Tag Archives: Black Metal

Moonsorrow – Jumalten aika

Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika

Moonsorrow [Finland]
Jumalten aika
2016
Full Length
Century Media Records
Folk/Pagan/Black Metal

I’ve heard of Moonsorrow since their 2007 album, V: Hävitetty, but being young and impatient back then, the band’s brand of epic metal failed to capture my attention. So it was with little knowledge of the band’s sound that I chance upon this Finnish outfit’s seventh full length album, Jumalten aika. With all the band’s release up till 2011’s Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa drawing critical acclaim, it is with little surprise that fans of the band hold high hopes for the record, especially with the long 5-year wait.

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Urgehal – Aeons in Sodom

Urgehal - Aeons in Sodom

Urgehal [Norway]
Aeons in Sodom
2016
Full Length
Season of Mist
Black Metal

After the unfortunate demise of Trondr Nefas, I thought that Endezzma‘s Erotik Nekrosis would be the last that I hear of his works. But Urgehal and Season of Mist this year surprised me with a brand new Urgehal record. Despite having lost much touch with the extreme metal genres, I decided to just have a listen to Aeons in Sodom without putting much thought into the background of the album.

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Abbath – Abbath

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You know Abbath means business when he uses his stage-name directly as the name of his new band as well as the title of their new album and to use his fierce corpse-paint ridden face adorn the album cover. And, hell, he sure does not waste any time to reminding the old listeners of Immortal and new unsuspecting listeners what he’s capable of musically.

From the first track of “To War!”, one is immediately transported back to realms of cold relentless beautiful brutality. The momentum does not let up, with “Winterbane”, “Oceans of Wounds”, “Count The Dead” and “Root of The Mountain” fast becoming my personal favourites. Especially with “Winterbane”, I found myself headbanging on the first listen – it really reminded me of how I felt listening to Immortal’s “At the Heart of Winter”, which is highly pleasant. Scattered throughout the album are sweet and succinct reminders of the sweeping soundscape found in Immortal’s “Damned in Black” and “Sons of Northern Darkness”, even bits of I’s 2006 endeavour. This is extremely pleasing for me since I’m a huge Immortal listener.

When Immortal was no longer, I admit getting negatively affected. When I listened to this massive album, I admit that Immortal has only changed its incarnation – to Abbath. Hails to Abbath!

Revenge – Behold.Total.Rejection

Revenge - Behold.Total.Rejection

Revenge [Canada]
2015
Full Length
Behold.Total.Rejection
Season of Mist/Underground Activists
Black/Death Metal

I started the year being jaded with the whole black/death metal thing, but over the course of 2015 there have been some enjoyable releases of the genre, such as Archgoat and more recently, Triumvir Foul‘s debut full length. Unexpectedly, I am also ending the year with the genre, with Canadian chaotic horde Revenge‘s latest opus, Behold.Total.Rejection.

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Triumvir Foul – Triumvir Foul

Triumvir Foul - Triumvir Foul

Triumvir Foul [USA]
Triumvir Foul
2016
Full Length
Blood Harvest
Black/Death Metal

Triumvir Foul‘s debut offering last year in the form of their demo An Oath of Blood and Fire couldn’t come at a worse time, with my interest in the black/death metal genre, in particularly the barbaric, filthy style declining rapidly. For some reason though, their self-titled full length this year held certain promise, and listening to the 42 minute onslaught on Triumvir Foul, it would have been a mistake to give this release a miss as well.

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Grey Heaven Fall – Black Wisdom

Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom

Grey Heaven Fall [Russia]
Black Wisdom
2015
Full Length
Aesthetics of Devastation
Black/Death Metal

Over the last few years, Russia may have spawned quite a number of class extreme metal acts such as Pyre and slamming brutal death metal band Aborted Fetus. Yet this land is not the first thing on one’s mind when the metal genre is brought up. Coupled with the lack of exposure to extreme metal for a couple of months now, Grey Heaven Fall managed to be one such act that has managed to enchant me with their sophomore full length, Black Wisdom.

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Ruin – Spread Plague Hell

Ruin - Spread Plague Hell

Ruin [USA]
Spread Plague Hell
2015
Demo
Nero One Records
Black/Death Metal

As extreme metal pushes the envelope more, with black metal bands becoming more evil and satanic, and death metal bands becoming faster and heavier, it is hard to get attention without some sort of characteristic that makes a band or record stand out. Ruin, having been around since 1990 before disappearing 1 year later and only to reemerge again this year, is one such act. With the lineup of the band being shrouded in mystery, and a brand new demo only 24 years after their previous release, it is hard to resist the temptation to find out what Spread Plague Hell sounds like.

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Valdur – Pathetic Scum

Valdur - Pathetic Scum

Valdur [USA]
Pathetic Scum
2015
Full Length
Bloody Mountain Records
Black/Death Metal

With all my attention focused on the stoner, doom and psychedelic genres, I have overlooked the filthy, bestial black and death metal that I used to love so much, with the new Archgoat being the only record to really catch my attention so far. That was until I caught wind of American black/death metal horde Valdur releasing their fourth full length album Pathetic Scum, two years after the triumphant release that was At War With.

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Outre – Ghost Chants

Outre - Ghost Chants

Outre [Poland]
Ghost Chants
2015
Full Length
Godz ov War Productions/Third Eye Temple
Black Metal

Polish black metal merchants Outre has already proven their worth on their 2013 releases, Tranquility EP and their split with Thaw. Yet it is this year’s debut full length Ghost Chants that the band finally unleashes the full extent of their wrath upon fans of black metal, with 7 ritualistic, trance-inducing chapters to their opus.

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Albums of the Month – March 2015

March was a much quieter month than the first two months of 2015, though we did see a number of high profile releases including the new Enslaved (which completely kicked ass), Moonspell and Psycroptic. Anyway, here are our picks for albums of March 2015:

Nocturnalia – Above Below Within (23/3/2015)

Nocturnalia - Above Below WithinPreviously known as NocturnalAbove Below Within is this Swedish outfit’s sophomore full length album, and the first one under their new moniker Nocturnalia. If you thought that their debut Nocturnal was good, Above Below Within sees this psychedelic/occult rock band take things up a notch. With influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple or even Pink Floyd, one instantly knows that he is in for one hell of a trip.

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