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Necronoclast - Ashes

Necronoclast is a one-an black metal band from Scotland. Ashes is their very moody, gloomy new Moribund full-length. Necronoclast’s lead misanthrope Greg Edwards at times employes proggy, high-production value production and synths to make that moodiness happen, or at least enhance it a touch. Overall pretty dark and grim stuff. Unintelligible vocals that speak to suicidal depression: the poor guy’s holed up in Scotland, where I’m told by a shell-shocked and recently returned friend it rains...
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Throne of Katarsis - Ved Graven

Another day, another Black Metal album, this time from some disturbed brethren of Norway; Throne of Katarsis. ‘Ved Graven’ meaning ‘At the Grave’ provides pretty much what you’d expect BM to provide; harsh, bitter lyrical contents, lo-fi analogue sounding thrash drums and guitar riffs speeding headlong and hurriedly into the void. Don’t get me wrong, ‘Ved Graven’ is a fucking awesome album to play at nasty volumes, ‘Helvete Kaller’ is so primeval and sordid in manifestation that...
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Atila - Body

Atila is a dark electronic project hailing from Porto Portugal. Body is Atila’s latest full-length release, following on the heels of a series of roman numeral-titled EPs leading up to V their previous work. The product of Miguel Béco – known also for his black metal work under the name Örök – Atila fits somewhere comfortably between genres, incorporating elements of black metal ambience, dark techno, industrial and filmic soundscape into a sonic netherworld that, while not entirely singular,...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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Botanist / Oskoreien - EP : Green Metal / Deterministic Chaos

Writing about music is a very much unremunerated hobby for me and as such I write when I find the time and energy for it. Once downside of this is that I tend to pick off the easy targets. It’s not difficult to praise a perfectly implemented twee album, or a black metal horde that follows in lockstep with their forbearers. Blackgaze, as one example of the other hand, is a genre that can be difficult to wrap your head around at times. On paper it might sound like a bad joke; preposterous; a...