Posted March 19, 2018, 6:04 p.m.
Summoning have been at the forefront of Tolkien inspired metal for the twenty five years they’ve been a band. Formed in Austria in 1993, the ... read more
Posted Feb. 19, 2018, 9:35 p.m.
Spain’s Balcanes tread a glorious path through noisy rock with a sound that is as filthy as it is consuming. Although minimally done, Balcanes still ... read more
Posted Feb. 5, 2018, 8:40 p.m.
There is no easy starting point with a record such as Ion. It’s an album that’s dense, almost to the point of being utterly impenetrable, with ... read more
Posted Jan. 29, 2018, 6:12 p.m.
Music with a message has long been a starting point for many bands but for Orphaned Land that message is of the most extreme importance. ... read more
Posted Jan. 2, 2018, 5:47 p.m.
Spending any length of time with Watain will convince you of at least one thing: this is a band who means it. For this Swedish ... read more
Posted Oct. 9, 2017, 8:47 p.m.
Sweden’s Monolord worship at the altar of the riff and on third effort Rust that riff comes downtuned, weighty and driven by bass. Vocals are hazy at ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2017, 5:33 p.m.
The Grave Pleasures story is one that began many moons ago in 2010; beginning life as Beastmilk and led by black metal legend Mat McNerney ... read more
Posted Aug. 14, 2017, 5:42 p.m.
Concept albums aren’t a new trick but for Poseidon and their epic, sludged-out doom, the concept forms more than one story and instead will be ... read more
Posted May 22, 2017, 6 p.m.
There’s no denying that Dimmu Borgir come from a solid black metal background but what these Norwegian’s have done in the (nearly) twenty five years ... read more
Posted March 27, 2017, 8:50 p.m.
Pallbearer’s evolution over the last seven or so years has been one that seems natural and organic, with each record building on what came before ... read more
Posted March 6, 2017, 6:24 p.m.
Belgium’s Emptiness have spent much of their career eschewing traditional approaches and with Not for Music they continue to imbue their singular take on black ... read more
Posted Feb. 6, 2017, 9:45 p.m.
AFI's trajectory over the last twenty and more years has been one that emulates growth and experimentation and the quartet that once sang about not ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
Darkthrone may have been around for nigh on thirty years, but it hasn’t stopped the Norwegian duo from consistently releasing music and constantly changing up ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2016, 5:17 p.m.
40 Watt Sun hold a special place in the hearts of those who have heard their music and been affected by the honesty within. 2011s ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2016, 8 p.m.
Kodama (loosely translating to “tree spirit” in Japanese) is a record that follows Alcest’s path of spirituality in music, and while Shelter (2014) was a ... read more
Posted July 11, 2016, 5:53 p.m.
Woman is the Earth aren’t a new prospect, but latest record Torch of Our Final Night is a massive step forward for them in sound ... read more
Posted June 20, 2016, 6:25 p.m.
Katatonia’s evolution over their twenty five year career has been one that’s taken in doom, death metal, gothic soundscapes and progressive beats, but more than ... read more
Posted June 6, 2016, 4:45 p.m.
The Uncanny Valley pulses in high concept waves and the mastermind behind it all, Perturbator (composer James Kent), creates visual magic with naught but a ... read more
Posted March 14, 2016, 8:25 a.m.
Värähtelijä marks Oranssi Pazuzu’s fourth foray into the outer reaches and the Finnish band pull no punches in creating a record that melds tripped out ... read more
Posted Oct. 5, 2015, 11:33 p.m.
Recording a live album isn’t a new concept, but for Skepticism, who don’t do anything by halves, recording their brand new album completely live, was ... read more
Posted July 13, 2015, 8:07 p.m.
Sick/Tired don’t mess about. They’re angry, and they want you to know about it and they do so via the medium of fast, raw grindcore. ... read more
Posted May 25, 2015, 5:31 p.m.
Frog’s second LP Kind of Blah is one that swings from highs to lows, from poppy pep to slowed down sadness and it encompasses every ... read more
Posted April 27, 2015, 8:17 a.m.
