Tag Archives: Black Metal

Archgoat – The Apocalyptic Triumphator (2015)

Apocalyptic Triumphator is a very good album, a no-frills assault on the senses, but it is not a black metal album. There is no shame in conceding that the sound created by the old Norwegian bands, following on from Bathory‘s … Continue reading

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War metal is musically closer to grindcore than it is to metal

The defining characteristics of grindcore are: Emancipation from the structural rigidity of traditional metal. Where metal retains its compositional character, grindcore cares little for such considerations, and in fact pursues a ‘destructional’ agenda that seeks to boil music down to … Continue reading

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Inquisition – Obscure Verses For The Multiverse (2013)

Inquisition hit a low with their latest album after the stellar songwriting of Ominous Doctrines of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm. The widespread acclaim that album gained has unfortunately spurred the band on to introduce far more accessible, rock-like structures into … Continue reading

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Sammath – Godless Arrogance (2014)

Sammath sidestep the distracting glamours that have come to represent black metal in popular consciousness, instead staring down the listener with an unremittingly caustic visage and daring him to turn face. The process that started on Dodengang is now complete … Continue reading

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Changes In Mood: Peste Noire and Guns ‘N Roses

These two bands, poles apart in every respect imaginable, illustrate, through two specific songs and two different approaches, how changes in tone, texture and mood within the same piece can serve to elevate the merely good to the sublime. The … Continue reading

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In Black Metal: Beherit, Demoncy, and Profanatica

Beherit, Demoncy, and Profanatica have released some of the best black metal of the last ten years. Beherit‘s comeback Engram effortlessly slides back into a pre-full blown electronic frame of mind, doing an impressive balancing act between the band’s various … Continue reading

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