Vihamieli – Kuolevain Veri Uinuu Ikuisuuteen (Review)

VihamieliVihamieli are a Finnish black metal band and this is their debut album.

Vihamieli play their black metal in the traditional, second wave way, full of blasphemous hatred and icy winds. Continue reading

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Råttkung – Unborn Undead (Review)

RattkungThis is the latest EP from one-man black metal band Råttkung, who hails from Denmark.

Råttkung’s debut EP Dark Is the Beginning was 17 minutes of raw, underground black metal that reached back to the early days of the second wave for inspiration.

In some ways this influence is continued on this latest short release, but we also see another side to Råttkung too. Here we get a mere three songs in 10 minutes, but what this EP lacks in length it makes up for in blackened malice and ambition. Continue reading

Insanity Cult – As My End Unfolds… (Review)

Insanity CultInsanity Cult are a black metal band from Greece and this is their debut album.

This is raw, underground black metal filled with negative energy. The album has a melancholic feel that spills over to full-blown depressive black metal on occasion, although they’re not fully embedded in this particular sub-genre.

Frosted black metal riffs rendered out of Continue reading

Nox Formulae – The Hidden Paths to Black Ecstasy (Review)

Nox FormulaeNox Formulae are a Greek black metal band and this is their debut album.

This is ritualistic/occult black metal that combines a raw delivery with elements of the avant-garde and atmospheric.

The band take the second-wave black metal template and mutate it into something a bit more atypical. Synths and dark Continue reading

Invehertex – Hacia el Vórtice (Review)

InvehertexInvehertex are a Chilean Black Metal band and this is their début album.

At 79 minutes in length, Invehertex don’t do things by halves it seems.

Alongside some ambient interludes, the band play raw, underground Black Metal that has a sprawling and ambitious attitude to blackened soundscapes.

Blasting, icy aggression is present and correct, alongside groovier riffs and atmospheric explorations; all wrapped in darkness and covered with malevolence.

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