Modern death metal often suffers under the weight of trying to emulate old school heroes while not doing very much of interest at all, so ... read more
Posted Dec. 31, 2014, 9:40 a.m.
Oruga’s sludged out sound is deep, dirty and disgusting and the French quintet move through massive pits of despair to crawl through the filth and ... read more
Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 2:14 a.m.
Existence is a series of challenges – ones that force you to adapt, to change and to create sides of yourself that you show to ... read more
Posted Oct. 6, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
They say that good things come to those that wait and for City States and their main member Joel Ebner, it's certainly true. Ebner has ... read more
Posted Sept. 1, 2014, 10:50 p.m.
The incredible nature of The Great Old Ones majestic, sweeping and downright epic black metal was devastatingly apparent on their debut Al Azif - a ... read more
Posted July 8, 2014, 12:59 a.m.
The UK is a miserable place at times, more often than not in fact, and artists such as Benjamin Shaw fully embrace that misery and ... read more
Posted July 1, 2014, 1:15 a.m.
Good things come to those who wait. It's a cliché, yes, but for Clad in Darkness that old adage rings wholly true. Having formed at ... read more
Posted June 23, 2014, 10:22 p.m.
When a band or label is as difficult to track down as Olekranon or Inam Records, then you know you're in for an experience. The ... read more
Posted May 26, 2014, 5:57 p.m.
Portland, Oregon (and beyond) and Agalloch have long been held in high regard as being at the forefront of the much-loved Cascadian black metal movement. ... read more
Posted March 18, 2014, 1:14 a.m.
Anathema's live performance had always been something special and their latter day music is built for an arena such as the roman theatre of Philippopolis ... read more
Posted March 10, 2014, 7:49 p.m.
London’s Lvcifyre have been slowly, murkily climbing towards the top of the local death metal scene for a number of years now and while their ... read more
Posted March 3, 2014, 10:19 p.m.
Wild Beasts are a curious entity and their singular approach to “indie” is one that has seem them take on more electronic feel as their ... read more
Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 8:32 p.m.
Nebelung's gorgeous Palingenesis is born of melancholy and sadness and the themes of an approaching finality coupled with the knowledge of rebirth echoes throughout a work that ... read more
Posted Jan. 13, 2014, 8:47 p.m.
Bazooka hail from Greece and their tumultuous current situation has left its mark on the sound of this band. Lo-fi, double drumming, weirdo psych-outs – ... read more
Posted Jan. 6, 2014, 7:07 p.m.
Cloud’s Comfort Songs is a collection of downbeat, gloomy works that create an atmosphere of utter desolation while somehow lifting the emotional aspect of the pieces beyond ... read more
Posted Dec. 30, 2013, 7:01 p.m.
On first listen of The Ruins of Beverast new record Blood Vaults – The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer (Cryptae Sanguinum – Evangelium Flagrans Henrici Institoris) you ... read more
Posted Dec. 24, 2013, 9:34 a.m.
Year Of No Light’s emotive instrumental approach is one that embraces the deeper, heavier side of post/sludge/atmospheric music and the cavernous melodies that they dredge ... read more
Posted Dec. 16, 2013, 10:08 p.m.
Watain have been around for a long, long time but it’s only really recently that the band have broken out of the confines of the ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2013, 12:03 a.m.
Last year's self titled record from Pinkish Black was a distinctly (un)pleasant surprise from a duo that have been making music together for a substantial length of ... read more
Posted Nov. 19, 2013, 11:11 p.m.
As a zine built on the foundation of loving AFI, it would clearly be remiss not to talk about their new record. We try to ... read more
Posted Nov. 11, 2013, 7:19 p.m.
It turns out that in the time I decided to write about this record (approx one million months ago*) and actually writing about this record, ... read more
Posted Nov. 5, 2013, 10:03 p.m.
