The Kennedy Veil, Ashes of Dead Worlds contains a lot of experience packed tightly into its 34 minutes. Continue reading “In Asymmetry – Ashes of Dead Worlds (Review)”