Kampfar – Til Klovers Takt (2022) – Review

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Kampfar‘s raw power already hit us like dark lightning back in 2019 when Ofidians Manifest appeared at our doorstep. It’s difficult to describe but there seemed to be some cosmic juice behind that sort of proto Black Metal. And besides, this band is one of the age-old BM outfits that survived all those tribulations that befell other biggies in the genre. And I guess, it’s their authenticity and starkly barebone approach to their craft that continuously garners them kudos after all these years.

So, at the time of the release of Til Klovers Takt, we wondered how in … [...] Click to raid more!

Patria – Hexerei (2022) – Review

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Would it be fair to say that the RMR crew likes its Black Metal as dark and ominous as the morning coffee? Indeed so. Or even blacker, if that can be had. Traditional, no-nonsense pieces usually find sustenance in the bosom of the RMR crew’s blackened souls. Those that stem from the harsh beginnings of a genre that was and often still is accused of devil worship and worse. And sometimes rightfully so.1) Yet, we’re not looking to find a copy/paste of Burzum or Bathory. It’s bands that spew their wares in a way to generate that sense of … [...] Click to raid more!

Cradle Of Filth – Dusk… and Her Embrace (1996) – Review

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There are records that you gotta be in the mood for. And all of Cradle of Filth‘s pieces kinda qualify for that sentiment. The level of crazy intensity, the ceaseless high-pitched screams, the endless gallivanting in between the world of gothic moodiness and speedy blackened Extreme Metal tend to wear out even the sturdiest of metalheads. But in turn, CoF would not be itself if that ferocity would suddenly evaporate and be replaced with something that – I don’t know – Amaranthe would do, for instance. What a blasphemous thought, though, right?

Now, the question comes to mind, when … [...] Click to raid more!