The history of A.M.S.G. (or Ad Majorem Satanae Gloriam, or For The Greater Glory Of Satan) is one that is filled with darkness and the ... read more
Posted Sept. 9, 2013, 11:02 p.m.
Litanies Of Abjection isn't your standard Caïna release. It isn't what you expect and it certainly isn't a black metal record. It's something new, different and ... read more
Posted July 23, 2013, 12:11 a.m.
Swedish black metal entity Arckanum - led by Shamaatae – have been a constant presence on the chaos-driven scene since the band’s early 90s inception ... read more
Posted July 1, 2013, 9:33 p.m.
Replacing a vocalist is always a huge ordeal and turning point for a band, particularly when needing to do to it for a third time ... read more
Posted July 1, 2013, 9:24 p.m.
Mothlite's Daniel O'Sullivan has spent his time away from his personal project collaborating with some of the world's most well known post-progressive acts. Ulver, Æthenor, ... read more
Posted June 24, 2013, 10:28 p.m.
A cold wave/goth group made up of members of dark, black, sludgy metal bands? Huh? Sounds wild right? But hey, don't knock 'til you've tried ... read more
Posted June 17, 2013, 7:39 p.m.
If there was ever an album to challenge Altar of Plagues recent Teethed Injury and Glory for most divisive black metal record of the year, then Deafheaven’s ... read more
Posted May 6, 2013, 11:51 p.m.
HIM have been kicking about on the rock ‘n’ roll scene for as long as most of their fans have been alive, a terrifying thought ... read more
Posted May 6, 2013, 11:26 p.m.
Often an album comes along that defies all genre constraints and challenges your own perception on life and reality. Sometimes that album makes you delve ... read more
Posted April 30, 2013, 12:42 a.m.
They say that imitation is the best form of flattery, and France’s Soror Dolorosa, in choosing to name their sophomore record after a Stranglers album (due to a badge ... read more
Posted April 22, 2013, 11:55 p.m.
Having began life as a one-man project borne from the mind of Chris Grigg, Woe’s motive was one of total aggression and pure hate and signified a ... read more
Posted March 19, 2013, 12:37 a.m.
Massed In Black Shadow is a fifty minute swirling vortex of harsh sound and painful noise imbued with a seething wretchedness that creeps and boils with ... read more
Posted Feb. 19, 2013, 12:52 a.m.
If you're going to name your band after a record by one of your genres chosen greats, then you better have the musical balls to ... read more
Posted Feb. 4, 2013, 11:50 p.m.
Like Ghosts is the debut from Bristol based Sonance, a band so disgustingly heavy that they are currently drowning the car alarm that's been going off in my ... read more
Posted Jan. 21, 2013, 10:31 p.m.
Nine Covens second release …On The Dawning of Light is a raging follow up to their debut that’s full of extremity and shades of melody ... read more
Posted Jan. 14, 2013, 5:21 p.m.
Pop-punk, Americana infused rock 'n' roll isn't really something I'd usually find myself listening to, but occasionally it's quite nice to break free of the ... read more
Posted Jan. 7, 2013, 4:40 p.m.
Year of the Goat haven’t had the best of starts in life – injury, great upheaval, internal friction and possibly more has meant that the ... read more
Posted Dec. 17, 2012, 5:11 p.m.
Whatever you may think about HIM – joke band, has-beens, rip-off merchants and so on and so on – it’s hard to deny the very ... read more
Posted Dec. 3, 2012, 6:49 p.m.
The inception of God Seed is a torturous tale and is one of many twists and turns and moments of vengeance. To understand the drive ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2012, 3:33 p.m.
The Germ project has been in some form or another for quite some time yet the first record (Wish) from this Tim Yatras production only ... read more
Posted Nov. 19, 2012, 5:39 p.m.
Anaal Nathrakh have always been on the very edge of extremity, teetering on the brink of absolute annihilation and destruction. Their sound is imbued with ... read more
Posted Nov. 12, 2012, 4:54 p.m.
The successor to Planks 2010 release, the warmly received The Darkest of Grays, is the destitute sounds of Funeral Mouth – a record which bridges ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2012, 1:53 p.m.
