2020 Albums

Album Review: Earth Rot – Black Tide of Obscurity 9.8 (Black/Death)

I’m sort of angry that no one ever told me about this band before. It’s got everything I love and nothing I don’t. The album is tailor made to my music taste and I’ve been sitting around like a dumbass not even knowing this band existed. This record has easily made it up among my favorite extreme metal records this year and Earth Rot are finding a comfortable spot in my regular rotation. […]

Black Metal

Album Review: Ferus Din – The Great Dying 9 (Black Metal)

Ferus Din embody the destructive force of nature among other things in their debut album The Great Dying. This album hits like a fist in the face from the very first second and leaves one with a feeling of prolonged eagerness, typically as the music unfolds. The band’s name comes from a combination of Latin and Germanic translations and refers to “Wild Noise”. Completely unawares of the genre clashes in this release, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the band’s musical talent, particularly composition arrangement and the combining of different instruments and sounds. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Vredensdal – The Tyrant Shade 7.7 (Black Metal)

Writing for Noob Heavy has brought me tons of exciting opportunities, from interviewing one of my favorite bands too receiving early releases for highly anticipated albums, but the first promo I ever got was from Vredensdal, a one-man raw black metal project from here in America. Vredensdal will always stand out in my mind for that reason, and I felt it was only appropriate to cover their new record titled The Tyrant Shade. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Sadness – Alluring the Distant Eye 7.5 (Black Metal)

Sadness is an extremely prolific one-man project from Oak Park, Illinois and despite being quite a young band, formed only in 2014, the band’s discography shows 16 studio albums (In 2015 alone, 5 LPs were released)!!! This can only mean that most of the music produced, and Elisa’s approach to this form of art in general, is hit-and-miss. As there are outstanding pieces, there ought to be equal, if not more, negligible (or maybe plain substandard) tracks too. How many world-class pieces can one make in one year in one genre, no matter how young and creative one might be? All said, the current state of affairs points to a more balanced view towards musical production in Sadness, with 1 album in 2018 and 2 in 2019. And 2020 has seen only one album, so far. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Naglfar – Cerecloth 8 (Black Metal)

When asking someone what band got them into black metal, you’ll hear names like Mayhem and Darkthrone thrown around a lot, maybe Bathory if you’re talking to someone older, or Behemoth if they’re younger (maybe even Burzum if they’re a Nazi or something.) My answer to that question, however, is a bit unique, cause I get to say Naglfar, a long running black metal band from Sweden that are back with their first new record in 8 years! […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Black Pestilence – Hail The Flesh 8 (Black/Thrash)

A tasty morsel of ye ol’ black metal and something newer, something wilder. I don’t even mean modern, there’s just a lot of elements that deviate from the standard melodic and long winded frameworks that are popular right now with genres like post black making a huge push forward. This has punk and heavy metal vibes in it, it’s interesting because it’s easily beer drinking kind of metal but it’s also more sophisticated musically than that descriptor does justice. It’s a damn good time. Revel in the flesh! […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Ande – Voseenkuil 8.4 (Black Metal)

A black metal album that’s actually comforting to listen to? I never thought I would hear such a thing but Ande have produced such an album. Black metal, in general, creates three moods for me; either I want to go get lost in the woods for a few hours, I want to scream about Satan for a while or it makes me want to soak in my own nihilism. Ande have given us a record that makes me want to curl up in front of a fire with a blanket and a cup of tea to listen to it. I think it’s a really unique record in the regard. It’s been refreshing listen to this album while getting ready to review it. […]