Dool - Here Now, There Then

Joined forces from Ellen Bandita, Gold or The Devil’s Blood created DOOL. With their fist album “Here Now, There Then” they present a well blended mixture of dark rocking music. Combining influences of Batcave and Gothic Rock with psychedelic Rock of the 70s and this gloomy occult vibe, DOOL make an impressive debut. “Here Now, There Then” uses bitter sweet melodies to tell its dark story. Mainly carried by vocalist Ryanne van Dorst many hooklines bewitch the audience and stick to the ear. Read More…

Lantern - II: Morphosis

LANTERN are back with their second album “II: Morphosis”. And they keep delivering an unique and obscure blend of all kinds of extreme metal. Just to push their eloquent style to another level. The foundation is still based on early Morbid Angel. Many riffs are in the abstract style of “Blessed Are The Sick” or “Domination”, ranging from slimy and crawling to obscure and vile. Mixing in some thrashing uptempo beats and riding grooves as well as black metal harmonies and atmosphere LANTERN developed their very own sound. Read More…

Venenum - Trance Of Death

With their first sign of life VENENUM had quite some impact within the underground. Their self-titled EP were furious 30 minutes of raw death metal combined with eerie melodies and sinister atmosphere taken from black metal. All mixed playfully into a exciting blend, VENENUM displayed a lot of interesting potential. But it should last six years for another release. So “Trance Of Death” is a critically acclaimed album for this year for sure. Read More…

Vaiya - Remnant Light

Originally released in 2014, “Remnant Light” gets a new incarnation this year via Nordvis. This is great, because otherwise I had missed this awesome album. And I’m pretty sure many other people might have missed it as well. But it would be a pity if “Remnant Light” wouldn’t get more attention. It is a harsh yet beautiful journey, packed with a variety of emotions and tasty musical ingredients. VAIYA serves just three songs, running 13 minutes each, to form this debut. Read More…

Gevurah - Hallelujah!

GEVURAH is part of the Kabbalah, an esoteric method, discipline, and school of thought that originated in Judaism. GEVURAH means “power” and “energy”. Both attributes that describe “Hallelujah!” very well. It is an extreme and intense album. Full of (dark) energy and ritualistic moments. It is furious thunder and vile majesty. It is the fine art of destruction, manifested somewhere between black and death metal. Sure, there are some obvious moments that remember more traditional black metal bands. Read More…