Honor Found in Decay has been a long, long time coming. Having not released a full length since 2007 and with many of the band’s ... read more
Posted Oct. 22, 2012, 11:34 a.m.
The news that Pig Destroyer were to release a new record this year was met with much celebration, a lot of shouting and a resounding ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2012, 1:44 p.m.
Following 2011s “precursor” style EP, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, Between the Buried and Me (hereafter known as BTBAM because it’s way easier to type) continue ... read more
Posted Sept. 26, 2012, 1 a.m.
Oh Behexen....what the hell (pun intended) happened? It was all going so well. My Soul for His Glory was a definite career high....those classic Finnish ... read more
Posted Sept. 17, 2012, 12:04 p.m.
Australia’s Lunaire first released a well-received demo in 2010 which was followed up by a lauded split with the American cross-coast project Airs. Now Lunaire ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2012, 1:29 p.m.
Approaching Swans, and in particular attempting to “review” a Swans record is much like approaching a rock face you know is almost unscaleable. There is ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2012, 1:12 p.m.
Releasing new material for the first time since 2009, Italian avant-garde/progressive/jazz/black metal group Ephel Duath cast aside their woes and channel their frustrations into On ... read more
Posted Aug. 20, 2012, 1:02 p.m.
Continuing where 2009s He Is Never Coming Back left off, Gaza move forward as a band whilst remaining true to their core values as a ... read more
Posted Aug. 20, 2012, 12:55 p.m.
Throatruiner Records have steadily increased their presence in the world of black/hardcore/completely mad music of late, and this little French label continually put out some ... read more
Posted Aug. 6, 2012, 5:38 p.m.
New Jersey quartet Evoken have consistently produced genre defining funeral doom throughout their twenty year career and Atra Mors is a grand and huge addition ... read more
Posted July 20, 2012, 5:03 p.m.
When a band decides (yes, the band, not you and your fanboy mates) to make a little change in their musical approach and try out ... read more
Posted July 3, 2012, 4:17 a.m.
Pushing the black metal blueprint ever further from its roots, San Franciscan four-piece Bosse-de-Nage deliver a record of complex intensity and distraught emotion with third ... read more
Posted June 25, 2012, 3:01 p.m.
German titans Ahab and their deep love affair with the sea began with 2005 demo The Oath and continued into their debut The Call of ... read more
Posted June 18, 2012, 3:24 p.m.
Norway’s Ihsahn (or Vegard Sverre Tveitan if we're being formal) has continued to produce some of the most exciting and progressive music since his days ... read more
Posted June 11, 2012, 9:53 p.m.
The prolific post-prison output of Burzum has verged on the slightly more experimental side of the black metal musical spectrum. Taking a more ambient turn ... read more
Posted May 29, 2012, 4:15 p.m.
Texan duo Pinkish Black employ synthesised loops of terrifying, droning pulses and a deliciously dangerous swagger filters through this debut. Daron Beck’s clouded voice dips ... read more
Posted May 21, 2012, 12:17 p.m.
North London four piece Fighting Kites started life in 2009, their brand of intimate instrumental rock immediately setting them apart from the arty crowd that ... read more
Posted May 7, 2012, 4:35 p.m.
Sweden’s Wolfbrigade have been around in one guise or another (formerly Wolfpack) since 1995 – the changing lineup finally unleashing a new full length with ... read more
Posted May 7, 2012, 12:42 p.m.
The Great Old Ones hail from Bordeaux, France, and fuse a deep love and interest in the H.P. Lovecraft universe with the extremity of blackened ... read more
Posted April 30, 2012, 11:59 a.m.
California’s High On Fire let loose an album of gargantuan proportions with De Vermis Mysteriis, the follow up to 2010’s massive Snakes For The Divine. ... read more
Posted April 23, 2012, 3:46 p.m.
Liverpool's Anathema are a curious entity. Starting life as a death-infused doom band full of intense lamentation and a deep-seated despair they struck a path ... read more
Posted April 16, 2012, 8:30 a.m.
