Udånde – Life of a Purist (Review)

Udånde - Life of a PuristThis is the debut album from Udånde, a solo black metal band based in Slovakia, augmented by as session vocalist and drummer.

Now here’s an album to thoroughly scratch that modern black metal itch. Life of a Purist is atmospheric and melodic, without being entirely beholden to either Continue reading “Udånde – Life of a Purist (Review)”

Isolert – World in Ruins (Review)

Isolert - World in RuinsThis is the second album from Greek black metallers Isolert.

Isolert specialise in Scandinavian-style second wave black metal, and I like the way they play it. Thus far, 2015’s Isolated Soul, 2016’s No Hope, No Light…Only Death, and 2017’s Towards the Great Dissolution, (a split with Insanity Cult), all satisfied, and now the band are back Continue reading “Isolert – World in Ruins (Review)”

Sunnudagr – Le Silence (Review)

Sunnudagr - Le SilenceThis is the debut album from French black metallers Sunnudagr.

Le Silence features 36 minutes of Scandinavian-influenced black metal. It’s capably forged from a second wave base and then enhanced with a contemporary edge. Continue reading “Sunnudagr – Le Silence (Review)”

From the Vastland – Daevayasna (Review)

From the Vastland - DaevayasnaFrom the Vastland is a one man Iranian/Norwegian black metal band and this is his fifth album.

I enjoyed 2016’s Chamrosh, and Daevayasna provides us with another 47 minutes of classic black metal fury. The artist behind this project is rounded out by a full band for Daevayasna, boasting current and ex-members of Continue reading “From the Vastland – Daevayasna (Review)”

Nott – Vestigium Mortis (Review)

NottThis is the latest EP from Nott, an Italian one man black metal band.

Influenced by classic Scandinavian black metal, this EP contains 27 minutes of darkness and foul blackened venom. Continue reading “Nott – Vestigium Mortis (Review)”

Sykelig Englen – Hagall (Review)

Sykelig EnglenSykelig Englen is a black metal solo project from the UK and this is the artist’s second album.

Hagall features short slices of Scandinavian-influenced black metal. Bands such as Marduk, Mayhem, Shining, and Gorgoroth are probably pretty decent starting reference points, but don’t tell the whole story. If you throw in some depressive black metal alongside this, as well as some other, quirkier elements, then I suppose you’ve largely a got a good idea of what this sounds like. Continue reading “Sykelig Englen – Hagall (Review)”

Frostland – Winterkult (Review)

FrostlandFrostland are a black metal band from Germany and this is their debut album.

This is second wave-styled black metal, with a firm atmospheric black metal element; sort of a mix of the Scandinavian and US strains. Continue reading “Frostland – Winterkult (Review)”