Author: acertaintaste

Album Review: Saidan- Visual Kill: The Blossoming of Psychotic Depravity

 

 

 

Jrock-inspired Black Metal Horror band Saidan return after two years with their highly anticipated third LP Visual Kill: The Blossoming of Psychotic Depravity

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EP Review: BA’AL – Soft Eyes

 

 

Sheffield’s BA’AL return with a concise catacomb of grief for new EP Soft Eyes

 

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EP Review: Vampyriia – Walking The Path To Eternity

 

 

Italy’s Vampyriia  present a new form of their black art with their latest EPWalking The Path To Eternity

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Album Review: Hekseblad – Kaer Morhen

 

Do you like your black metal dripping with malice and inspired by the witcher? Yes? Correct! well then strap in as Hekseblad, Fresh off a run of successful EP releases and a well-received Split (w/ Vér and Nachtheir) unveils their debut full-length Kaer Morhen

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Album Review: Cistvaen – At Light’s Demise

 

Cistvaen – At Light’s Demise

By Jools Green

Release date: (April 5 independent release)

Aptly named after the Celtic word for a burial chamber, given the often-funereal leanings of their lyrics and bleak doomy edge to their sound, Atmospheric Black Metal five-piece Cistvaen, follow-up on their 2021 debut EP Under the Silent Meadow Skies with their debut full-length offering, this time in both digital and physical format, the seven track, fifty-eight minute At Light’s Demise.

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Faidra – Militant: Penitent : Triumphant

 

Faidra – Militant: Penitent : Triumphant
By Jools Green
Release Date: 3rd November 2023 (Northern Silence Productions)

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Waldgeflüster – Unter bronzenen Kronen

 

Waldgeflüster – Unter bronzenen Kronen

Release date: 29 September (AOP Records)

By Jools Green

Following on from the successes of their 2021 studio full length Dahoam, German Black Metallers Waldgeflüster are back with a four track, twenty-eight-minute, special mini-album, a collection of autumnal songs, consisting of three reimagined pieces that include two covers, and a reworking of one of their own tracks alongside a new piece.

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Ofnus – Time Held Me Grey And Dying

Ofnus – Time Held Me Grey And Dying
by Jools Green
Release date: June 30th (Naturmacht Productions)

Forming recently, in 2021, Welsh Atmospheric/Melodic Black Metal outfit Ofnus, are taking the Black Metal scene by storm, I was recently blown away by their live performance supporting Wayfarer at my local venue, winning me over within the first half of the opening track of their set, Burned By the Soul Of The Moon, I was even more surprised to discover afterwards it was only their third live performance, although their line-up does consist of members from familiar bands from the scene; Agrona, Black Pyre, Blind Divide and Democratus, so they bring a wealth of experience with them and at the announcement of a debut studio album, Time Held Me Grey And Dying, I was literally falling over myself with excitement to grab the opportunity to review it.

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Interview: Wraithstorm (Alicia Cordisco)

I used to actively avoid any music I felt wasn’t fast or aggressive enough. The faster the better. I wanted Dark Funeral. I wanted Keep of Kalessin. I wanted The Berzerker.

What a fool I was.

In the last year or so I’ve been trying to play catchup with slower and more melodic metal. I went through numerous “top ten” or “best of” lists for the multiple doom offshoot genres to acquaint myself with the classics. For some reason, I found that I was particularly drawn to funeral doom. What a turnaround from the militant stance my younger self took! The most melancholic, slowest metal genre there is turned out to be my personal favourite.

I’m always pleased to find new music I love, but especially so for new funeral doom because the niche for this genre is so small. I was delighted earlier this year to discover Wraithstorm, a three-piece from the good old U.S of A.

I have listened to their debut album Unseen & Unfound at least once a week since I discovered it, so you can imagine how happy I was when bassist and lyricist Alicia Cordisco agreed to answer a few questions.

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Blackbraid – BlackBraid I

Now I am going to start this off with a question – Can one man be responsible for quite possibly the most anticipated black metal release of the year? My view is yes and here is why

Native American Black Metal solo project hailing from the Adirondack Mountains – ✔️

Non-Typical Black Metal artwork – ✔️

Raw and Powerful – ✔️ (more…)