Foretoken – Ruin (Review)

Foretoken - RuinThis is the debut album from US black/death metal band Foretoken.

So, you fancy a good-sized chunk of Scandinavian death metal? That’s no problem, take your pick. What’s that? You also want a decent black metal influence to be felt? That’s easily done. Now you want a take on the style that’s highly melodic too? Sure, Continue reading

Mazikeen – The Solace of Death (Review)

Mazikeen - The Solace of DeathMazikeen are an Australian black metal band. This is their debut album.

There’s 78 minutes of material here, spread out over 12 tracks. The main album consists of the first eight songs, with the final four being bonus covers of Mayhem, Dissection, Dimmu Borgir, and Darkthrone songs. Continue reading

Magister Dixit – Their Blood, Their Sweat, Their Tears (Review)

Magister DixitMagister Dixit are a melodic black metal band from Canada and this is their sixth album.

Featuring members of Spirit of the Forest, Their Blood, Their Sweat, Their Tears contains 50 minutes of melodic/symphonic black metal, played with gusto and delivered with passion and a hunger for war. Continue reading

Agrona – Realm of the Fallen (Review)

AgronaAgrona are a UK black metal band and this is their debut album.

Containing 47 minutes of black metal that effectively combines both scathing brutality and grim atmosphere, this as a well-rounded and well-written album that demonstrates a talented and passionate band who are clearly doing what they love. Continue reading

Dimmu Borgir – Eonian (Review)

Dimmu BorgirDimmu Borgir are a symphonic black metal band from Norway and this is their ninth album, (unless you count the rerecorded version of Stormblåst).

So, Dimmu Borgir have returned, a band that will likely need little introduction. Is this a case of more of the same, or do they offer something a bit different on their latest album? The truth lies somewhere in between.

Although the classic building Continue reading

The Negative Bias/Golden Dawn – Split (Review)

The Negative Bias Golden DawnThis is a split between two Austrian black metal bands – The Negative Bias and Golden Dawn.

The release starts with The Temple of Cruel Empathy by The Negative Bias. This is a 12-minute foray into the atmospheric black metal cosmos. Continue reading

Metamorphosis – The Secret Art (Review)

MetamorphosisThis is the sixth album from German one man black metal band Metamorphosis.

Here we have 40 minutes of music that takes traditional satanic black metal and blends it with a decent helping of death metal muscle, doom metal melodic allure, thrash metal energy, and symphonic black metal grandeur. Continue reading

Profane Burial – The Rosewater Park Legend (Review)

Profane BurialProfane Burial are an orchestral/symphonic black metal band from Norway and this is their debut album.

There’s a lot of music out there in the world, and sometimes you have to decide just how you’re going to filter through it all and give something a listen. Sometimes this can be tricky work, but not in the case of Profane Burial. I knew I had to listen to this due to the presence of Continue reading