Boston punk outfit Revilers have been kicking about on their local scene since 2008, and finally dropped debut album Revilers on Patac Records at the ... read more
Posted March 26, 2012, 2:09 p.m.
Brooklyn based drone purveyors Remnants four track cassette Suspension is a curious little release, building on a foundation of fuzzy electronic notes, and deep unnerving ... read more
Posted March 19, 2012, 5:13 p.m.
Sacramento three-piece Plague Widow came to form late last year, and have through some kind of sorcery already unleashed an uncompromising and punishing EP. Fifteen ... read more
Posted March 5, 2012, 1:29 p.m.
France's Les Discrets have been active for nigh on nine years, yet are only on the cusp of their second full length release. Driving force ... read more
Posted Feb. 27, 2012, 10:59 a.m.
Oakland's Ghoul are a mysterious bunch, going by pseudonyms, apparently hailing from Creepsylvania (a quick Google map check tells me this isn't actually a real ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2012, 11:28 a.m.
Australian extreme metal is one of wonder. Whether it's the heartbreaking sorrow of Austere and by extension Woods of Desolation, the war/black/thrash stylings of Deströyer ... read more
Posted Jan. 16, 2012, 11:51 a.m.
Extracting the finer points of black metal, hardcore and mad experimental sounds is hardly the newest trick in the book, but melding them together and ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2011, 2:24 p.m.
Die Æsthetik der Herrschaftsfreiheit. A three disc journey into the hearts and minds of the oppressed. An album that has become more relevant to the ... read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 7:46 a.m.
Philadelphia based one man band Lonesummer deal in black metal. Sorta. It's an interesting take on a genre which in recent years has become even ... read more
Posted Nov. 7, 2011, 12:33 p.m.
Gloomlights appears as a double disc spectacular. One hour forty-two minutes, and eighteen tracks of pure pop/shoegazey/synthy melancholia - each disc bringing a distinct taste ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2011, 8:29 p.m.
You know there are those moments in songs where everything is just so perfect that you don’t want it to end? You do? Fantastic. Light ... read more
Posted Sept. 26, 2011, 4:13 p.m.
Amebix have been away for twenty years plus, and if you're expecting Arise or Monolith v2.0 then look away now. Because Sonic Mass is so ... read more
Posted Sept. 19, 2011, 5:44 a.m.
Clinging To The Tress Of A Forest Fire (hereafter referred to as CTTTOAFF for ease) hail from Denver, Colorado and deal in heavy as hell ... read more
Posted Sept. 5, 2011, 3:05 a.m.
London's Palehorse, a band so loud that after seeing them live recently my ears would not stop ringing for approximately two days. Was it worth ... read more
Posted Aug. 9, 2011, 8:08 p.m.
Lake Of Blood hail from southern California, yet are producing the kind of metal you'd more than likely associate with a scene much further north ... read more
Posted Aug. 1, 2011, 4:40 a.m.
Much has been said about this project - spanning a vast ocean, two continents and many genres in between - so I don't feel the ... read more
Posted July 18, 2011, 1:48 a.m.
Hands That Pluck is uncompromising. The final album under the Caïna name for (one man) band leader Andy Curtis-Brignell is intense. Vocally, musically, and lyrically. ... read more
Posted July 11, 2011, 9:35 a.m.
You may think you know everything there is to know about Cannabis Corpse. Which is two things (maybe three if you're into Municipal Waste - ... read more
Posted July 11, 2011, 9:21 a.m.
40 Watt Sun were borne from the ashes of English band Warning, a band that ceased to exist after only two full length albums (albums ... read more
Posted May 30, 2011, 5:30 a.m.
Airs are a band based on both sides of America. One member being in California and the other in Florida, how they get anything done ... read more
Posted May 16, 2011, 6:18 a.m.
Müg are a pretty new band on the punk scene of London, yet they're already making waves and booking shows left, right and centre. Formed ... read more
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