2020 Albums

Album Review: Messiah In The Abyss – Genocidal Journey 7.4 (Black Metal)

This quarantine will be bring the rise of the one man band, and Messiah in the Abyss is proof of that. Raw black metal with dark ambient and dungeon synth textures all the way from Venezuela. Everything is done by a man who goes by the name Zaratustra the dead. His output has been incredibly consistent, as he’s released a ton of music in a very short amount of time, and from what I’ve heard, It’s all quality! […]

Black Metal

Black Metal Week Vol 1

Black metal week is upon us. Some of it is balls to the wall grim and some of it is that “hipster” post black stuff we just can’t get enough of. Noob Heavy embraces musical evolution. I haven’t listened toa huge amount of black metal but almost everything I heard was great. Let’s get into the newest recommendations followed by an overview of everything we’ve covered in 2020 thus far. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Tulus – Old Old Death 7.8 (Black Metal)

This is the first Tulus LP in eight years and they are coming back fully loaded. In that down time they formed the band Khold so they weren’t completely without practice. Now they’ve returned to their original project with this new album Old Old Death and I gotta say, it starts off with a lot more pep in their step than I was expecting, many of these riffs would be just as fitting on a blackened speed metal record. Modern black metal albums have a tendency to take too long starting up but not Tulus, they’re bringing the noise up front. The first impression from the artwork on the cover nails it. It’s a fantastic blending of castles, cosmos, forests, bats and a skull. You always expect one of these things on a black metal cover but all of them? They’ve cornered the market. […]

2020 Albums

Asarhaddon – Reysa 8 (Black Metal)

For anyone who knows me, you know that I love black metal and most of its subgenres. Asarhaddon fall into the melodic black metal category, which just happens to probably be my favorite. With bands like Actros, Abigail Williams and Wormwitch releasing some of my favorite records of last year, this side of black metal has been getting a lot of love from me recently. I believe this is the band’s first full length and it’s my first encounter with them as well. I must say it’s an overall positive first impression, this record is solid. I’ve been listening to it for a few weeks now and it’s only grown on me in that time. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: 殞煞 Vengeful Spectre – 殞煞 Vengeful Spectre 8.5 (Folk/Black Metal)

It’s very rare I get to cover music from Asia, it’s even more rare that I get to cover music with traditional Asian instrumentation and folk roots. This brings us to Vengeful Spectre, a band that combines black metal with traditional Chinese folk music, and oh my god does it work. It works so well in fact, that I’m very surprised this is the first time I’ve heard something like this. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Voidfire – Ogień Pustki 7.5 (Black Metal)

Voidfire are coming into the scene strong with a well presented debut album entitled Ogień Pustki, and it is a concept album “based on the theme of finding artistic inspiration in emotional suffering” according to the band. Immediately the most eye catching thing is the mysterious artwork, this time skipping Lewandowski and going straight to the source, a licensed piece from Zdzisław Beksiński made in 1976. It’s a bloody strong artwork to have and will surely find the band stuck in the minds of many this year. The sound on hand here is some tight melodic black metal for lonely hearts, with a kicking drum for marching into the gloom. […]