ALBUM REVIEW: Ashen Horde – Antimony


 

Chipping away at the putrid exterior, Antimony (Transcending Obscurity) is Ashen Horde tackling a litany of musical techniques, touching upon elements of technical black and death metal. In doing so, guitar solos feel completely organic; the drums drive the rhythms throughout; and the sheer blasphemy housed within the guitars is palpable.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: …And Oceans – As In Gardens, So In Tombs


From crediting ventriloquist dummies with vocal performances to a former singer whose stage wear involved blue paint and a dress, it’s safe to say that Finnish act …And Oceans has a rather unique history. Starting life as a symphonic black metal act, guitarist and founder member Timo Kontio moved the band towards a more industrial sound before eventually choosing to alter their name accordingly. After releasing one full-length album as Havoc Unit, Kontio returned to the band’s original name and style in 2017, reuniting with former axe partner Teemu Saari along the way.Continue reading


CONCERT REVIEW: Misthyrming – Kringa – Ritual Death – Nubivagant Live at Gebr De Nobel


 

Happy new year! Time for the first show of this very fresh and unsullied year, and what better show than the opening night of the new album tour for Misthyrming. Having almost silently dropped one of the best black metal albums of 2022, Með hamri, in December, Misthyrming are doing a small tour through Europe. They are joined by Kringa, whose 2022 album All Stillborn Fires, Lick My Heart! should also feature high on the black metal 2022 lists, Ritual Death and Nubivagant. As the candles are lit and the skulls put out on their little tables, we’re in for a good evening’s entertainment.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Imperium Dekadenz – Into Sorrow Evermore


Into Sorrow Evermore (Napalm Records) marks the return of the German Black Metal two-piece Imperium Dekadenz, who wears the influence of the Norwegian second wave firmly on their sleeve, along with the inspiration of their Black Forest surroundings. The album is their seventh full-length release and dives deep into a landscape of atmospheric black metal, written as a symphony of aggressive yet uplifting music, woven around sweeping and mesmerising guitar riffs.Continue reading


STAFF PICKS: Matt Cook’s Top 25 Albums of 2022


One of the new additions to our global writing team this year was Matt Cook from the Boston area, where our roots run deep. He did a bang-up job for us covering many genres of metal, but usually landing on the grossest Death Metal, the kultest of Black Metal, some heavy Metalcore, or good ol’ punk. Check out his Top 25 Albums of 2022 here.

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GUEST POSTS: Mike Score of All Out War – Top 10 Albums of 2022


 

New York Metal legends All Out War will release their new album Celestial Rot on February 3rd, 2023, via the Translation Loss label. You can pre-order the album here. In the meantime, check out vocalist Mike Score’s Top 10 Albums of 2022!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Appalling – Sacrilege


 

With just a quick glance of the album art to Sacrilege (Personal Records), metalheads can quickly figure out what they are in for. Richmond, Virginia’s Appalling are back with more blasphemous, blackened death metal. According to legend (or possibly the band’s press release) the music on this album is so evil, that God tried to burn the band’s tour van with the group inside.

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Ghost Cult’s Albums of the Year 2022 Part 3 (20 – 1)


Press on, intrepid reader, to find out our top albums of 2022, as voted for by the cast, crew and hangers-on of the good ship Ghost Cult. Over 275 albums were nominated (including one stray and errant vote for Stryper… we’ve had words), some people lauded albums as the greatest of all time that no one else noticed, other albums picked up a steady stream of votes across the board without tickling the top of anyone’s charts, but through it all, we’ve been able to compile our team list of the best 75 albums of the year. And there are some absolute corkers, here. 75 of them, to be exact…

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