Report | DARKTHRONE – Astral Fortress

            The Norwegian pioneers bringing forth a second consecutive full-length makes this quite the time to be alive, and Astral Fortress advances the doom of last year’s Eternal Hails….. with an array of aural elements. The video of Fenriz walking through the wilderness to “Caravan of Broken Ghosts” set an initial premise, and multiple songContinue reading “Report | DARKTHRONE – Astral Fortress

Analysis | VRYKOLAKAS Delves into Crypts on The Necromantic Revocation

            The fiendish masters of Singapore are back with another offering for 2022, and this time VRYKOLAKAS summons energies from a darkened past to wreak chaos through The Necromantic Revocation. This grimoire includes three hymns that were first witnessed on the demo of 1992, along with four others that are just now being unearthed, andContinue reading “Analysis | VRYKOLAKAS Delves into Crypts on The Necromantic Revocation

Analysis | SIGH Explores the Inevitable End on Shiki

            Death is one of life’s few certainties, with a fear of its approach being relatable for many of us, and this sentiment has become the artistic focus on a new trip from Japan’s masters of avant-garde extremity. While death is no stranger to the works of SIGH, age has led the chief songwriter, MiraiContinue reading “Analysis | SIGH Explores the Inevitable End on Shiki

Brief Reports From September 2022

            This year may be waning, but the black flame of extreme metal remains eternal as strong releases proliferate across our material realm, and now the time arrives once more to delve into some of those formidable offerings. Fierce energies and atmosphere wage a vicious strike on this selection from September, with tones of mysticismContinue reading “Brief Reports From September 2022”

Review | ΑΧΕΡΟΝΤΑΣ Transfigures Enchantingly on Malocchio-The Seven Tongues of Δαημων

            This new opus from ACHERONTAS somehow eluded my awareness upon release, and since I didn’t get to review 2020’s Psychic Death – The Shattering of Perceptions, which was still included on my top album list for that year, it seems necessary to step back and gaze into its successor. These Greek adepts are reveredContinue reading “Review | ΑΧΕΡΟΝΤΑΣ Transfigures Enchantingly on Malocchio-The Seven Tongues of Δαημων”

Review | BELPHEGOR Exercises a Ritualistic Multitude on The Devils

            Possession has taken hold as the renowned Austrian lords cast a new act of devilish perversity, and its spirit marks a glorious return after the considerable five-year void since Totenritual. This delay was mostly attributed to the past Covid situation, which only gave rise to further experimentation, preparation, and repressed frustrations, and now theseContinue reading “Review | BELPHEGOR Exercises a Ritualistic Multitude on The Devils

Brief Reports From August 2022

            The scorching lifeforce of this year is entering a state of decline, but great metal releases continue to emerge with unrelenting vigor, and now it’s time to explore a few that took form during the last month of Summer. This selection features some newer entities alongside others who are firmly established, with experimentation andContinue reading “Brief Reports From August 2022”

Review | DECAPITATED Returns Triumphant on Cancer Culture

            Death is the destination we all inevitably face, and its unstoppable spirit has been renewed by Poland’s illustrious wizards of brutality and groove, who’ve risen like a phoenix from the ashes after these past few harrowing years. Since overcoming the circumstances related to falsely accused crimes, DECAPITATED have seized an effective release from thoseContinue reading “Review | DECAPITATED Returns Triumphant on Cancer Culture

Review | NEGATIVE PLANE Constructs a Tempting Curse on The Pact…

            Architecture is one of the few appreciable traits a church can possess, with their arched and lofty features often capturing a gothic splendor, and now an eminent order in the USA has gathered similar artistic forms within a blackened aural medium. After eleven years of relative silence, NEGATIVE PLANE returns to embody the imposingContinue reading “Review | NEGATIVE PLANE Constructs a Tempting Curse on The Pact…

Review | ORIGIN Executes Lawless Precision on Chaosmos

            The universe continues expanding past its point of inception, and now the illustrious space-grinding epitome of that initial bang has returned with an extension of their own relentless force. Stamina and dexterity, which are hallmarks of a style making ORIGIN synonymous with hyperextremity, have collided once more amidst probable and perfectly aligned conditions, andContinue reading “Review | ORIGIN Executes Lawless Precision on Chaosmos