Ensanguinate – Eldritch Anatomy (2022) – Review

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Sometimes I yearn for that basic, barebone sound. Rough-hewn, deathly rhythms unspoiled by modern tropes. Downturned, scratchy guitar riffs, drum work to beat you senseless, and growls that seem to emanate from one of the special corners of the Lightbringer’s abode. Olden times revived through metal-fused nostalgia? Yeah, kind of.

It’s during one of those discovery sessions, rummaging through the vilest dregs of that blackened soul, that Ensanguinate plunged into the review pipe. But it’s not only the intriguing band name that kinda stopped us in our tracks but also Eldritch Anatomy‘s album cover. Made by none other than … [...] Click to raid more!

Second to Sun – The Walk (2018) – Review

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Dodecahedron graced us last year with some excellent fare. Icy cold was the embrace, and blazing hot the Extreme Metal. In the meantime, we enjoyed Vitrun of Carpe Noctem in all its terrifying splendor. Together with many others that must remain unnamed for sake of simplicity.

Those are all, kind of part of the same ilk. A real genre, so hidden that not many will call it music. And truly, some of that stuff is like ice picks in your brain that you cannot dislodge, until the last note gives up the proverbial ghost.

Also, rare are those Extreme Metal [...] Click to raid more!

Helrunar – Vanitas Vanitatvm (2018) – Review

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Nostalgia. The yearning for some long-vanished swathes of time. Events you once enjoyed, and somehow they still feel good today. And you (kind of) wish to travel back in time and be there again. The feeling is some sort of retroactive déjà-vu, a vague sentiment of useless comfort – most of the time. But in reality, all of that is lost in the corridors of time. And will never, ever come back.

Or will it?

Because the German Black Metallers Helrunar serve a very special ritual with their 7th full-length record Vanitas Vanitatvm (vanity of vanities). The record really digs … [...] Click to raid more!

Isolert – No Hope, No Light…Only Death (2016) – Review

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As we move around the Black Metal landscape, the Mediterranean is gaining importance. And most of them bands in the lands of olives and great wine are good to very good. Just think about our recent review of Darkend. Slowly, but surely letting the devil approach the Holy See in Rome. I really had fun with this special Congressus cum Daemone. Or Vinterblot joining us from the white beaches, down at the heel of the boot in Italy.

Then we got new bands like Isolert from Greece. These guys hit us with a very special brand of Scandinavian-imbibed [...] Click to raid more!