Anguis Dei – Angeist (Review)

Anguis Dei - AngeistThis is the debut album from Anguis Dei, a black metal band from Japan.

If you have a craving for old-school symphonic/orchestral black metal in the style of bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, and Cradle of Filth, then Angeist is one for you. Across 45 minutes Angus Dei transport Continue reading “Anguis Dei – Angeist (Review)”

Starer – 18° Below the Horizon (Review)

Starer - 18° Below the HorizonThis is the debut album from Starer, a one-man black metal band from the US.

Brought to us by a member of Bihargam, Starer is a different proposition from that band, and offers 45 minutes of modern darkness for the listener to become absorbed by. Continue reading “Starer – 18° Below the Horizon (Review)”

Aethyrick – Apotheosis (Review)

Aethyrick - ApotheosisThis is the third album from Finnish black metallers Aethyrick.

Well, I wasn’t expecting a new Aethyrick album so soon. Gnosis only came out less than a year ago, (Jan 24, 2020), and Apotheosis will come out on Jan 22, 2021 – it seems there’s been little rest for Aethyrick. Still, as a fan of the band’s work, (also check out 2018’s Praxis), I’m not complaining. Continue reading “Aethyrick – Apotheosis (Review)”

Bhleg – Ödhin (Review)

Bhleg - ÖdhinBhleg are a Swedish black metal band and this is their third album.

Having enjoyed 2014’s Draumr Ást and 2018’s Solarmegin, I knew that I had to check out Ödhin when it appeared. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, Bhleg’s music is a form of black metal that’s full of atmosphere and folk influences. Continue reading “Bhleg – Ödhin (Review)”

Obscurae – To Walk the Path of Sorrows (Review)

Obscurae - To Walk the Path of SorrowsObscurae are a black metal band from the US and this is their second album.

The style here is atmospheric black metal, with influence taken from the classic second wave era and enriched with traditional synth effects. Continue reading “Obscurae – To Walk the Path of Sorrows (Review)”

Varde – Fedraminne (Review)

Varde - FedraminneThis is the debut album from Varde, a Norwegian black metal band.

Fedraminne contains 59 minutes of black metal that mixes folk influences into an atmospheric journey. Continue reading “Varde – Fedraminne (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)”

Soulburn – Noa’s D’ark (Review)

Soulburn - Noa's D'arkThis is the fourth album from Soulburn, a black metal band from the Netherlands.

Following up from 2016’s Earthless Pagan Spirit, (via an EP I hadn’t heard, but is actually included here as bonus tracks), Noa’s D’ark is 47 minutes of music with snarling attitude and infectious guitars. Continue reading “Soulburn – Noa’s D’ark (Review)”

Antzaat – For You Men Who Gaze into the Sun (Review)

Antzaat - For You Men Who Gaze into the SunAntzaat are a Belgian black metal band and this is their debut album.

I derived a lot of enjoyment from 2017’s The Black Hand of the Father, which was a solid slice of second wave malice. We now turn to For You Men Who Gaze into the Sun, with its 45 minutes of distorted darkness. Continue reading “Antzaat – For You Men Who Gaze into the Sun (Review)”