ALBUM REVIEW: MØL – Diorama


One thing became crystal clear very quickly after listening to MØL’s most recent effort, Diorama: this band can do it all. They’ve devised eight elegant tracks to prove just that, frankly leaving fans wanting more. Listed as “Post-Black Metal/Shoegaze” on the Metal Archives, these Danes dabble in Progressive Rock, Black Metal, Melodic Death Metal and even a snippet of Pop Punk. Another appealing aspect of MØL’s Nuclear Blast debut is the apparent influences vocalist Kim Song Sternkopf takes from fellow Scandinavians Dark Tranquillity and Omnium Gatherum. There is even a whiff of Parkway Drive.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Constellatia – The Language of Limbs – Season of Mist


South African post-Black outfit Constellatia arrived just two short years ago, and already last year’s debut album The Language of Limbs (Season of Mist) has earned a power-label reissue. A blast of atmospheric harshness and aching melody with a touch of doomed romance, its four tracks are a paean to the outer edges of Emotion.Continue reading


Alcest Adds London Date to Tour with Birds In Row and Kælan Mikla


Alcest, by Rich Price Photography

Alcest previously announced March 2020 tour dates in support of their recent album Spiritual Healing (Nuclear Blast Records). will hit the road again, in support of their new studio album Spiritual Instinct, that saw the light of day last month. The band has now added a London show date to the UK leg, set to take place on March 4th at Heaven. French hardcore punk act Birds In Row as well as the Icelandic synth-pop trio Kælan Mikla will provide direct support on all dates. Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 55: Neige of Alcest Talks About His “Spiritual Instinct”


Blackgaze legends Alcest are releasing their new album Spiritual Instinct via their new label Nuclear Blast Records on October 25th. We caught up with bandleader Neige all about the process of making the new album, the differences between Kodama, reincorporating more extreme and heavy sounds, hos love of 1980s post-Punk music, his feelings about concept albums, collaborating on artwork, and a lot more!

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SAOR – Forgotten Paths


Folk Metal is a curious genre. Oftentimes it can be undeservingly treated with ridicule; when a pair of violins and a flute appear onstage alongside a BC Rich plenty of jeers can come the way of the performers. Sometimes the ridicule is fully deserved as the folk influence can become painfully twee affair: see Eluveitie or Turisas at times. On rare occasions, however, a traditional sway can produce truly beautiful results; see, in this case, SAOR.Continue reading