Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Review)

Iotunn - Access All WorldsIotunn are a progressive metal band from Denmark, and this is their debut album.

Full disclosure – when I saw that this band is fronted by the singer of Barren Earth and Hamferð, I got quite excited and it immediately made me hungry to listen to their album. The man has one of my favourite voices in metal, and on Access All Worlds, he puts it to damn fine use. Continue reading “Iotunn – Access All Worlds (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)”

Vyrion – Nil (Review)

Vyrion - NilThis is the third album from Australian progressive black metallers Vyrion.

Nil contains 48 minutes of highly compelling music. Venomous modern black metal is the order of business here, and business is booming it seems.  Vyrion’s blacked assault contains elements of rock, thrash, and Continue reading “Vyrion – Nil (Review)”

Infera Bruo – Rites of the Nameless (Review)

Infera Bruo - Rites of the NamelessThis is the fourth album from progressive black metal band Infera Bruo.

Here we have a modern progressive blend of black metal, played with furious passion and experienced skill. Infera Bruo know how to write this style, and Rites of the Nameless contains 41 minutes of thoroughly enjoyable music. Continue reading “Infera Bruo – Rites of the Nameless (Review)”

Lord Almighty – Wither (Review)

Lord Almighty - WitherThis is the second album from US black metal band Lord Almighty.

Lord Almighty play a modern brand of progressive black metal that incorporates elements of blackened thrash, sludge, crust, and rock into its vibrant embrace. The press blurb invokes bands such as Darkthrone, Kvelertak, Thin Lizzy, Mastodon, Continue reading “Lord Almighty – Wither (Review)”

Dysylumn – Cosmogonie (Review)

Dysylumn - CosmogonieThis is the third album form French black metallers Dysylumn.

If you find 81-minute albums intimidating, then look away now; Cosmogonie is exactly one such beast. This massive album is divided into three main parts, and then added to by an intro, interlude, and outro, ( all of which are dark ambient affairs). Each of the parts has its own feel and themes, and each is resplendent with quality of delivery and performance. Continue reading “Dysylumn – Cosmogonie (Review)”

Amiensus – Abreaction (Review)

Amiensus - AbreactionAmiensus are a progressive black metal band from the US, and this is their third album.

We last met Amiensus in 2017 with All Paths Lead to Death, which saw them in a more atavistic mood than debut album Restoration. Abreaction finds the band in a more expensive mood once more, while still retaining a core of blackened darkness and aggression. Continue reading “Amiensus – Abreaction (Review)”

Enslaved – Utgard (Review)

Enslaved - UtgardEnslaved are a Norwegian black metal band and this is their fifteenth album.

A new Enslaved release is a thing to be celebrated, and Utgard is no different in this regard. The follow up to 2017’s EUtgard is actually quite different in many other regards, however. Continue reading “Enslaved – Utgard (Review)”