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Mosaic - Old Man’s Wyntar

Though they might consider themselves a black metal horde, Germany’s Mosiac pushes well the boundaries of any conventional genre-divides. _Old Man’s Winter_ is like a slow-moving glacier that subsumes everything in its path as it washes across the landscape forging a new landscape in its wake. Incorporating elements of black metal, ambient, neofolk, gothic, and other disparate genres into a seamless whole, Mosaic has created a cohesive and satisfying listen. Building a previously relea...

Óreiða - Demo 1

Signal Rex is coming out with what it bills as a series of obscure discoveries on cassette tape, including Demo 1 from Iceland’s Óreiða. Unlike so much black metal that prides itself on a primitive, almost naive raw and brutal sound from end to end, Óreiða shows off expert craftsmanship, starting with the relatively dulcet guitar and kalimba – if I’m hearing it right – of opening track Inngangur. An unsettlingly abrupt edit spits the listener into the brutal blast of Eldhríð. A great ...

Tenebrae in Perpetuum - La Genesi: 2001-2002

La Genesi: 2001-2002, a collection of early work from vile Italian black metal horde Tenebrae in Perpetuum is a vinyl and tape release from the Ordo MCM label. Included in this grim array are a first demo, The Black Flame's Age, as well as a self-titled 7-inch that followed. This is black metal in its purest, finest form. Raw, bleak, violent, chaotic, deeply atmospheric. The vocals, while gleefully devoid of pitch – agonized screams from vocalist Atratus – could at least be described as p...