Kjeld – Ôfstân (Review)

Kjeld - ÔfstânKjeld are a black metal band from the Netherlands and this is their second album.

Kjeld’s debut album Skym saw the light of day back in 2015, and apart from their split with Wederganger in 2016, (which was then rereleased as an EP in 2018), we’ve had nothing new from them since. So, when Ôfstân appeared on my radar, I knew Continue reading “Kjeld – Ôfstân (Review)”

Thronehammer – Incantation Rites (Review)

Thronehammer - Incantation RitesThronehammer are an international doom metal band and this is their second album.

This is a big album full of big songs. Across 75 minutes the band indulge their love for true doom metal, played with crushing heaviness and epic intensity. Featuring current and ex-members of bands such as Obelyskkh, Lucifer’s Chalice, Uncoffined, Winds of Genocide, and Continue reading “Thronehammer – Incantation Rites (Review)”

Inhuman – Inhuman (Review)

Inhuman - InhumanInhuman are a Belgian symphonic metal band and this is their debut album.

Inhuman mix together symphonic metal’s epic flamboyance with death metal’s bark and bite. The end result is an album that’s heavier and more aggressive than the norm for many bands who play in this arena, and all the better for it. Continue reading “Inhuman – Inhuman (Review)”

MNHG – Mundare (Review)

MNHG - MundareThis is the debut album from German black metallers MNHG.

I confess that anything with the black ‘n’ roll tag I usually let pass me by, but after a brief sampling of the material here I felt compelled to dive deeper, and here we are.

So, what did I find upon entering MNHG’s world? ALL OF THE RIFFS!!! Continue reading “MNHG – Mundare (Review)”

Culted – Nous (Review)

Culted - NousCulted are an international blackened doom band and this is their third album.

It has been many years since 2014’s Oblique to All Paths, although we were gifted with an EP in 2019 – Vespertina Synaxis – A Prayer for Union & EmptinessNous contains 64 minutes of new, apocalyptic material, which Continue reading “Culted – Nous (Review)”

Hænesy – Garabontzia (Review)

Hænesy - GarabontziaThis is the second album from Hungarian post-black metal band Hænesy.

Having followed Hænesy from their debut album Katruzsa in 2018 to their 2019 split with Moondweller, I was keen to hear some new material from the band. Enter Garabontzia, which contains 44 minutes of the stuff. Continue reading “Hænesy – Garabontzia (Review)”

Jours Pâles – Éclosion (Review)

Jours Pâles - ÉclosionThis is the debut album from French post-black metallers Jours Pâles.

Jours Pâles have an interesting and in some ways non-standard sound. Not because they’re especially avant-garde or experimental, but because of the way that they combine a few different ingredients from different musical brews into something of their own making. Continue reading “Jours Pâles – Éclosion (Review)”

Sunnata – Burning in Heaven, Melting on Earth (Review)

Sunnata - Burning in Heaven, Melting on EarthSunnata are a Polish doom metal band and this is their fourth album.

Sunnata play a form of doom metal that has ritualistic elements, manifesting in a tendency for repetition and hypnotic grooves. Despite this, the band know how to write a good tune, surprisingly so really; some of Continue reading “Sunnata – Burning in Heaven, Melting on Earth (Review)”

Ominous Ruin – Amidst Voices That Echo in Stone (Review)

Ominous Ruin - Amidst Voices That Echo in StoneThis is the debut album from Ominous Ruin, a death metal band from the US.

Featuring an ex-member of Inanimate Existence and session drums from the drummer of Fallujah, Amidst Voices That Echo in Stone contains 45 minutes of brutal technical death metal. Continue reading “Ominous Ruin – Amidst Voices That Echo in Stone (Review)”

Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Review)

Iotunn - Access All WorldsIotunn are a progressive metal band from Denmark, and this is their debut album.

Full disclosure – when I saw that this band is fronted by the singer of Barren Earth and Hamferð, I got quite excited and it immediately made me hungry to listen to their album. The man has one of my favourite voices in metal, and on Access All Worlds, he puts it to damn fine use. Continue reading “Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Review)”