Monthly Overview – the Best of February 2021

As far as Februarys go, I found February 2021 to be quite exceptionally high in quality when it came to metal albums. Let’s dive in to some of the best from last month… Continue reading “Monthly Overview – the Best of February 2021”

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)”

Aylwin – The Arch Holder (Review)

Aylwin - The Arch HolderThis is the debut album from US black metallers Aylwin.

Here we have a single 30-minute track that’s a mix of atmospheric and post-black metal. The track is a nature-influenced apocalyptic soundscape that combines elements from the Cascadian style of black metal with mournful post-metallic aspects. Continue reading “Aylwin – The Arch Holder (Review)”

Spire – Temple of Khronos (Review)

Spire - Temple of KhronosThis is the second album from Australian black metal act Spire.

Temple of Khronos offers a dark mix of atmospheric, progressive, and psychedelic black metal. It’s as if the classic style that we know and love has been mutated and warped into something even darker and more malefic. Continue reading “Spire – Temple of Khronos (Review)”

Harakiri for the Sky – Mӕre (Review)

Harakiri for the Sky - MӕreThis is the fifth album from Austrian post-black metallers Harakiri for the Sky.

I always enjoy a new Harakiri for the Sky record. Both 2016’s III: Trauma and 2018’s Arson were first-rate albums from a first-rate band, and Mӕre is no different. Continue reading “Harakiri for the Sky – Mӕre (Review)”

Atra Vetosus – Even the Dawn No Longer Brings Hope (Review)

Atra Vetosus - Even the Dawn No Longer Brings HopeThis is the latest EP from Australian black metallers Atra Vetosus.

We haven’t heard from Atra Vetosus since 2018’s Apricity, so I’m happy to have a new release from them. On Even the Dawn No Longer Brings Hope the band mix elements of melodic, depressive, atmospheric, and post-black metal together into a very satisfying and well-crafted 23 minutes of material. Continue reading “Atra Vetosus – Even the Dawn No Longer Brings Hope (Review)”

Starer – 18° Below the Horizon (Review)

Starer - 18° Below the HorizonThis is the debut album from Starer, a one-man black metal band from the US.

Brought to us by a member of Bihargam, Starer is a different proposition from that band, and offers 45 minutes of modern darkness for the listener to become absorbed by. Continue reading “Starer – 18° Below the Horizon (Review)”