Abbath – Outstrider

Say what you will about his corpse paint and his knack for iconic promotional photography posing, but Abbath still has it. Most questions and doubts should’ve been settled by 2016s stellar Abbath, but we metal fans are fickle and panic-prone when it comes to new music. Turns out that after listening Outstrider (Season of Mist), Abbath was no fluke. After decades of working as a professional musician and penning several stone-cold classics with Immortal, Abbath still has plenty left in the tank. Continue reading

Skaldic Curse – Devourer

Skaldic Curse was a band from UKBMs early 2000’s heyday, featuring members of Fen, Akercocke, and other contemporaries. Sadly, defunct after their second album World Suicide Machine I must admit I was rather surprised to see this album in my inbox for review as they officially split up back in 2011. Continue reading

Emperor’s In The Nightside Eclipse Turns 25

Truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to the entire Norwegian Black Metal scene, its founding epoch, and its legacy. A lot of text has been written about how terrible certain characters in the scene were. Every band at the time seemed to revel in being befouled by the stain of their actions. Emperor is no different and was a vital part of that scene. Having made amends to whatever level they can mea culpa their mistakes as kids, their names no less ruined than their peers. Musically, however, they have few equals in terms of what they put down. Their full-length debut album In The Nightside Eclipse (Candlelight Records) is still one of the gold-standard Black Metal albums ever made, and worthy of deep analysis on the silver- anniversary of its release. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Death On Fire And Corpsepaint And Dayglo- “Hope”

Chicago Melo-Death merchants Death On Fire have paired up with Corpsepaint And Dayglo for a split release of originals and covers. The bands seem evenly matched through 10 gnarly tracks! In addition to some killer tracks by both bands, the covers include each band putting a new spin on old classics from Duran Duran, Prince, INXS, Tom Petty, Immortal, and Darkthrone! Expect the unexpected when these two bands get together! Death on Fire released their last full length early in 2018 with their Witch Hunter album, while this EP marks the debut for Corpsepaint and Dayglo. Let’s all get weird and loud right now!

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Inexorum – Lord of the Lakes

I’m a firm believer in giving an album a chance, over the years there have been many albums which I’ve gone on to regard as some of my very favorites which took six or seven, or even more, listens before they finally clicked in. So when the debut album Lore of the Lakes (Gilead Media) by Inexorum didn’t manage to raise the pulse rate even slightly I was not too perturbed, although let’s be fair you do expect a bit more from black metal, its raison d’être, after all, is to shock. Continue reading