Category Archives: Music Reviews

Spirituality in black metal and Highland’s Loyal to the Night Sky

D.A.R.G. left an interesting comment on a previous post which expressed my general ambivalence towards what passes for black metal today. According to him, “…what we want from black metal, is its capacity to transmit an experience of transformation, of … Continue reading

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Anal Blasphemy/Forbidden Eye – The Perverse Worship Of Satanic Sins (2014)

Distracting cover art notwithstanding, this split offers a potent blend of first and second wave black metal swimming in high gain. Eschewing modern fetishes for tinkering dissonance, both bands largely adhere to traditional black metal harmonies, with Anal Blasphemy coming … Continue reading

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Arghoslent, Incorrigible Bigotry, and racism in music

Arghoslent are an American band that gained a lot of notoriety for their lyrics describing vividly the trans-Atlantic slave trade, not from any neutral, strictly historical perspective but with a vested bias in white cultural supremacy and by conjunction the degenerative genetic … Continue reading

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Dead Congregation – Promulgation Of The Fall (2014)

For Dead Congregation to deny that they are influenced by Incantation in the way they punctuate phrases with harmonics would be disingenuous. For them to deny that Immolation play a role in the occasional groove that penetrates their music would be … Continue reading

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Why Iron Maiden are the greatest heavy metal band: Part 2

But Iron Maiden were not a dark band in the traditional sense of the word. Their classic albums boast of extremely memorable arena anthems and moody epics, and the sheer number of these would be enough to consider them among … Continue reading

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Why Iron Maiden are the greatest heavy metal band: Part I

Endurance is noble and consistency is laudable but real greatness is fleeting. Everyone acknowledges the mystique associated with bands that burst onto the scene with unspeakable talent only to implode for various reasons, to disappear forever, or worse, to stay … Continue reading

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Demonic Resurrection – The Demon King (2014)

Demonic Resurrection make extreme metal – if you choose to call it so – an acceptable, wholesome form of Sunday entertainment for the entire family. Slickly packaged and produced, and competently played, it is remarkable just how few buttons this … Continue reading

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Kryptos – Coils Of Apollyon (2012)

Coils Of Apollyon is perhaps the first Kryptos album to communicate an urgent need to thrill while maintaining a semi-balanced state of structure on a micro and a holistic album-wide scale. Gone is much of the meandering songwriting that plagued … Continue reading

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Ildjarn – Hardangervidda Part I (2002)

“Hardangervidda is a mountain plateau (“vidde” in Norwegian) in central southern Norway, covering parts of the counties of Buskerud, Hordaland and Telemark. It is the largest plateau of its kind in Europe, with a cold year-round alpine climate, and one … Continue reading

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Diocletian – Gesundrian (2014)

Much of the war metal of the last ten years has sacrificed musicality and memorability in its seemingly unappeasable quest for extremity. Diocletian‘s third album Gesundrian foams at the mouth with glee, making all the right sounds and gestures, but … Continue reading

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