“True American Black Metal” by Filmmaker Bruce Moore Film Releases September 30th

Filmmaker and podcaster Bruce Moore of Brutally Delicious Productions (Brutally Delicious on YouTube, Brutally Delicious Podcast, Metal Health: Out of The Pit, Metal Missionaries, Metal Missionaries) is bringing forth his next music documentary, True American Black Metal. The film will release online on September 30th and you can see the most recent trailer below. The film highlights the underground of USBM artists, mostly from rural areas, including  Frost Like Ashes, Symphony of Heaven, Crimson Moon, Mystic Winter, Elgibbor, Vials of Wrath, Crimson Moonlight, Oculum Dei, O Majestic Winter, Pantokrator, Uzkost, Enthroned, Crest of Darkness, and more.

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Enthroned – “Silent Redemption”

Belgian kvlt Black Metal legends Enthroned have returned! The band will unleash their first new album since 2014’s Sovereigns this June! Cold Black Suns will arrive June 7th via Season of Mist and promises to bring with it twenty-five years of bleak sounds and philosophical lyrics. Produced and engineered by Carlos Ribeiro at Pike Studio in Amarante, Portugal the album was mixed by Jeremie Bezier and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano in the UK. Ghost Cult is proud to partner with the band and their new label to bring you their first new song, ‘Silent Redemption’! Continue reading

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2016 – Part I

Mayhem, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

As the world was setting up for Christmas, De Effenaar Eindhoven hosted the European metal scene’s unofficial office Christmas party known as Eindhoven Metal Meeting. With some heavy hitters on the bill, 2016’s edition of EMM was shaping up to be one for the ages. Continue reading

Kjeld – Skym

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After forming in 2003, Dutch quintet Kjeld has finally got round to releasing their debut album, with the wait presumably down to the difficulty the band has had in translating their lyrical concepts of anti-cosmic mysticism and the nature of death into the Friesian language, a difficult tongue to master. Well, the wait was worth it, for Skym (Hammerheart) is a suitably grim piece of Second-wave worship that fans of Gorgoroth and Enthroned will lap up like blood from a chalice.

With a knack for imbuing searing black metal riffs with a feeling of unease and coldness like the true greats of the genre, the band members have evidently put a lot of thought and effort into crafting the songs for this debut effort. The slightly murky production, with the snare drum in particular high in the mix, ensures that the atmosphere is claustrophobic and full of dread while the pace remains varied throughout.

Although rooted in the light-speed riffing of the Norwegian great and good, as demonstrated on the aggressive opening salvo of ‘Tûzen Sinnen’ and the title track, the lurch into mid-paced suicidal depressive black metal territory on the Forgotten Tomb-worshipping ‘Gerlofs Donia’ is evidence that the band have a few tricks up their sleeves, further demonstrated by the monolithic power of classy album closer ‘Bern Fan Freya.’

While their fellow countrymen Sammath failed to stake a claim for the importance of black metal from the Low Countries with the disappointing Godless Arrogance (Hammerheart), Kjeld has proven that relatively gimmick-free black metal still has a future and that there’s a lot to be said in waiting to ensure you get your debut release right instead of rushing things and being disappointed with the result. On that basis, Kjeld have begun their career in just the right way.

 

7.0/10

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JAMES CONWAY