Tag Archives: Black Metal

Metal Review: Aurvandil: Thrones (2014)

Aurvandil Thrones

Contemporary black metal is a slippery slope for bands. Black metal purists are of the belief that the modern interpretation of what black metal is, and was, strays far from its original beliefs. The ironic part of all of this is that black metal is one of the most loose subgenres of metal where pushing

Metal Review: Behemoth: The Satanist (2014)

Behemoth The Satanist

Polish blackened death metal veterans Behemoth have had a microscope placed upon them since the release of their tenth studio album, “The Satanist.” It is no secret to anyone that the band’s charismatic leader, Adam “Nergal” Darski, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, which led to having to find a bone marrow match into an

Metal Review: Tortorum: Katabasis (2014)

Tortorum Katabasis

Slated for a March 8, 2014 release date through W.T.C. Productions, Norway’s black metal outfit Tortorum will be back with their sophomore release, “Katabasis.” Tortorum arranged a very nice debut effort, “Extinctionist,” in 2012, so their follow-up with be highly anticipated and scrutinized by black metal fans. “Katabasis” will wash any worries away after listening

Metal Review: Drudkh: Eastern Frontier in Flames (2014)

Drudkh Eastern Frontier in Flames

Hailing from Kharkiv, Ukraine, black metal band Drudkh’s latest release, “Eastern Frontier in Flames,” is a compilation album covering some of the band’s rare tracks and covers from their back catalog. The long out-of-print EPs and split releases that fans have been clamoring for are finally represented with this release. 2007′s “Anti-Urban” EP encompass the

Metal Review: Dodsferd: The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race (2014)

Dodsferd The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race

Moribund Records has set March 18, 2014 as the release date for Dodsferd’s ninth album, “The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race.” The album was released in Europe on December 16, 2013. Dodsferd mainman Wrath is a passionate character to say the least and his passion is evident on every release. Their latest release is

Metal Review: Entartung: Peccata Mortalia (2014)

Entartung Peccata Mortalia

With a March 8, 2014 release date, Entartung is ready to unleash their sophomore effort on us entitled “Peccata Mortalia.” Their debut album, “Krypteia,” set the stage for this new black metal band to breathe some fresh air into the lungs of an ancient subgenre of metal and they were up to the task. With

Metal Review: Vardan: The Wood is My Coffin (2014)

Vardan The Wood is My Coffin

With the Internet being so easily accessible and useful for musicians, solo projects are becoming much more the norm these days, especially within the black metal landscape. While this leads us to more failed attempts than successful ones, there are still a few very interesting projects out there that excite me in the black metal

Metal Review: Vardan: …Dreaming …Living My Funeral (2013)

Vardan ...Dreaming ...Living My Funeral

Vardan is an Italian one-man operation of bleak, desolate black metal, and is a throwback of sorts to the classic black metal bands of days gone by. From the outset of “…Dreaming …Living My Funeral,” Vardan sets the icy atmosphere while he paints a portrait of despair and sorrow so dark and depressive that even

Metal Review: Valdur: At War With (2013)

Valdur At War With

Mammoth Lakes, California’s three-piece blackened death metal outfit Valdur is back with their third full-length release, “At War With,” after their more traditional black metal sophomore release of “Raven God Amongst Us.” With sounds that are similar to other bands in small pieces, but all their own, Valdur is sure to become a household name

New Alcest Album Available For Streaming

Alcest Shelter

You know that I love French melodic metal band Alcest and am awaiting its release with bated breath. Few new bands excite me the way that Alcest does. With its January 17, 2014 release date (January 21, 2014 in North America), Alcest’s new opus, “Shelter” is almost upon us, but why wait? “Shelter” is now