Dismalimerence – Tome: 1 (Review)

Dismalimerence - Tome 1Dismalimerence are a black metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Tome: 1 contains 53 minutes of atmospheric/progressive black metal. Dismalimerence adopt a modern approach to their material. Wrapping an atmospheric emphasis around progressive flourishes, these eight tracks take in a variety of moods, paces, and feelings, resulting in tracks that are enjoyable and satisfying. Continue reading

Aversio Humanitatis – Behold the Silent Dwellers (Review)

Aversio Humanitatis - Behold the Silent DwellersThis is the second album from Spanish black metallers Aversio Humanitatis.

Aversio Humanitatis play a modern brand of black metal, replete with apocalyptic atmosphere and dark death metal elements. I suppose you could loosely describe this band as a cross between Behemoth, Schammasch, Blut Aus Nord, Continue reading

Mazikeen – The Solace of Death (Review)

Mazikeen - The Solace of DeathMazikeen are an Australian black metal band. This is their debut album.

There’s 78 minutes of material here, spread out over 12 tracks. The main album consists of the first eight songs, with the final four being bonus covers of Mayhem, Dissection, Dimmu Borgir, and Darkthrone songs. Continue reading

From the Vastland – The Haft Khan (Review)

From the Vastland - The Haft KhanFrom the Vastland is a one man Iranian/Norwegian black metal band and this is his sixth album.

We’re familiar with From the Vastland’s work – both 2016’s Chamrosh and 2018’s Daevayasna were enjoyable examples of classic blackened fury. The Haft Khan provides us with another seven songs in a similar vein; 46 minutes of new material to enjoy. Continue reading

Scáth Na Déithe – The Dirge of Endless Mourning (Review)

Scáth Na Déithe - The Dirge of Endless MourningThis is the second album from Scáth Na Déithe, an Irish black/death metal band.

The Dirge of Endless Mourning contains 44 minutes of atmospheric black metal mixed with malignant death metal. It’s spiritually comparable in scope and breadth to the Cascadian style, but filtered through Irish folklore and history and has a brutal edge that comes from the death metal influences. The result is an album that pulls strengths from 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

Regarde les Hommes Tomber – Ascension (Review)

Regarde les Hommes Tomber - AscensionThis is the third album from French post-black metallers Regarde les Hommes Tomber.

Regarde les Hommes Tomber play post-black metal that takes a forward-thinking approach to its content. Blending in elements of sludge and minor aspects of death metal, the band’s music is an atmospheric and modern take on blackened art. Continue reading

Mourir – Animal Bouffe Animal (Review)

Mourir - Animal Bouffe AnimalThis is the debut album from Mourir, a black metal band from France.

The music on Animal Bouffe Animal takes influence from the Scandinavian second wave, but then updates this with modern touches and uncomfortable dissonance, scathing sludge, and harrowing doom. The end result is 34 minutes of atmospheric rawness that combines old and new to produce something hideously enjoyable. Continue reading