If Norway was the epicentre of the second wave of black metal in the first half of the 1990s,…
Take cover because there’s a mountain of awesome ready to boil over and spew lava everywhere. That’s right, Icelandic…
Icelandic duo Hugar recently debuted the final quarter of a stunning audio-visual journey focused on four tracks – “Saga,”…
Sinmara’s latest release via Ván Records, Hvisl Stjarnanna, is equally gloomy and nihilistic in temperament to 2014’s Aphotic Womb, although its composition and arrangement are far more sequentially structured, with lower tempos and more focus on mood.
Valtakunta (out now via Signal Rex), the latest album by Finland’s Se Lusiferin Kannel, is a chilling, exploratory hour-and-change of seriously dark long-form ambient black metal.
Revelations of the Red Sword is a deeply esoteric album, blessed with a huge presence and a constantly shifting undercurrent of unapologetic misanthropy. But it’s also a more refined expression than 2012’s Flesh Cathedral and a triumph for Iceland’s Svartidauði.
Söngurinn sem ómar á milli stjarnanna is a masterpiece of chaotic, apocalyptic, and esoteric black metal from Carpe Noctem. Stream it now, with an official lyrics translation provided by the band.
Wolfheart have unveiled the results of their long journey into the ice and snow of Iceland’s glaciers to record the official music video for “Breakwaters”. Check it out here.
Blurring sensuality and surrealism, Kontinuum’s new album, No Need to Reason, out via Season of Mist, creates a warm, inviting atmosphere that belies its post-metal foundations.
Icelandic solo project Ljáin delivers a harrowing, lo-fi explorations of abyssal existential angst that combines the rawness of proto-black metal with soaring, enveloping atmospheres on Endasálmar og Klofnar Tungur.
I thoroughly enjoyed Metalhead. The cinematography is stunning and the soundtrack is a terrific mix of ’80s and ’90s metal. If you can get by with subtitles, this is a fantastic move that will appeal to metalheads everywhere.
Azoic are a two-piece black metal band from Iceland. Now, I don’t know about a lot of you, but often times when I see that a band is a two-piece black metal band, I freak out and not in a good way. Usually the duo in question ends up being an absolutely horrible Darkthrone clone that sounds like nails scraping on a chalkboard.
Azoic came together as recently as 2011 and is a two man project out of all places, Iceland. This new duo delivers as they put it: “sense thrusting waves of unorthodox black metal”. Featuring members from other groups the likes of Atrum, Beneath and Offerings, Azoic intends on releasing their debut record titled Gateways in the Summer of 2012.