“Forgotten Paths” by Saor is a damn good album. Saor is a band that sounds like no other yet borrow from plenty of elements that folk and black metal bands utilize in their own sound. Saor uses atmospheric black metal, Celtic folk and traditional Scottish instrumentation and writing to forge it’s own sound and remain unique among the sea of atmospheric blackened bands out there. Wildly expressive, emotional and beautiful, Saor has always been one of those bands that stuck out to me with its expansive sounds and catchy riffs and imagery. This is definitely one of those bands you listen to while out on a hike, enjoying the scenery and breathing in the air….enjoying life. Saor would make that experience even greater. Of course, you don’t need to be outside to enjoy Saor’s music, it’s perfectly fitting and fantastic anywhere you are.
Today’s quick review is quite black metal heavy and from all over the world. Enjoy. Continue Reading
This edition of Quick Reviews is brought to you by big bands with one word for a name: Deicide, Aborted and Behemoth. All of these bands released an album recently and I let you know what I think about them within one or two paragraphs. Enjoy. Continue Reading
TOTALSELFHATRED is a Finnish band that, you guessed it, writes melancholic and depressing music. Their style lies on the black metal side of things which truly brings out the darkness in their content. The grim atmospheres on their new album, Solitude, portray their sorrows and self destruction, even without the vocals to convey these messages, the music itself is truly hopeless and heavy. Their 3rd full length release is a strong one and fans of this genre will enjoy this album quite a bit.
Blackened melodic death metal Unleash released a slew of info on their upcoming new album titled, Savior, as well as releasing a teaser trailer of what to expect on this album. What I hear is high energy, ripping metal and I cannot wait to check this one out! More info and the trailer after the jump.
Mare Cognitum “returns” with a re-release of their debut album, “The Sea Which Has Become Known“, one of the more visceral atmospheric black metal releases ever unleashed upon the public ear. Usually when a band from this genre puts out a release, it fully emphasizes more on the layers of atmosphere and is typically slower in many aspects. Few bands can put forth a power drive and stay truly atmospheric…Darkspace comes to mind. However, cosmic and atmospheric is something Mare Cognitum does right and this album will also shred your face with raw guitars and vocals. After one full listen, I am hooked.
This quick review write up is about Spite, a black metal band from America who brings forth nasty Satanic sounds and VoidCeremony, a progressive/blackened death metal band that brings complexity and hectic sounds. Enjoy.
The guardians of Middle Earth hath arrived! 22 years in, Summoning are back with their 8th studio release entitled With Doom We Come. It’s been 5 long years since the release of their last album Old Mornings Dawn and Silenius and Protector have gone above and beyond to give you a grandeur listening experience of raw black metal crossed with epic melodic atmospheres. Hail their return with over an hour of quality epic atmospheric black metal!!! Continue Reading
Look at any “best of black metal albums ever” list and Immortal’s “At the Heart of Winter” is sure to be within top 5 of every single one of those articles. While some fans may prefer earlier releases because they are more “grim” or “kvlt”, no one can deny that this release is a staple and must listen if you are getting into black metal. The riffs and song writing are beyond good. The vocals are some of the best within the genre. I absolutely adore Immortal’s drum sound on this album. Bass is thick and punchy. Production is great and Immortal somehow uses guitar tricks, excellent songwriting and pure musicianship to create such an exciting and energetic black metal listening experience. I have such a good time every single time I pop this album on and press play. It’s 6 songs and 46 minutes of headbanging and invisible oranges, absolutely fuck yeah to all of this.
Darkeater is one of the more obscure bands that I absolutely love within black metal. The band consists of only two members, Elijah D and Kolodum, and together they create a crafty blend of raw black metal and haunting atmospheres. The environment they create is impossibly cold and vast, their use of synth, simplistic riffs and distant vocals really gives this debut release an outstanding feeling. There are moments of melodies on the guitars that just push and pull with the synth, creating a beautiful flow with epic transitions throughout the listen of Иней чёрного рассвета, which happens to translate to “Rime Black Dawn”. Continue Reading