Isolert – World in Ruins (Review)

Isolert - World in RuinsThis is the second album from Greek black metallers Isolert.

Isolert specialise in Scandinavian-style second wave black metal, and I like the way they play it. Thus far, 2015’s Isolated Soul, 2016’s No Hope, No Light…Only Death, and 2017’s Towards the Great Dissolution, (a split with Insanity Cult), all satisfied, and now the band are back Continue reading

Darkenhöld – Arcanes & Sortilèges (Review)

Darkenhöld - Arcanes & SortilègesThis is the fifth album from French black metallers Darkenhöld.

We last caught up with Darkenhöld on 2014’s Castellum, although the band haven’t been doing nothing in the past six years; they’ve had an another album and a split release with Griffon since then. Darkenhöld specialise in old-school Continue reading

Antzaat – For You Men Who Gaze into the Sun (Review)

Antzaat - For You Men Who Gaze into the SunAntzaat are a Belgian black metal band and this is their debut album.

I derived a lot of enjoyment from 2017’s The Black Hand of the Father, which was a solid slice of second wave malice. We now turn to For You Men Who Gaze into the Sun, with its 45 minutes of distorted darkness. Continue reading

Griffon – ὸ θεός ὸ βασιλεύς (Review)

Griffon - ὸ θεός ὸ βασιλεύςThis is the second album from French black metallers Griffon.

Griffon give us a very agreeable and enjoyable take on medieval-influenced black metal. Across 40 minutes, ὸ θεός ὸ βασιλεύς, (or o Theos, o Basileus), proves to be aggressively melodic and energetic, but not without atmosphere or depth. Continue reading

Crépuscule d’Hiver – Par-Delà Noireglaces et Brumes-Sinistres (Review)

Crépuscule d'Hiver - Par-Delà Noireglaces et Brumes-SinistresThis is the debut album from French one-man black metal act Crépuscule d’Hiver.

Par-Delà Noireglaces et Brumes-Sinistres contains 69 minutes of music that combines atmospheric black metal with dungeon synth, creating an engaging journey into medieval times for the listener to become immersed in. Continue reading

Ancient Gate – Empire Beyond Dusk (Review)

Ancient Gate - Empire Beyond DuskAncient Gate are an Argentinian black metal band and this is their second album.

Now here’s an album that really reminds me of the 90s. Yep, this is raw, underground, second wave worship through-and-through, and if you’re a fan of the style that’s no bad thing. Continue reading