Telemark (Candlelight Records) is Ihsahn’s personal love letter to his roots, geographically and musically: five tracks that blend black metal, avant-garde experimentalism, Norwegian folk melodies, and surprising cover versions in a Valentines Day EP like no other.
Noctem’s Art Gates Records– released The Black Consecration was a strong contender for 2019’s black metal album of the year, based on its return to basics and raw, unfiltered and uncompromising attitude. We asked frontman Beleth for his opinions on a number of related topics.
Wolves Among the Ashes (Century Media), the latest full-length from French extreme metal outfit Svart Crown is a nuanced exercise in balancing varied and often conflicting musical styles. We had a chat with founder JB le Bail about the album, the band’s influences and what to expect.
A mixed bag of metal styles, from thrash to black-n-roll, on the Nijmegen leg of Abbath’s Outstrider (Season of Mist) tour with 1349, Vltimas and Nuclear hit Doornroosje and it was awesome!
Napalm Death meets Anaal Nathrakh and Fukpig – three of Birmingham’s finest show they are Born to Murder The World.
Uniform and The Body’s Sacred Bones collaboration, Mental Wounds Not Healing, includes stomping post-punk riffs, harsh noise walls, static-drenched doom crawls, damage rave rhythms, and a hell of a lot of hurt.
For those of us who have spent many years worshipping at the bloodstained altar of Blasphemy, these two records via Nuclear War Now! deserve a place in our collection, serving as demonstrations of just how unrestrained and devastating the band are in a live environment.
Ihsahn’s newest release, Ámr, continues his musical journey, delving into rock, electronica, new wave and synthpop influences, resulting in something far transcending mere guitar-driven metal. An engaging, provocative listening experience.
We can say with certainty that Ommadon understand the true meaning of heavy music, and demonstrate it on End Times. The finest drone-doom awaits.
Noise metal legends Will Haven breathe entirely new life into their sound with sixth full-length album Muerte.
Exhumed stopped at Joe’s Grotto in Phoenix, AZ and set off the fire alarm no less than eleven times. Opening the show was Phobia and Incantation.
Japanese band Endon, who are just starting to make a name for themselves in North America, have released a stream for their entire new album Through The Mirror.
Dillinger Escape Plan are bowing out with Dissociation, the final chapter of a twenty year career and one that brings their genre-fucking back catalogue to a natural conclusion. Read our review here…
Canadian deathcore genre definers Despised Icon are back with a new album but is it as Beastly as the title hints? Read our review to see what we think…