Australian progressive blackers Ur Draugr just announced With Hunger Undying, their upcoming album, and for that we get to hear “Fertile Crescent”, their tasty, blasty new song!
The album will come out November 23rd on ATMF. You can pre-order it here or be wiser and wait to actually hear the whole album before putting any penny down. However, I have to say that this song is pretty damn good!… Read more
Experimental black metal has lately been a thing I opened about, and I’m glad I did. The amount of incredibly good music that this genre hosts is mind-boggling, and I won’t ever forgive myself to not have opened up to the marvellous world of black metal before that. That being said, the latest band I became acquainted with is Kvøid, a duo from Portland whose first album, Nihility, came out September 23rd of this year.
First off, the amount of field recordings and minor seconds on this album is rather impressive. It reminds me somewhat of Ulcerate and … Read more
Coming all the way from South Africa is Wildernessking, the progressive atmospheric black metal band, releasing their second full-length album Mystical Future, after their 2012 debut and two EP’s in the meantime.
With extensive songs, often longer than 8 minutes, they give themselves time to patiently lay down an atmospheric vibe that will be fully exploited throughout the song. This is most easily noticeable with the most calm song “To Transcend” because of the clean sound, but it remains true for the other songs, at least from what I could tell. That’s a common trait among atmospheric black … Read more
France doesn’t cease to bombard us with incredibly good metal. The newest on the list is Déluge and their debut album Æther.
Musically, it’s a sort of atmospheric post black metal with tidal blast beats and a barrage of distortion. Not that these attributes are uncommon in the genre, but they’re prominent and well-executed here. The axis of Déluge seems to be on the ebb and flow of dissonance in their chordal progressions, like the waves. It’s a really good approach that makes for an always moving portrait that is only rarely immobile, and even then it serves some … Read more
Les Mouvements is a French instrumental jazzu progressive rock duo comprised of a drummer and a fretless guitar-harp player. Yup, an instrument that is very rarely seen or heard, with the added bonus of fretlessness! How does that sound like? Listen to the video of Laminaires below to find out.
For those of you who do not know what a guitar-harp is, it’s a hybrid instrument usually consisting of a guitar, with added strings that are meant to be played openly, as accompaniment or else, and often tuned to form chords. Check out this picture to look at the sweet … Read more
is best known for their contemplative, mournful progressive black metal, like in their latest LP III, which we loved
! However, they’ve unveiled a facet of themselves that I did not know: ambient/electronic music. Those two music genres seem pretty antipodal, but, in the case of Spectral Lore, they serve the same purpose: create an atmosphere; immerse the listener into their world. The only difference is the approach.
What they usually did with guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, they now do only with synthesizers, and the result is marvellous. It’s no surprise, because they were already incredibly talented … Read more
Well, fuck me! I finally
am in love with that album. It wasn’t enough that Metal for music majors write a stellar review of it
, I just had to experience it on my own. I couldn’t let someone else make the journey for me and read his journal, it seems like I really had to live it. A few weeks ago, I decided to “give another chance” to that album, and listen to it on bandcamp… And I was ready, this time.
Spectral Lore is a Greek progressive black metal band that seems to have a rather short but … Read more
Snailking are, truly to their name, the kings of slow, sludgy, heavy, moody, drony doom music. Their sophomore album Storm only confirms that claim, and for those who can appreciate that kind of music, it’s a good one!
The slowly crawling riffs, the desperate cries, and the confined sound of the drums make for a particularly deranging experience, one that would be better appreciated in a live setting with the loud and constant drone inside your guts, and the pounding bass drum that makes your whole chest resonate. However, it is a problem that every band in … Read more
Souls-themed blackened doom metal band Soulmass delivers us, through their indiegogo campaign, their new album, otherwise due October 31st, entitled Despairing Fates. The album is full of great riffs and deep vocals, along with a sense of loss and despair in its oppressing atmosphere.
Bryan and Brett, the two men of the band, wrote lyrics based on the ever more sad and melancholic stories found throughout the games Demon’s Souls, and Dark Souls I and II. This kind of music really is the best to support such lyrical content and emotions, the weight of the … Read more
France’s post-apocalyptic metal As We Draw comes back with their sophomore album entitled Mirages. In short: it’s awesome!
Their first album, “Lines Breaking Circles”, really sold me on the band. Their sound was pretty unique and the music was in good part driven by the bass – which is really my soft spot. Mirages is the logical evolution of As We Draw: crafting longer songs (the title track clocks in at more than 10 minutes), and bringing more complexity in their music; in song structures as much as in their playing. They’ve really … Read more