Another year gone by, where does all the time go? Listening to metal I suppose, that’s where. Every year brings more metal delights, so I invite you to partake of 30 of my favourites from the rather metallically fertile 2019. Let me know which ones are your favourites to! Continue reading “Wonderbox Metal End of Year List – Best Metal of 2019”
Well, there were so many high quality albums that came out in April it was quite impressive. I had a shortlist of 20 that I wanted to highlight, but decided that 20 was a bit too excessive. So, after great pained deliberation, I give you the ten below… Continue reading “Monthly Overview – the Best of April 2019”
After 2013’s Ansia and 2017’s Hope, I’m a firm fan of what this band produce, and Dreams of Quiet Places is their latest masterpiece. I don’t use that word lightly either. Continue reading “Mord’A’Stigmata – Dreams of Quiet Places (Review)”
Polish black metallers Mord’A’Stigmata have recently unveiled their latest album Hope. This is an album that’s a layered, multifaceted release, demonstrating an involved and intricate black metal that’s the best work the band have done to date, in my humble opinion. Continue reading “Interview with Mord’A’Stigmata”
2013’s Ansia made a very good impression with its expansive take on the genre, while also incorporating post-metal and doom elements into its sound. Continue reading “Mord’A’Stigmata – Hope (Review)”
This album features long exploratory tracks that are based in Black Metal but have spread out like a ravenous plague to devour tasty chunks of Post-Metal and Doom.
The riffs and melodies are involving and well-considered, drawing the listener into a maze of blackened misanthropy and trapping them there forever to stare at a twisted reflection of a real world they will never inhabit again.
When the band are playing furious Black Metal they do it perfectly well, but when they are playing parts that are rooted around slower and more emotive riffs this is where they truly shine.
The more Post-Metal moments are studied examples of atmosphere and mood done right, and the blackened riffs are hypnotic and enticing.
The vocals are either Black Metal shrieks of the usual variety, or a more haunting, droning clean vocal that ramps up the atmospheric quotient when crooned over the expressive music.
The vocals and music combined make this a hugely impressive album with lots to like and lots of replay value.
This is an excellent release from a band that deserves a higher status than they currently have. If you like well-crafted and intelligent music with a cold, dark core then I defy you to not like this.