Narbeleth – Svmma Cvm Nox Arcana (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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It’s funny, I just listened to an age-old 1996 record of Astarte, the Greek (almost) all-girl Black Metal band,1) all over again. So, I was really fired up for some good, church-burning Scandinavian Black Metal. All lookouts manned, and gun crews ready to fire.

And sure enough, the folks from Narbeleth appeared on our search radar with a new album. We already had a short run-in with them on the excellent Indomitvs some time ago. Back then, the band’s Black Metal prowess truly made us listen up. Theirs is the real thing. … [...] Click to raid more!

Crown On The Head of a King of Mud, by Human Failure!

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Anarchy, a theme often misused for a bunch of theories and doctrines. But it can also serve to vent your anger or to generate totally fucked soundscapes. And Human Failure here seem to be angry to the boiling point, at humanity in particular. To the point that – apparently – our only hope is a noose.

And sometimes it behooves us adepts of Extreme Metal to remember how truly disjointed real raw and archaic extreme metal music feels like. Stuff that goes way beyond conventions and styles. A place where non-melody rules and noize will make the daemonic Black Metal … [...] Click to raid more!

Saille – V (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Ah yes, they still exist. Bands that waste no time and just try to bludgeon you into submission with their mighty hammer of excellent blackened alloy. Blast beats that rumble comfortably across yer stomach, pitch-black tremolo fests, and rasps that scrape about yer earphones like so many pointed fingernails on a blackboard.

And I am not talking about these copycats that just go ahead, strum wildly on their downturned guitars, and try to hypnotize ye with needless drum work. The elaborate RMR selection process will only weed them out and show them the … [...] Click to raid more!

Soothsayer – Echoes of the Earth (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Why on earth did Heilung change names, move to Ireland, and chant ever more weirdly around the soundscape? But it’s not Heilung, they’re still firmly lodged in Norway. And their chanting didn’t deteriorate either.1)

It is the Irish band Soothsayer that – for some reason – decided to start their new piece Echoes of the Earth with some atrociously bad wailings on eternal repeat.2) Fringe probably exists solely to lull RMR into some sort of a transcendental state3) to accept more such bizarre garbage that will come later.

Come on, … [...] Click to raid more!