Browsing All posts tagged under »black metal«

Isolation – Closing a Circle

August 14, 2011


Eisenwald 7/11/2011 Alright, I’m out of guesses and these guys are out of hints. What the hell is this? I’m all for bass in my black metal. Drudkh’s last few albums are some of my favorite works from the Ukranian recluses, and Nick McMaster’s increasing role in Krallice is to the act’s benefit. I even […]

Falloch – Where Distant Spirits Remain

July 21, 2011


Candlelight 9/27/2011 Yep, the band name and typeface on the cover art made me double take, too. Even more damning is that the music within pulls a pronounced influence from a certain Northwest dark metal squad. Well, maybe damning isn’t the right word, considering Marrow of the Spirit’s ranking as the finest album this young […]

Aurvandil – Yearning

June 26, 2011


Eisenwald 7/11/2011 Upon first inspection, Aurvandil have all the trappings of a bitchin’ modern black metal horde. They’re from France, that recent hotbed of innovation in the genre. Their namesake was a giant in Nordic folklore whose frozen toe Thor broke off and placed in the sky as a star, which is, y’know, epic. And […]

Altar of Plagues – Mammal

May 15, 2011


Profound Lore 5/17/2011 Halfway through the opener on Altar of Plagues‘ second album, Mammal, and it feels like I’ve been listening for an hour already. By the droning, clinking fadeout at the end of “Neptune is Dead”’s 18 minute runtime, it’s hard to believe I’ve been gone for longer than a third of that. The […]

Pale Chalice – Afflicting the Dichotomy of Trepid Creation

April 20, 2011


The Flenser 3/08/2011 If you like Watain, you’ll dig Pale Chalice. I could probably end this review right here, but that would be lazy. Honestly, though; the droning, oddly melodic riffing; the palatable production; the blood oath taking, goat sacrificing ritual feel of it all. Yep, it’s black metal, all right. Sworn to the dark. […]

Krallice – Diotima

April 9, 2011


Profound Lore 4/26/2011   Socrates’ instructor during the famed symposium, Diotima of Mantinea, taught the renowned Greek philosopher that love evolves throughout our lives as we age. We are first enamored with the beauty of the young body, a feeling that struck with significant force upon the release of Krallice’s self-titled debut album; a stunningly […]