The self-titled debut from Final Light should really be celebrated for reminding us all of the importance of music, art and creativity in addressing the many wrongs of the world.
This is Dayv. He writes stuff and makes being an aging goth cool again. Actually, nobody can do the latter, so let’s just stick to him writing stuff. Predominantly about black metal, tattoos and other essential cultural necessities.
He also makes pretty pictures, but that’s just to pay the bills.
Agnes Vein’s ‘Deathcall’ is a rare breed, with cross-genre appeal for death, doom and black metal listeners in its sludge-fuelled songwriting.
‘The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain’ is the dingiest, most elaborate and most ambitious expression of darkness yet from Swedish stalwarts Watain.
In preparation for Carpenter Brut’s latest record, ‘Leather Terror,’ we have only one piece of advice: prepare a palm-sized, flat area of flesh to be assaulted, because this album slaps. Hard!
‘Fehunðyrdauðr,’ the sophomore full-length from Chilean black metal act Gryftigaen, is a strong demonstration of artistic growth and maturity.
The spirit of one-man-metal lives on in the form of ‘Tomb Emanations,’ the latest release from prolific Portuguese artist Black Cilice.
Old Castles deliver ‘Sarcophagical Lament of the Past’ via Inferna Profundus Records; raw black metal the way it should be – straight out of the early ’90s.
Vampirism, pretentiousness and grim black metal. Vampirska’s Apparitions Frozen in Chimera Twilight is a glorious combination of all three.
Suspend your assumptions, mute your preconceptions, and dive right into a tranquil, finger-snapping journey through Birmingham’s late-’60s jazz scene.
Drummer Ryan Parrish is the mastermind behind the collaborative exercise in organic mood that is Slow Burning Rage’s self-titled album (Pax Aeturnum).
I have been peripherally aware of the Dutch black metal duo Doodswens for some time. I even caught the…
Overall, ‘The Black Hours’ is an ambitious album and as a collective Dead Space Chamber Music has achieved something impressive – but it is definitely not for everybody’s tastes, especially not if you suffer from a short attention span.
What ‘Dark Ability,’ despite its name, entirely lacks is darkness; none of the gloom or serious emotion of Mariangela Demurtas’ prior offerings is a present force on the record
Anything as unashamedly New Orleans as The HooDoo Loungers deserves to be cherished. Paradiddle Records are onto a winner with So Beautiful because in dark days like these some uplifting New Orleans jazz is just the ticket.
It’s the overall sense of innocence on Keb’ Mo’s ‘Good To Be’ (Rounder Records) that will keep the album in circulation on our playlist: none of the deviance, violence or nihilism that typifies so much modern music is present – but also none of the canned, formulaic insipidity that summarizes Spotify’s top streamers.