Posted Jan. 20, 2020, 10:45 p.m.
Sundowning is a record of intrigue and mystery, not least because of the anonymous faces behind the band and this enigmatic twist has led to many ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2019, 10:07 p.m.
By now it’s clear that Blood Incantation are the death metal band of the future, a band willing to push the genre and do things ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2019, 12:38 a.m.
Time changes us all. As people we are bound to the rules of time and how it moves regardless of whether we want it to ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2019, 1:25 a.m.
Spirituality is one of the more personal topics that an artist can speak about within their music and it’s something that is coloured by experiences ... read more
Posted Oct. 7, 2019, 10:41 p.m.
Having a twenty-five year long career is an achievement in itself, yet crafting works that can stand as a whole and as a part of ... read more
Posted Sept. 23, 2019, 9:35 p.m.
There is something incredibly special about Cult of Luna - no other band can touch their ability to meld weight with melancholy or aggression with ... read more
Posted Sept. 17, 2019, 4:54 a.m.
The evolution of a band is something that most of us can comprehend through their musical output and live appearances and where most bands evolve ... read more
Posted Aug. 5, 2019, 2:01 p.m.
Aseethe’s sludgy doom as kept them a part of the underground for over a decade and for the Iowa-based trio, that scene is one that ... read more
Posted June 11, 2019, 1:51 a.m.
The passage of time signals many changes; life, death, birth – the cycle continues unabatingly, waiting for the next movement and giving no room for ... read more
Posted May 27, 2019, 8:57 p.m.
Mork encapsulate the sound of True Norwegian Black Metal from the opening strains of “Mørkeleggelse” to the closing punches of “Det Svarte Juv” and this ... read more
Posted April 15, 2019, 8:54 p.m.
Chicago’s Oozing Wound have been riding the thrash train since their inception in 2011, yet this trio are more than just that label, instead they ... read more
Posted March 25, 2019, 5:46 p.m.
China isn’t the first country you think of when it comes to rock music but over the last two decades, Wang Wen has been placing ... read more
Posted Feb. 18, 2019, 9:52 p.m.
Hexvessel’s pastoral folk has been gradually building momentum since their inception ten years ago and on All Tree, their fifth album, this forward motion comes ... read more
Posted Feb. 4, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Rome’s musical output has been incredibly prolific over the last decade and a half of the project’s existence. Releasing albums at the rate of practically ... read more
Posted Nov. 12, 2018, 8 p.m.
Where 2016's Marked for Death battled with Emma Ruth Rundle’s mortality and medical history, and allowed the artist to work through feelings of hopelessness and pain, On Dark ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2018, 9:15 p.m.
Boston’s Fórn have been making slow, emotional music that rips your heart to pieces since 2012 and in that time the band have progressed into ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2018, 9:34 p.m.
Goodbye, Cagoule World was a melancholy trip into the heart of someone who was trying to find their place in the world. On his previous record, ... read more
Posted July 30, 2018, 7:46 p.m.
Immortal’s career hasn't been the smoothest of rides their ninth full length comes after a protracted and tense battle with founding member Abbath, who finally ... read more
Posted July 9, 2018, 11:35 p.m.
Dinosaur Eyelids may have an bizarre moniker (where did they come up with it?) but their music is far from mysterious. Garage rock may have ... read more
Posted June 25, 2018, 9:12 p.m.
Concept albums are hardly a new thing but for French band Monolithe and their seventh record, the conceptual aspect has been taken to the next ... read more
Posted March 26, 2018, 9:57 p.m.
Following on from Zen Summer in 2015 and 2013s Comfort Songs, Cloud’s Plays With Fire moves Tyler Taormina’s sound firmly into the assured category. Where his debut was weighed down ... read more
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 Oct. 23, 2017, 9:18 p.m.
Beginning the dissection of a record is often the most difficult thing to do when it comes to writing a review. Knowing how to start, ... 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 21, 2017, 5:48 p.m.
After a promising start to a career that began in earnest with the release of debut A Spell for the Death of Man in 2008 ... 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 Sept. 26, 2016, 5:08 p.m.
thisquietarmy is an experimental project helmed by Eric Quach from Montreal. His catalogue is extensive (you could spend hours on bandcamp) gut each release has ... 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 July 21, 2015, 9:40 a.m.
Locrian’s approach to metal is to disassemble the core structures, push them further away from their crude beginnings and delve into building them back up ... 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 Oct. 13, 2014, 9:03 p.m.
Music is wonderful and is one of the few things that echoes across the world and can bring people together in unity. Of course, that’s ... 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 9, 2014, 8:20 p.m.
Omen Ex Simulacra is a difficult record - one that twists and forms new shapes as it progresses, one that falls into an unfathomable abyss and ... 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. 10, 2014, 8:56 p.m.
Having appeared on our Top 5 Modern Goth Records list for 2013, it seems only right that we talk a little bit as to how bloody good Climax is. ... 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, 9:54 p.m.
Ihsahn is one of the most immediately recognisable artists that Norway has produced and his work in legends Emperor and now as a solo act ... 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 Aug. 12, 2013, 10:42 p.m.
The Body are, for want of a better phrase, absolutely fucking bonkers. From the trippy All the Waters of the Earth Shall Turn to Blood to the ... 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 May 28, 2013, 5:39 p.m.
Starting life as a one-man instrumental outfit by M.Lehto in 2001, October Falls soon began to incorporate other members as well as a more metallic approach to ... 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 4, 2013, 11:43 p.m.
A lot has been said about Ancient VVisdom, not all of it positive, and for many just letting the music do the talking isn’t enough. Heck, ... 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 Dec. 31, 2012, 4:57 p.m.
Jerome Reuter is becoming ever more prolific in recent times and you may remember last year’s Die Æsthetik Der Herrschaftsfreiheit was a surprising addition to ... 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. 5, 2012, 1:01 p.m.
Southern Lord have been on a roll this year – Martyrdöd, Wolfbrigade, Eagle Twin and Acephalix to name but a few - and the fourth ... 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. 3, 2012, 1:32 p.m.
Sweden’s Katatonia have been a constant presence in the realm of blackened doom/death metal since the bands inception way back in the very early 90s, ... 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 July 30, 2012, 3:52 p.m.
Doom quartet Samothrace follow up 2008’s widely acclaimed Life’s Trade with the majestic and tragedy filled Reverence to Stone. Comprised of two tracks, “When We ... 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 4, 2012, 5 p.m.
Sweden’s Martyrdöd are whole heap of metallic vitriol interspersed with a frenetic melody and more spiky riffs than you can shake a stick at. Furious ... 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 23, 2012, 4 p.m.
*Reviewers disclaimer – This is the most Meshuggah I have ever heard, so here you get two viewpoints – a fan perspective and, well, mine. ... 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, 5:02 a.m.
Arkansas residents Pallbearer have been a band to watch out for ever since the release of a fantastic three track demo in 2010. Featuring two ... 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. 14, 2011, 2:44 p.m.
Brooklyn's Smother Party come armed with an intriguing name and an interesting sound. Apparently gaining the band name from an old English custom of literally ... 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 Aug. 29, 2011, 1:41 p.m.
I first heard about Oskoreien after acquiring a fantastic compilation album by the name of Der Wanderer über Dem Nebelmeer. The title is taken from ... 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 June 28, 2011, 1:17 a.m.
Ireland's Altar of Plagues play a style of black metal so atmospheric in nature, that you can't help but be completely taken in by the ... 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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