Schammasch – Triangle, an Analysis Of

covertriangle2The Swiss avant-garde black metal band Schammasch – name taken from Šamaš, the Mesopotamian God of Justice – will release their third full-length album, simply titled Triangle, on April 29th. As the name suggests, the concept of this highly ambitious work is tripartite, each side clocking in at 33:30. Yes, that makes for more than a hundred minutes of music! Inspired by Richard MacDonald‘s sculptures, the cover album portrays circus artist Sasha Krohn, falling into nothingness, photographed by Ester Segarra. Every side of the Triangle has its own identity, and feels very unique, they deal with various concepts, Read more

Book of Sand – The Face of the Deep

RELEASE-distro-bookofsandBook of Sand is a black metal one-man band that has been around since 2009, and The Face of the Deep is their fifth full-length. It seems that, specifically for this release, they went out of their way and dove head first in experimental and avant-garde waters. However I feel they did so in the shallow and might have broken their neck…

Their previous catalogue comprises pretty traditional black metal with various external influences that almost go unnoticed if it were not for the addition of violin. Some songs are very decent, like “Arran Boat Song“, with its contemplative monotony, … Read more

Atena – Shades of black won’t bring her back

In your fucking face. That is how this album will feel and that is great. Catchy grooves that are met with interesting layers and song structure bring life to this album. It just keeps you interesting in the content while giving you dynamic range to rest your ears from the typical squashed modern sound many bands seem to enjoy.

Atena seems like the kind of band that would be excellent to see live. Shouting, singing, grooves for days just make you want to shout along with the band and push everyone around you.

The production on it is a great … Read more

The Eyjafjallajökull, double Icelandic metal review: Momentum and Misþyrming

Momentum started out in 2003, in the capital Reykjavik, where more than a third of Iceland’s population resides. With black and death metal roots, they have evolved their very own sound, which could be vaguely described as psychedelic progressive doom. Their latest album, The Freak Is Alive, shows the band in its best form yet: heavy and slow riffs, intricate drumming, low vocals that sound like they’re from a Russian choir, and the use of uncommon instrumentation in some parts (sitar and bells, for example). All of this makes for an interesting listen that doesn’t wear out after repeated… Read more

Review: Spectral Lore – III

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

News: Rise, the romantic band

Rise is a French band, probably rooted in black metal, but with very few of it in its music. There’s alt sounds, indie, and other styles of metal mixed together in such a way as to, like the band itself puts it, subordinate form to content, encourage freedom of treatment, emphasize imagination, emotion, and introspection, and seek and ecstasy through dreams, morbid and sublime, which is the very definition of “romanticism”. That’s why they call themselves romantic, in the literal sense, and I agree with that, listening to their song About Duality.

And I think you should, … Read more

Rorcal’s New Album is the PERFECT Blend of Black Metal & Doom

I can’t express how much I love this album. I’m dying to hear this album live. The intensity of this album is beyond belief. The true beauty in it all is the way that they are not just intense of their black metal vibe that is the majority of the album but in their moments when they kick in the doom and just make you want to eat all the babies within 5 miles of you.

This album NEVER has a dull moment. Energy and atmosphere are the best words you can think of. Black metal with a great touch … Read more

A Forest of Stars – Gatherer of the Pure Music Video; Atmospheric blackened progressive metal, Ala later Arcturus

The sort of mad polka/demonic circus music brings back memories of Arcturus. This UK based metal outfit impresses with a bleak, yet melodic and incredibly atmospheric attack. Coupled with a strange cartoon silhouette music video, it certainly makes for an interesting experience.

Enjoy!

-Trapper… Read more