Firelink – Firelink (2020) – Review

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Black Metal and its bigger brother Extreme Metal are fertile grounds. Somehow everything that sounds wild or arcane kinda lands in the playground of Folk’s cousin. Because both till these fields of the mystical and often pagan wisdom. And the lore they choose can be both, imagined or rooted in history somewhere.

Now, here we move to fantasy land all over again. In other words, those bands that dabble in pseudo-history and wild imagination will be on the menu. Stories garnished with everything the creative and sometimes delirious mind can cook up is game. And often … [...] Click to raid more!

Black Trillium – The Fatal Shore (2020) – Review

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Sometimes they just turn up out of nowhere. Unknown bands, with a compelling tune and a chip on their shoulder. Metal that just rushes onto your detection radar like a UFO on steroids. On top of that, they’re often the epitome of the underground, being locally known at best, or not at all at worst.

Then, maybe they emerge from a neck of the woods that may not be all that known for Extreme Metal. We’re all kinda tuned into Scandinavia for that kind of thing. Yet here we find ourselves with the Australians of Black [...] Click to raid more!

KHÔRA – Timaeus (2020) – Review

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Okay, pop adepts and garden variety metalheads, get out whilst you still can! This is not your territory. Everybody else come in and enjoy.

This is the dreadful realm of Extreme Metal, the disturbed haunts of dissonance. Dreary and ice-cold lands that bands like Dodecahedron – Plato’s fifth solid – so avidly occupy.

But this time it’s more planets and weird alien beings, methinks, judging by the bizarre and colorful album cover on display. Khôra‘s debut full-length Timaeus steps right into those deranged soundscapes that are often abused by noisy terrors devoid of sense.

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Wardaemonic – Acts of Repentance (2020) – Review

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It’s good that some bands don’t really give a damn. They can’t be bothered about perception, sales values, returns on investment and all those other things of lesser importance. Or a decent presence on social networks, SEO, and the infamous marketing thing.

In Black Metal, these folks are trve kvlt. Those that much rather live down in that fiery pit, blow their drums to smithereens with their blast beats, and worry their guitars and vocal cords until things overheat. Delicious dissonance on a platter of lava-hot, fucking Extreme Metal. Brutal odes to the beginnings of Black … [...] Click to raid more!