Tag Archives: Black Metal

Into Oblivion – Paragon (2018)

Into Oblivion – Paragon The death that lurks within is the war that sets you free – Beyond The Golden Throne Paolo Girardi’s depiction of a bustling portside city from Roman times, complete with Doric-Tuscan facades and triremes, instantly and … Continue reading

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Pseudogod – Deathwomb Catechesis (2012)

[Condemner main songwriter Paul Bacque has an alternate take on Pseudogod’s notorious debut full length ‘Deathwomb Catechesis’] There’s a certain class of album that has to appear simplistic and off the cuff, even if it really isn’t, in order to … Continue reading

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Summoning – With Doom We Come (2018)

Like certain multilayered pieces from Kansas‘ best work from the 70s, With Doom We Come is an album of many voices; as with all polyphonic music, the real test lies in isolating and evaluating the effectiveness of the individual voices, … Continue reading

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Two promising demos from 2017: Sickness (Finland) and Moenen of Xezbeth (Belgium)

    Extreme metal should have always remained lo-fi, a sentiment previously expressed and one to abide by. In a technologically advanced age, however, a tendency such as this could be construed as mere gimmick if the grime doesn’t in fact … Continue reading

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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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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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Uruk – Battle Hymns EP (2016)

Battle Hymns is a new black metal recording from the United States that creates a rich and swirling mood of epic conflict, without resorting to either overt dissonance or shapeless white noise. Progressive in both technique and internal song evolution, Uruk succeed … Continue reading

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Mysticum – Planet Satan (2014)

Humanity may be in equal parts both human and inhuman, but to be inhuman is in fact a part of being human. Nothing man does is outside of nature, as unnatural as his acts may seem to idealistic eyes. Good … Continue reading

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Extreme metal, old and new

Originally written for deathmetal.org A reader recently posted a comment asking my opinion on modern extreme metal bands like Teitanblood and Ascension. We often take it as an article of faith that modern metal is a fallen genre that parted … Continue reading

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