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

Jute Gyte – Discontinuities

Microtonal experimental black metal from Missouri, those guys are a pretty unique outfit.

Their quarter-toned fretboards bring a different texture to their long songs that is welcome in this age of formalism.

So if you seek something relatively new and unexplored, you can get Discontinuities for free if you like to, or donate a little sum to support this band!

-D… Read more

Cormorant – Dwellings (2011)

Listen to this while you read!

Cormorant’s third is the one! If you didn’t know Cormorant yet, their own blend of death/black/progressive metal, it is the time to, because Dwellings is one hell of an album!

Close to an hour of material goes on with this one!

And the artwork… Could you ask for a better artwork than this one? Seriously?

Mid-paced goodness, violence turning into contemplation, and some WTF moments. Dwellings feature great guitar playing and composition by Nick Cohon and Matt Solis. There are catchy riffs, soaring leads and solos. The bass is not too much hidden in … Read more

Moon – Caduceus Chalice (2010)

Listen to this while you read!

 You are walking through a dark and mysterious forest.  It’s the middle of winter, so there is snow on the ground and a chill to the air.  The forest sprawls across the base of a mountain and extends far up the side of it.  The soundtrack to your walk?  Moon’s “Caduceus Chalice”, a black metal demo that harkens back to the glory days of the genre.

The demo kicks off with the atmospheric “In Shadow” before kicking into “Forest Samhain”, a song that’ll make the listener feel like they’ve stepped back in time to … Read more

Brume d’Automne – Brume d’Automne

Brume d’Automne (Autumn Mist in English, if you haven’t figured out already) is a savage, beastly, untamed monster. I’m sure the band draws inspiration from the tales of the Bonhomme 7 heures in Quebec, that mysterious character used by parents to scare their children and make sure they’re in bed soon, although not sleeping and shitting their pants.

This black-metal band with folk influences sings in French, but you fat-ass American won’t bother because there is little chance you will actually be able to decipher the language in which that monster sings.

If you do care about lyrics, on the … Read more