Thokkian Vortex – Thy Throne Is Mine (Review)

Thokkian Vortex - Thy Throne Is MineThokkian Vortex are a black metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Featuring an ex-member of Ancient, Thokkian Vortex deliver 45 minutes of second wave-inspired black metal. Continue reading

Fluisteraars – Bloem (Review)

Fluisteraars - BloemFluisteraars are a Black Metal band from the Netherlands and this is their third album.

2015’s Luwte was an engaging affair, full of icy atmospheric black metal delivered with character and much promise for the future. That future is apparently now. Continue reading

Mourir – Animal Bouffe Animal (Review)

Mourir - Animal Bouffe AnimalThis is the debut album from Mourir, a black metal band from France.

The music on Animal Bouffe Animal takes influence from the Scandinavian second wave, but then updates this with modern touches and uncomfortable dissonance, scathing sludge, and harrowing doom. The end result is 34 minutes of atmospheric rawness that combines old and new to produce something hideously enjoyable. Continue reading

Aethyrick – Gnosis (Review)

Aethyrick - GnosisThis is the second album from Finnish black metallers Aethyrick.

2018’s Praxis was an enjoyable slice of personable second wave darkness, bolstered by both personality and ability. It doesn’t seem like too long ago that it was released, so I was surprised to see a new album already. It seems the band are not content to rest on their laurels. Continue reading