about atmospheric and gloomy music

King Woman – Created In The Image Of Suffering

King Woman – Created In The Image Of Suffering

On this incredible first album, KING WOMAN pulls the listener into a hypnotic and intense journey. Calm, fragile moments bewitch the audience in one moment, just to embrace him with massive walls of drone in the other. Crushing drums meet the sweet vocals by Kristina Esfandiari, harsh doomy riffs get combined with more playful elements of… Read more »

Esben And The Witch – Older Terrors

Esben And The Witch – Older Terrors

Although ESBEN AND THE WITCH already got some attention as well in the underground as in more popular media, “Older Terrors” is my first real contact to this band. At first, I didn’t know what to think about this record. But after a few spins I grew fond of it. Because it is different. It… Read more »

Antlers – A Gaze Into The Abyss

Antlers – A Gaze Into The Abyss

Although this masterpiece was release almost two years ago I listened to it so many times that I had an immense urge to write something about it. Triggered by the recent European CD release by Vendetta records – who already made a couple of vinyl pressings of this album – I put it back to… Read more »

The Great Old Ones – EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy

The Great Old Ones – EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy

H.P. Lovecraft was one of the most important writers of fantastic and horrifoc literature, if not the most important. His work was influential to many artists, from other authors to film makers and of course musicians. Although there are examples of his influence outside of metal, most of his followers are in the extreme variations… Read more »

Emptiness – Not For Music

Emptiness – Not For Music

EMPTINESS are a very unique band. Their minimalist and grotesque style is disturbing, bizare, reduced and creepy as hell. This makes the band both discomforting and hard to describe. Is it metal? Not in the ordinary concept of the genre. But for sure it has many elements that are deeply rooted in (black) metal. Just to… Read more »

Convulsing – Errata

Convulsing – Errata

Australia / New Zealand has an amazing scene for refreshing new interpretations of death metal. Altars, Portal, Ulcerate and the interesting hopefuls Départe, all very unique ambassadors of an extreme and innovative form of death metal. The next band from Australia that totally fits into this line is CONVULSING from Sydney. To be true, this… Read more »

Gloom Sleeper – A Void

Gloom Sleeper – A Void

Usually I like my post-punk dark and dystopic. Beginning with the nihilistic early style of the genre by Joy Division to the more apocalyptic vibe of recent Extinction Of Mankind or even blended with other genres, resulting in the “gloomcore” of Planks for instance. Nevertheless GLOOM SLEEPER hit me from the beginning with their nowadays… Read more »

In The Woods… – Pure

In The Woods… – Pure

IN THE WOODS… exits for a while. But frankly, I never spend my attention to them. Maybe because they haven’t released a new album in the last 17 years. But after a recommendation from a friend, I listened to “Pure”. It took me some time to get into the records, but now I’m quite fond… Read more »

Ultha – Converging Sins

Ultha – Converging Sins

Although ULTHA already announced their second album for end of 2016, it was released all of a sudden. No big countdown, no leaked details in advance. That’s one thing I really like about the band: No big words, the deeds speak for themself. Nevertheless I was quite surprised about the release of “Converging Sins” –… Read more »

Zhrine – Unortheta

Zhrine – Unortheta

Islandic music is alway interesting, somehow different from the rest of the world. Just take a look on the best know act Bjørk or the more known Sólstafir or Sigur Rós.  But even when it comes to more extreme music, especially black metal, Island is still a great source for special sounds. Just think about Svartidauði, Naðra or Misþyrming…. Read more »