Grafvitnir – Keys to the Mysteries Beyond (Review)

GrafvitnirThis is the fifth album from Swedish black metallers Grafvitnir.

It seems like only yesterday that Grafvitnir were slicing us up with the sharp, cold black metal of Obeisance to a Witch Moon, and in truth it’s been almost a full year to the day between release dates. Clearly Grafvitnir are not interested in resting on their laurels. Continue reading

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Tyakrah – Wintergedanken (Review)

TyakrahTyakrah are a German black metal band and this is their debut album.

Tyakrah offer up 37 minutes of black metal. Their musical vision is raw and harsh, but not without its atmospheric moments. Melodic and depressive aspects of the blackened style can be heard in this epic music too.  Continue reading

Insanity Cult/Isolert – Towards the Great Dissolution – Split (Review)

Insanity Cult IsolertThis is a split between Greek black metallers Insanity Cult and Isolert.

Starting off with Insanity Cult – who we know from 2015’s As My End Unfolds… – the split gets off to a strong start with Thorns of Solitude, which is five minutes of raw, traditional, second wave-influenced black metal. Continue reading

Cryostasium – Starbound (Review)

CryostasiumThis is the latest EP from US one man black metal band Cryostasium.

This is black metal that mixes raw, depressive, and psychedelic elements, with ambient, experimental, and atmospheric moments. The end result is this 26 minute EP, which is engaging and highly immersive. Continue reading