Category: Atmospheric Black Metal

ColdWorld – Autumn

Eight years. That is the length of time that has passed awaiting the successor to Melancholie²–the stellar debut of ColdWorld, the atmospheric black metal project of Georg Bӧrner. The inherent danger of such a time lapse is the prospect of being forgotten; however, with Autumn—an album that is more than worth the wait–ColdWorld erases all doubts and reestablishes their place within depressive atmospheric black metal. (more…)

Deafheaven – New Bermuda

Poser black metal! The cry of black metal purists as they scoff at Deafheaven, a band that has quickly grown in popularity, even appealing to, and often playing as the lone metal band at hipster-themed festivals. Some metal elitists may not even consider Deafheaven to be metal, which very much is a reach to argue due to the number of metal elements that form the core of their sound. I, on the other hand, am not a black metal purist, nor do I even consider myself a metalhead, therefore I have no need to confine myself to the perceived rules of a genre. Deafheaven eschews the lyrical themes and tone of black metal, yet incorporate other styles of metal and focus on emotional personal-oriented lyrics to forge their own blend of metal. This continues to be the case for Deafheaven’s third full-length album, New Bermuda. (more…)


Ghost Bath – Moonlover

I had believed that my interest in metal had waned so much in recent years that I found it unlikely that I would find another metal band that would garner any interest from me. Yet, here I am positively intrigued by the music on Ghost Bath’s Moonlover. Apparently after trolling the metal press over their supposed Chinese origins for several years, Ghost Bath revealed their true home as North Dakota. Moonlover is the group’s second full-length release and (more…)


Urfaust – Ritual Music For The True Clochard (Compilation)

Seems like just yesterday I had first heard of Urfaust. I can’t remember exactly how I crossed paths with this band, as it was around the same time I was getting into Circle of Ouroborus, but holy shit is Urfaust amazing. (more…)


Coldworld – Melancholie²

Coldworld was among my first introductions into the realm of depressive atmospheric black metal and, although, many bands share a similar style, Coldworld has managed to maintain my attention. Coldworld is the brainchild of Georg Börner of Germany, who composes all of the instrumentation and vocals. Melancholie² is currently the only full-length release, but a mighty fine release at that–perfectly apt for nights stuck in a blizzard or those tortuous nights of solitude. (more…)


Crown of Asteria – Cycles (EP)

Lately I realize I have been listening to a lot of one man black metal projects, and was wondering about any type of one woman projects such as this. In the search, I stumbled across Crown of Asteria. Crown of Asteria is a one woman atmospheric black metal/neofolk project by Meghan W. of Michigan. Upon further inspection, I was actually pretty damn impressed. (more…)


Ardour Loom – Demo (Demo)


I ran across the Ardour Loom demo tape while searching online for music to purchase, and heard an excerpt of it on Youtube. When I heard it, I immediately had to have it. Ardour Loom is an atmospheric black metal project featuring members of doom metal band Aldebaran. I am not familiar with that band, but given what I have heard with this tape, they would be something I would need to check out. (more…)


Negură Bunget – Vîrstele Pamîntului

In 2009, three of the members of Negură Bunget left the band due to irreconcilable differences, later forming Dordeduh, leaving just drummer Negru to carry on with the Negură Bunget name. After filling out the band, Vîrstele Pamîntului was released in 2010. (more…)


Manii – Kollaps

Manii owes its origins to what seemed to have been the demise of Norwegian avant-garde band Manes. Manes began in the 90s as an obscure black metal band that obtained a cult following with some black metal demos and full-length album Under Ein Blodraud Maane. However, soon after this release Manes alienated much of their cult black metal fanbase by venturing into an Ulver-esque avant-garde direction. (more…)


Heretoir – .Existenz (EP)

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This EP is the first piece of work released by German atmospheric black metal band Heretoir. .Existenz establishes the sound that is expected from an atmospheric black metal band, but I find Heretoir to be among the better ones that play in the depressive black metal style. The overall atmosphere is melancholic, dark, and introspective, while the lyrics are in German. The EP opens with the instrumental Erwachen Im Dunkel, which slowly builds up with pummeling drums, introspective guitar, and a raw atmosphere. (more…)