Fin – Arrows of a Dying Age (Review)

FinThis is US black metal band Fin’s fourth album.

Fin specialise in raw, underground second-wave black metal that’s not without its moments of light. Continue reading “Fin – Arrows of a Dying Age (Review)”

Temple of Nihil – Soul Extremist (Review)

Temple of NihilTemple of Nihil are a black metal band from Russia and this is their debut EP.

Temple of Nihil specialise in occult black metal with a tasty guitar tone and a daemonic persona. Continue reading “Temple of Nihil – Soul Extremist (Review)”

Mordant – Demonic Satanic (Review)

MordantThis is the third album from Swedish black/death metallers Mordant.

Mordant play a hybrid black/death style that takes influence from the Swedish melodic scene. Continue reading “Mordant – Demonic Satanic (Review)”

Athos – Noht Lerapot (Review)

AthosAthos is a one-man Greek black metal band and this is his fourth album.

Here we have almost 40 minutes of authentic second wave black metal for your delectation.

Scathing blackened melodies slice like razor blades through the frosted Continue reading “Athos – Noht Lerapot (Review)”

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 “Råttkung – Unborn Undead (Review)”

Grafvitnir – Obeisance to a Witch Moon (Review)

GrafvitnirThis is the fourth album by Swedish black metal band Grafvitnir.

Influenced by the second wave of black metal, Grafvitnir take the traditional template and for 39 minutes bend this to their will, providing the listener with sophisticated brutality and thoughtful harshness. Continue reading “Grafvitnir – Obeisance to a Witch Moon (Review)”

Gravespawn – Inexorable Grimness (Review)

GravespawnThis is the latest EP from Gravespawn, a black metal band from the US.

This is cold, malignant black metal that draws influence from the second wave era and successfully and authentically produces five songs of enjoyably grim orthodoxy.

As a side note – it’s worth mentioning, I suppose, that at 33 minutes in length this EP is actually longer than some albums. Continue reading “Gravespawn – Inexorable Grimness (Review)”

Void Ritual – Holodomor (Review)

Void RitualVoid Ritual is a one-man project out of New Mexico.

This is brutal Black Metal with a harsh vibe running throughout. The songs are ugly, dense and crawling with filth and hatred.

Blastbeats charge and guitars hack and bleed Black blood. Based on the concept of starvation and horror the music is suitably uncaring and swift to move on.

I love the guitars; not only is the sound really good, (in general as well as specifically the six-strings), but the Blackened moods created are expansive and corrupting whilst the melodies employed are subtly invasive and work their way slowly into your brain.

Passionate screams overlay the grim guitars and the singer has a great rasp. He’s capable of unleashing both high-pitched venom and deeper, powerful growls. Both work with the riffs for maximum effect to create a cohesive attack.

This is straight-for-the-throat second-wave Black Metal that’s fiercely impressive and talented.

Highly recommended.