Belgium’s Oathbreaker are offering up a full stream of their new album, Rheia, which is set for release this Friday (September 30) through Deathwish Inc. Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Loma Prieta), the band’s third album features 10 tracks of self-reflective blackened metal/hardcore. Check out Rheia now via Noisey in North America and VISIONS Magazine in Europe. Continue Reading
Combining the lurching pace and density of sludge and doom with the cold and bitter atmosphere of black metal, Phantom Winter‘s music is a force to be reckoned with. It is the soundtrack to being lost in a dark, arctic wasteland as a blizzard relentlessly bears its fangs. There is no shelter, no hope, only death is guaranteed.
The German quintet, which is comprised of former members of post-metal outfit Omega Massiff, first plunged listeners into their “winterdoom” world on their 2015 debut, CVLT. Its unyielding barrage of towering riffs and icy malevolence made for a truly dismal and unique listening experience. The album sat at the crossroads between sludge, doom, black and post-metal without dipping too much into one style or the other, always keeping a balance. CVLT possessed sounds that seemed to have been culled from an intense night terror, or the mind of a sufferer of major depression at the very least.