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Outre – Ghost Chants

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Outre – Ghost Chants

Modern-day black metal usually has clear markers; you can look at how it presents itself and know immediately what to expect.  This is especially true with post-black metal, where alterations to original themes are sometimes so unusual each band almost becomes a separate genre in itself, perhaps a separate country, or better to say planet, […]

Tome of the Unreplenished – Innerstanding

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Tome of the Unreplenished – Innerstanding

And now for something totally esoteric.  Different?  Entry-level terminology for the uninitiated.  This is different, it's been fashioned from the most ancient of hands, a soul so old it defies the beginnings of the human race.  We kind of needed a good bit of that.  We've had classic black metal recently, some of the Satanic, […]

Sigihl – Trauermärsche (And a Tango Upon the World’s Grave)

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Sigihl – Trauermärsche (And a Tango Upon the World’s Grave)

Sat on this one for awhile.  But it was much unlike the usual type of sitting.  It wasn't like sitting on your easy chair, or a lawn chair, or an armchair, it was more like a chair of nails, such as would have been used during the Witch Craze.  This would be a useful analogy […]

Corpus Christii – PaleMoon

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Corpus Christii – PaleMoon

If there's one country that's supremely diffuse in terms of its representation of various types of black metal, it's Portugal, which is surprising considering its relatively small size in comparison to most of Europe.  But in spite of its smaller landmass, hugging the ocean, or Spain, whichever direction it chooses to embrace, it's filled with […]

The Ugly – Decreation

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The Ugly – Decreation

Interesting that this album would be titled as such, considering it's rather a form of creation than destruction.  But before we get to that, let's consider Swedish black metal.  Sweden has a rather interesting history in the genre, being that it, though rooted in Scandinavian tradition, is somewhat separate in how it developed.  You have […]

Sovereign – Nailing Shut the Sacroscant Orifice

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Sovereign – Nailing Shut the Sacroscant Orifice

Wordiness is often a marker for headiness, and seriously any metal band that pulls out sacrosanct in their album title probably has something to say.  But US black metal, sadly, has often not had much to say.  Part of the reason for that is it gets covered over by all the clickbait BM worthlessness of […]

Downfall of Nur – Umbras e Forestas

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Downfall of Nur – Umbras e Forestas

Interesting that this is the first review we tackle after the birth of my (editor) daughter this past week.  After weening her on dark synthwave with GosT and then giving her some classical, it was time for the full indoctrination with this sick promo sent to us from Russia.  Black metal for child rearing?  Yes, […]

SPLITting Headache – Buncha Metal

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SPLITting Headache – Buncha Metal

Well, we finally made some sense out of what we want to do with this new special feature of ours, titled, as you can see, SPLITting Headache.  The problem we've always had with splits is that you have at least two bands, but sometimes more than that, and how do you go about reviewing that? […]

Abstracter – Wound Empire

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Abstracter – Wound Empire

Boy, these guys are persistent as all hell.  That's a lot of persistence, if you didn't know, using the word hell with anything is like 'a lot' but it sounds more kvlt.  And this persistence clearly came from a need to purge the soul, because when we first met Abstracter almost a year ago, we […]