Finland’s Aethyrick offers up a ritualistic atmospheric black metal outing on Gnosis (The Sinister Flame), their second full-length, that is such a balancing act between scorn and beauty that it can be best described as a punishment, not an album – albeit a welcome and enticing one.

In their impressive debut via Transcending Obscurity Records, the Portuguese atmospheric death/doom outfit OAK have shown their worth and then some. With twists and turns in sound all throughout the behemoth that is Lone, its intuitiveness is one of its most captivating features.