Lunar Mantra – Genesis

This is a bleak, ominous black metal concoction by a band who seem to have an unusually strong sense of cohesion and identity at such a young stage in their career. A three-piece from Glasgow, Scotland, this is their very first release. Opening with haunting chanting, eerie percussion, the stage is set for a putrid

Deafheaven – ‘New Bermuda’

Deafheaven, on the off-chance you are not already aware, are an American metal band. Their 2013 breakout album ‘Sunbather’ won over fans and critics alike with it’s powerful blend of shoegaze, black metal, and post-rock. Deafheaven have always had their fair share of detractors, often focusing on their modern image and general lack of kvltness, but

Trivium – ‘Silence in the Snow’

Trivium have long been a pretty controversial band in the metal scene for a variety of reasons, ranging from their image to their early metalcore sound. Yet one could never accuse Trivium of playing it safe: on every consecutive album they’ve taken very different directions, dabbling in metalcore, thrash metal, progressive metal, heavy metal, and

Forndom – Flykt

I wanted to remind everyone of Forndom’s EP ‘Flykt’ and put together a few thoughts on it. Forndom draw particularly from Norse culture and folklore, nature, and Scandinavian history. What this results in is music that blends elements of dark ambient music with tribal, ritual, folk and neofolk music (and even a tiny dash of black metal) to

Cruciamentum – Charnel Passages

Cruciamentum are a UK-based death metal act who’ve been around the UK metal scene for a good while now, forming back in 2008 and sharing band-members with a number of bands over their lifespan, including Grave Miasma, Deströyer 666, Crom Dubh, and Sarpanitum. Despite this, their last release was the ‘Engulfed in Desolation’ EP back

Mgła – Exercises in Futility

Mgła (pronounced ‘mg-wah’) are a Polish black metal band that began back in 2000. Their very first release was as part of the legendary 2005 split/compilation album ‘Crushing the Holy Trinity’ alongside Deathspell Omega, Clandestine Blaze, and others. Since then Mgła have released a steady stream of EPs, splits and full-lengths, their last release being

the GazettE – DOGMA

In some ways I really don’t know what to make of DOGMA. There are moments and songs here of such undeniable quality that it’s difficult to believe that some of the other songs on this album were written by the same band. the GazettE are a Japanese ‘visual-kei’ band, veterans of that scene and one

Thy Art Is Murder – Hate

Albums like Holy War exist to push the limits of extremity. The album name, the album cover (a child with a bloodstained shirt and a bomb strapped to his chest), as well as a band logo with a  take-no-prisoners name and prominent pentagram should give you some idea of what Thy Art Is Murder are

Sorrow Plagues – An Eternity of Solitude

Much of black metal is a dreary, somber affair: dark, often self-destructive lyrical subjects and aggressive and often deliberately depressive music that doesn’t really leave much room for positivity; Not so with UK one-man black metal project Sorrow Plagues: like many recent atmospheric/post-black metal artists such as Deafheaven, Woods of Desolation, and others, Sorrow Plagues