Newsflash: Ashlands release EP number I!

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You gotta be brave to break into a metal genre that many have tried and few succeeded in. We are talking about the realm of blackened orgiastic atmospherics and the horrible plastic drum machine.

You guessed it.

This is the style that many like to call Black Metal, fueled by lores of fantasy novels and wide, enigmatic landscapes. Caladan Brood and Summoning come to mind straight off the bat.

Ashlands – from central Umbria in Italy – now started this journey into those fantastic lands of yonder wonders. The band plans to release a series of three EPs, all wrapped … [...] Click to raid more!

Batushka – Panihida (2019) – Review

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Panihida

2019 is the year of the Batushka controversy, one that will write Black Metal history. The genre is not devoid of its past troubles, and this one here just sounds like a fitting continuation. Albeit a bit less fiery, or deadly – come to think of it.

Yet we still got ourselves one major metallic earthquake that hit our metal shores like a steely tsunami at the beginning of the year. And which never ceased with its aftershocks since.

But it is also true enough that without all that drama, we would never find ourselves with two brand-new … [...] Click to raid more!

Batushka – Hospodi (2019) – Review

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Hospodi

The big question was if or if not we should review the two offerings of Batushka that are currently out. Because the members of this band caused themselves more trouble than necessary, and generated a major controversy in the process. Which is – of course – not necessarily a good thing, as this wastes energy and resources. Energy that could have been used to write stellar material, not feeding egos and paying lawyers.

It is also an unarguable fact that Hospodi would not exist without this unnecessary drama that spilled into the open lately. Yet, … [...] Click to raid more!