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…

Myteri - Ruiner

A storm is blowing. Thunder growls from far away. A bleak and melancholic guitar opens for a lugubrious introduction. But after just two minutes Myteri is fed up with beeing somberly. That’s the moment when “Ruiner” explodes into furiosly fast d-beats. From this point the rest of the record is angry and hopeless. Yet still with this melancholic sadness and beautiful harmonies. But although “Ruiner” is a fast crustcore album, it is far away from beeing dull. Read More…

Wolves in the Throne Room - Thrice Woven

I think Wolves In The Throne Room do not need any further introduction. They were one of the early bands, next to Weakling or Alcest, that embossed the term “post-black metal”. Since their first album “Diadem Of The 12 Stars” they have their solid fan base and grew in both popularity and reputation within the scene. But their last record “Celestite” did not quiet match most expectations. To much Ambient sound and too little black metal. Read More…