Category Archives: Black Metal

Do Skonu – Hell (2016)

What is it that one means when they use a geographical association to describe a piece of music? North American death metal and its subsets, Norwegian black metal as opposed to Finnish black metal, and then further beyond that ambit, … Continue reading

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Horn – Turm am Hang (2017)

At this point in time, Horn is an identity unto itself, heedless of whatever genre constraints one wants to impose on it. Unabashedly melodic but in all the right ways, unafraid to refer to styles on the peripheries of black … Continue reading

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Clandestine Blaze – City of Slaughter (2017)

Mikko Aspa’s Clandestine Blaze remains one of the more undersung projects in black metal. On initial listens little more than a homage to Darkthrone‘s trilogy of classics, there is a gravitas and a seriousness which emanates from all of this … Continue reading

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Horn – Feldpost (2015)

Feldpost is the continuation of Nerrath’s heroic and curiously old-world take on black metal. The general vibe of this project is far from the caustic variety, but one is also loath to peg it squarely under the flower-power brand of … Continue reading

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Urfaust – Empty Space Meditation (2016)

Empty Space Meditation is an album for the winter months. Each song here is a demonstration of a unique and not-always metal-related style of music. Equally at home among dark ambient, black metal, funeral doom’s homophonic dirge, gothic rock, and neoclassical … Continue reading

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Retrospective: Marduk’s Dark Endless is an underappreciated death metal classic

Like Darkthrone, Marduk started off as a death metal band, before switching styles to the infamous “norsecore” sound of the 90s. Unlike Soulside Journey, however, Dark Endless has never met real acclaim, but I believe the time has arrived to appreciate … Continue reading

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Ophidian Forest/Haeresiarchs Of Dis – Darkest Origins (2012)

Bandcamp This split collects unreleased songs from Ophidian Forest, and one-man American project Haeresiarchs Of Dis. A fine contrast of styles makes this one of the better black metal offerings of recent years. Ophidian Forest play nature-themed black metal that … Continue reading

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Cóndor – Sangreal (2016)

This Colombian band’s trajectory over three albums has seen them continuously filter out elements that may have been considered extraneous to their sprawling, ambitious vision. That vision is one quite palpably dripping with melodic information, where the idea of stasis … Continue reading

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Beithioch – Ghosts Of A World Long Forgotten (2016)

Ghosts Of A World Long Forgotten There are many noteworthy components to Beithioch‘s craft, one of which is reminiscent of the caustic technique used by Ildjarn on Strength And Anger, and Forest Poetry. Ildjarn‘s achievement, shunned by many because of its rudimentary … Continue reading

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Abhomine – Larvae Offal Swine (2016)

Abhomine is war metal in the sense of bands like Order From Chaos, Angelcorpse, and Rites Of Thy Degringolade. Greater angularity in song-writing, and more lateral and vertical activity, separate this strain of the style from the more popular names … Continue reading

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