Belus - Apophenia

Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it wants. The way it stops and starts. Its seek for hope and light. And its desire for darkness, dissonance and despair. And I’m even more terrified how Belus feeds my hearts most urgent needs. For joy - within desolation. For trepidation - with playfulness. For purity - in diversity. With all those conflicting elements, “Apophenia” is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Read More…

Auðn - Farvegir fyrndar

With their second album “Farvegir fyrndar” Auðn find a perfect balance between grounded and traditional black metal and the more atmospheric and transcendental interpretation of the genre. It is a melodic, melancholic album with very versatile songs that coherently flow from calm to harsh to majestic to furious. With the spirit of Winterfylleth, the roots in Norway and a similar approach on post-rock like Fen, Auðn create an dense and moony album. Read More…

Aosoth - V: The Inside Scriptures

This is the closing chapter of Aosoths current musical and lyrical concept. Uncertain what that means for the future of the band, it is undoubtful that “V: The Inside Scriptures” marks the most mature output they have delivered so far. And that makes this record one of the most important black metal records of this year. Still Aosoth maintain their dissonant and baneful approach. Many moments exchange between grinding repetitions and nightmarish atonal riffs. Read More…

Desolate Shrine - Deliverance From The Godless Void

Oh, this is a vile album. It is simply hopeless, baneful and nasty. It is not a record for those looking for beauty. But for those whose black heart find beauty in darkness. “Deliverance From The Godless Void” challenges the listener. With almost an hour of running time, it is an intense and demanding record. You may not listen to it as background music as you won’t understand the message this incredible piece of darkness delivers. Read More…

Yellow Eyes - Immersion Trench Reverie

Although Yellow Eyes are around since about seven years and released three albums yet, I just recently became aware of them. My interest even grew when I heard that drummer Mike is also involved in Fell Voices and the awesome Vanum and filled in for Ash Borer on stage. On their recent tour through Europe I visited their first show in Cologne and was instantly blown away by the power the quartet delivered. Read More…