Ungfell -  Tôtbringære

After a demo and a split with Dakhma, this is the very first album by Swiss Ungfell. At first listen I was somehow deterred by the thin and low-fi recording. But don’t judge this record by its sound! Musically “Tôtbringære” offers some fine black metal with medieval / folk influences and a very own touch. Frankly, it makes me somehow nostalgic and reminds me of some releases by deceased Last Episode Records. Read More…

Viscera/// - 3: Release Yourself Through Desperate Rituals

Viscera/// is an odd and unique band. First time I got in touch with them, was their outstanding album “2: As Zeitgeist Becomes Profusion of the I”. I was totally blown away from this intense mixture of hardcore with post-metal elements. Unfortunately Viscera/// went out of my sight and I missed the following releases. But after a few splits and collaborations there finally is a new album and it brings Viscera/// to another level. Read More…

Buioingola - Il Nuovo Mare

“Il Nuovo Mare” has a dark and abstract artwork. It totally fits to the music presented by Buioingola and gives a slight indication towards the bizarre style of this record. Although the main theme is (post-)black metal, this album offers an unique blend that goes far beyond. To be honest, it is hard to describe the style of Buioingola. As said, the foundation is black metal. Sometimes more traditional, but most of the time in the more contemporary style between post-black metal and blackgaze. Read More…

Fäulnis - Antikult

Many black metal bands use the term “kvlt”. The want to form an elitist and occult image, try to connect to those “glorious days” of the genre. But Fäulnis is not any black metal band. So it is quite logic that they state an antithesis with their third record “Antikult”. But still maintain their roots in the bleakest moments of this genre, mixing in slight elements of punk and doom. Read More…

Woe - Hope Attrition

A heavy polluted sky and industrial chimneys mark the nihilistic artwork. The title of this album is not less pessimistic. “Hope Attrition”. WOE create a dark and hopeless imagery for their forth full-length. Although this attitude continues on wide parts of their music, it does not picture the whole range of this album. At the first listen “Hope Attrition” is a relatively straight and aggressive release. Grimm and frostbitten guitars create a cold atmosphere. Read More…