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. […]

Aussie metal

Australian Heavypedia: Interview with Ploughshare (Black Metal)

Ploughshare are a unique force in the Australian underground by forming abrasive music ideas into music that is surprisingly palatable and addictive. I became familiar with them when I got In Offal, Salvation (2018) on cassette which is still one of my all time favorites now. Since then they’ve released Tellurian Insurgency, an EP that was well circulated in the wider metal community online even entering some end of year lists for 2019. […]