INFERNO Brings Astral Chaos on Paradeigma (Phosphenes of Aphotic Eternity)

             Metal continues thriving in Czechia as the long-standing INFERNO returns with their eighth full-length opus titled Paradeigma (Phosphenes of Aphotic Eternity). This shadowy manifestation moves further from the traditional sound of their works up through 2009’s Black Devotion, and deeper into the Avant-Garde direction beginning with 2013’s Omniabsence Filled by His Greatness. A hallucinogenicContinue reading “INFERNO Brings Astral Chaos on Paradeigma (Phosphenes of Aphotic Eternity)”

Five Releases that Blackened April

            This year has offered many great albums so far, but it’s clear that Metal in 2021 is just beginning to leave its mark. April had a number of highlights that affirm Black Metal and its grimness will remain long after the last snows have passed, and glimpses ahead show there will be much moreContinue reading “Five Releases that Blackened April”

FUNEBRIA Embraces the Shadows on Death of the Last Sun

            The last flicker of a dying light is snuffed with the return of this Blackened Death entity from Columbia. It’s been six years since the release of Dekatherion: Ten Years of Hate & Pride, and now FUNEBRIA emerges with their third shadowy manifestation titled Death of the Last Sun. This new offering unleashes theContinue reading “FUNEBRIA Embraces the Shadows on Death of the Last Sun”

CANNIBAL CORPSE Brutalizes with Violence Unimagined

            The Death Metal titans have returned with their next slab of crushing brutality titled Violence Unimagined. A new CANNIBAL CORPSE release is always a special occasion, but this one is especially significant for two reasons: It’s the first without long-time guitarist Pat O’Brien since 1996’s Vile, and consequentially, it’s also the first to featureContinue reading “CANNIBAL CORPSE Brutalizes with Violence Unimagined”

WODE Reflects the Abyss on Burn in Many Mirrors

            Sinister emanations creep from the UK’s depths as WODE casts their third creation of infernality into our wretched world. This new conjuration expands upon the sound that began with 2016’s self-titled debut and continued on Servants of the Countercosmos a year later. It channels the pioneering spirit of classic Heavy Metal and 80’s elementsContinue reading “WODE Reflects the Abyss on Burn in Many Mirrors”

Ascension Through Futility – An Interview with NIHILISM

            Cataclysme Vers l’Ascendance is a mind-bending journey that NIHILISM recently unloosed on the planes of our existence, and my review led to questions that I had the opportunity to discuss with the creative force projecting its demented fury. Now that it’s had time to wreak proper havoc, we will delve further into the hellishContinue reading “Ascension Through Futility – An Interview with NIHILISM”

Five Highlights from March

            The first quarter of the year has passed, and with April firmly in progress it’s time to recognize a few other great releases that I encountered during the last month. This selection offers many shades of darkness worth exploring, and I encourage any thoughts or comments on other albums from March that deserve mention.Continue reading “Five Highlights from March”

NIHILISM Induces Madness on Cataclysme Vers l’Ascendance

            It’s logical to consider our existence as a fluke of the random and chaotic nature of the universe, and life as a futile absurdity with imagined purpose. This theory is naturally compatible with Black Metal, and NIHILISM is its Greek philosophical embodiment who, after debuting with the traditional blackened sound of 2019’s Obscurite Noir,Continue reading “NIHILISM Induces Madness on Cataclysme Vers l’Ascendance”

MARE COGNITUM Scorches Deep with Solar Paroxysm

          A fascination with the universe can match the infinity of space itself, and this allure naturally attracts bands within a genre of endless possibilities like Metal. One such project is led by sole member Jacob Buczarski, and nearly five years after 2016’s Luminiferous Aether, MARE COGNITUM has returned with the next full-length cosmic explorationContinue reading “MARE COGNITUM Scorches Deep with Solar Paroxysm”

MORK Leads with the Riff on Katedralen

           The blackened vision of Thomas Eriksen became manifest in 2013 with Isebakke, a necrotic album debuting one of the most relevant names in the modern Norwegian scene. With each subsequent release, MORK has channeled new energy into the classic Black Metal sound while further developing their own, and now, just two years afterContinue reading “MORK Leads with the Riff on Katedralen”