Crucifyre Post Vulcanic Black

Since the very first moment I was introduced to Crucifyre I am in love with this band. “Infernal Earthly Divine” had this special feeling, this unique approach on mixing early extreme metal with speed and thrash metal, playing it in a doomy mood, while still creating both pushing and catching songs. With “Black Magic Fire” they continued their way, yet introduced even more musicality. No wonder that there where awesome hits on this record, causing in regular rotations on my stereo. Read More…

Greytomb - Monumental Microcosm

The Australian metal scene is somehow outstanding. With Ulcerate (as I may count New Zealand to Australia) it is the origin of the new genre post-death metal. And as bands like Beyond Terror, Beyond Grace or Departé served a similar mixture of post-rock, dense atmosphere and harsh extreme metal, the forward-thinking, progressive output of this country is really impressive. A new player - at least for me - to this original contemporary movement is Greytomb. Read More…

Absolutum

Interview

Absolutum

Under the moniker ABSOLUTUM members of Valborg, Owl, Fäulnis or Total Negation create their musical vision of nihilistic and baneful black metal with exciting keyboard arrangements. As they recently released an outstanding ep, I had to send some questions to guitar player and songwriter Kolf. Read More…

Blyh - Transparent to the World

A heart that tentacles grow. Grey on anthracite. Simple, minimalist. Somehow matching to the music covered by this reduced artwork. Not in terms of minimalism, more about the bleak atmosphere. But even this is not totally true. “Transparent To The World” is not just dull and dark. It has a dense atmosphere, ranging from deep nihilism to slight moments of hope and escapism. But I have to admit: I’m listening to the tape edition of this album, which was self released by the band in 2017. Read More…

Zeit - Konvergenz

After a couple of eps “Konvergenz” is the first full-length of German Zeit. And this debut shows their very own interpretation of black metal. It combines more traditional elements of the genre with some dark and muddy ingredients of sludge, post-rock, slight moments of punk and an interesting approach on song writing. Although there are influences from different styles of music, “Konvergenz” sounds coherent and fluent. Most turns within a song are a logical evolution of the main concept behind. Read More…