Vahrzaw – In the Shallows of a Starlit Lake (Review)

Vahrzaw - In the Shallows of a Starlit LakeVahrzaw are an Australian black metal band and this is their fifth album.

Having enjoyed 2014’s Twin Suns & Wolves’ Tongues, 2018’s Husk, and 2021’s The Trembling Voices of Conquered Men, I was always going to have to check out the new Vahrzaw album. Continue reading “Vahrzaw – In the Shallows of a Starlit Lake (Review)”

Chamber of Mirrors – Shadow Kingdom (Review)

Chamber of Mirrors - Shadow KingdomThis is the debut album from US one-man black metal act Chamber of Mirrors.

Delivering 35 minutes of underground black metal, Shadow Kingdom is a good showcase for what the artist behind Chamber of Mirrors is capable of. Continue reading “Chamber of Mirrors – Shadow Kingdom (Review)”

Givre – Destin Messianique (Review)

Givre - Destin MessianiqueThis is the third album from Canadian black metallers Givre.

Givre play atmospheric black metal and on Destin Messianique they provide 35 minutes of raw and underground black metal with an academic and historical theme. Continue reading “Givre – Destin Messianique (Review)”

Wampyric Rites – The Wolves Howl to the Moon (Review)

Wampyric Rites - The Wolves Howl to the MoonWampyric Rites are a black metal band from Ecuador and this is their second album.

The Wolves Howl to the Moon contains 35 minutes of raw, undergound, old-school black metal. There’s no messing around; Wampyric Rites mean business. Continue reading “Wampyric Rites – The Wolves Howl to the Moon (Review)”

Peurbleue – La Ciguë (Review)

Peurbleue - La CiguëThis is the debut album from French black metal band Peurbleue.

Peurbleue play a form of mood-rich, electronically enhanced black metal. La Ciguë is a 36-minute soundscape of dark atmosphere and mysterious textures. Continue reading “Peurbleue – La Ciguë (Review)”

Vong – A Wander in Liminality (Review)

Vong - A Wander in LiminalityVong is a one-man black metal band from Vietnam and this is his debut album.

Apparently a demo version of this was released in 2019, but this definitive version is a complete rerecording of the songs, with some rearranging going on too.

Vong’s music is an atavistic example of the core blackened Continue reading “Vong – A Wander in Liminality (Review)”

Hulder – The Eternal Fanfare (Review)

Hulder - The Eternal FanfareThis is the latest EP from Hulder, a one-woman black metal band from the US.

A 26-minute mini-album, The Eternal Fanfare has strong roots in the classic 90s era. It uses these influences well, but is not restricted by them. The artist behind the band clearly knows what she wants to achieve with her music, and uses influences Continue reading “Hulder – The Eternal Fanfare (Review)”

Esoctrilihum – Consecration of the Spiritüs Flesh (Review)

Esoctrilihum - Consecration of the Spiritüs FleshThis is the seventh album from French solo black metal act Esoctrilihum.

I enjoyed 2018’s Pandaemorthium (Forbidden Formulas to Awaken the Blind Sovereigns of Nothingness), and then enjoyed even more 2021’s Dy’th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath. Has this upward trajectory of enjoyment continued with Consecration of the Spiritüs Flesh? Continue reading “Esoctrilihum – Consecration of the Spiritüs Flesh (Review)”

Ad Noctem Funeriis – Abyss, Fire, Brimstones (Review)

Ad Noctem Funeriis - Abyss, Fire, BrimstonesThis is the third album from Italian black metallers Ad Noctem Funeriis.

Abyss, Fire, Brimstones contains 44 minutes of pure blackened aggression. Ad Noctem Funeriis play a stripped-back, focused version of black metal that derives its core from the dark heart of the second wave. Continue reading “Ad Noctem Funeriis – Abyss, Fire, Brimstones (Review)”