Oh man what a weird week here in the Midwest. It’s been warm, freezing, humid and windy. What the shit? Well, when it’s cold at least you can turn on these albums and enjoy the crisp cool air as these riffs and blast beats kick the crap out of you. Be sure to click on the artist and album name to listen to the album mentioned. Enjoy!
Svbterranean’s very own Lane Oliver sent Svengali over to me to check out and I am grateful that he did. This album is packed with everything you could want in a grim, ball grinding, blackened crust type of album. The riffs are awfully powerful, the production is authentic black metal and the crashing drums adds another layer of “kvlt” to it as the screams pummel my ears in a way that I rather enjoy. This is gnarly. This is good. Listen to this.
Ultha reigns from Germany and their brand of black metal definitely falls into a mix of atmospheric black, traditional black and depressive black. The depressive black aspect of the band comes mainly from the vocal style itself as it’s a high pitched screech. However, to balance this out we have a lower growl being used as well, which definitely helps. The music is absolutely stunning though. Definitely check this one out.
French black metal act Antaeus brings furious riffs, screams, drumming as well as atmospheric devastation on their new release, Condemnation! This is pure fucking headbang inducing music, listen to this if you’re angry, if you’re working out, firing a gun or driving a car 150+ down the freeway. For those who need a burst of dark energy in your day, you better listen to this one. Holy. Shit.
Another fine German act brings you blissful guitar riffs, blast beats and traditional howls. This EP is short and sweet but man does it leave a mark. Very impactful music happening on this release. Disharmony at it’s finest.
I hope you enjoy these releases. All of these took me by surprise and it just goes to show you that 2016 has a lot going for it in the black metal department. Stay tuned for more reviews as well as another weekly write up next week right here on Svbterranean!