Bihargam – Ove Tenebrae (Review)

Bihargam - Ove TenebraeBihargam are a black metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Featuring members of the mighty Fornicus, and playing the sort of moreish melodic black metal that hits the spot nicely, enjoying Ove Tenebrae was pretty much a given. Continue reading “Bihargam – Ove Tenebrae (Review)”

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

Hræ – Þar Sem Skepnur Reika (Review)

Hræ - Þar Sem Skepnur ReikaHræ is a one-man Icelandic black metal band and this is his debut album.

Hræ’s brand of black metal is dark and menacing, with an experimental edge that reeks of dissonant malevolence. Continue reading “Hræ – Þar Sem Skepnur Reika (Review)”

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 “Ancient Gate – Empire Beyond Dusk (Review)”

Molog – Tri (Review)

Molog - TriMolog are an Australian black metal band and this is their debut album.

Tri offers a relatively brief hit of grim, underground blackness. The raw old-school approach of Molog is endearing and authentic, and has been captured effectively across these 33 minutes. Continue reading “Molog – Tri (Review)”

Asgrauw – IJsval (Review)

Asgrauw - IJsvalThis is the fourth album from Asgrauw, a black metal band from the Netherlands.

Previous full-length Gronspech was an enjoyable album that appealed to the old-school black metal fanbase, and new album IJsval continues in this same vein, with 38 minutes of biting blackened material. Continue reading “Asgrauw – IJsval (Review)”

Israthoum – Arrows from Below (Review)

Israthoum - Arrows from BelowThis is the fourth album from black metallers Israthoum, who are from the Netherlands, (although Portugal originally).

I enjoy Israthoum’s work, and urge you to also check out Black Poison and Shared Wounds, Antru Kald, and Channeling Death and Evil. This new album gives us 31 minutes of darkness, and finds Israthoum’s orthodox take on the style to still be hugely enjoyable. Continue reading “Israthoum – Arrows from Below (Review)”

Avslut – Tyranni (Review)

Avslut - TyranniThis is the second album from Swedish black metallers Avslut.

Hot on the heels of last year’s Deceptis now comes Tyranni, with 47 minutes of cold fury. This is black metal of the old-school Swedish variety; vicious and evil. Continue reading “Avslut – Tyranni (Review)”

Mara – RÖK (Review)

Mara - RÖKMara is a Swedish one man black metal band and this is his third album.

Sometimes you just need a hit of the black stuff, and RÖK offers 36 minutes of the darkness you need. Spread across 5 tracks, this is cold black metal played as if it was still the 90s. Continue reading “Mara – RÖK (Review)”