Category: Black Metal

Abbath – Abbath

Abbath is an amusing man and a legend in the black metal scene. While he made his name in Immortal, he was recently kicked out of that band for his antics and has gone on to release his first solo self titled album. While not vastly different from Immortal’s most recent effort All Shall Fall, I find Abbath’s introductory solo effort a solid and groovy album that is easily accessible.

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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…)

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Inquisition – Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith

The outward appearance of black metal, with its emphasis on Satanism, corpse paint, and the attempts to appear evil have made it difficult for me to take the genre seriously without viewing it as a gimmick. However, Inquisition is one black metal band that I have taken exception to. With origins in Colombia, the duo of Inquisition consists of Dagon on vocals/guitars and Incubus on drums. Recent Inquisition albums have had a thematic focus towards a form of cosmic Satanism, which continues to be the case with their newest release, Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith. (more…)

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Dimmu Borgir – Stormblåst

Becoming overly frustrated with the direction some of my favorite bands are heading these days, I decided to go back through my music catalog and listen to some older stuff I never checked out previously. I ran across Dimmu Borgir and decided to head back to their second album Stormblåst which I cannot recall ever hearing. For those who need an explanation, Stormblåst is Dimmu Borgir’s 2nd full length album released originally in 1996. While it was redone in 2006, I have yet to move on from the original release to hear that one so this please take that into account while reading my thoughts.

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Aryan Blood / Satanic Warmaster – Aryan Blood / Satanic Warmaster [Split]

In my lifelong musical journey, I had started out as listening to country music as a kid like Brooks & Dunn. Around 2000, I picked up a Wyclef CD and was into him as well as grunge bands like Cold & Staind. Then, mid 2000’s I got thrown into melodic death metal and power metal with bands such as In Flames, Opeth, and Celesty. Finally, about a year or two ago, I took my music a step further and ventured into the dark realm of Black Metal. While I could care less about Aryan Blood featured on this split, Satanic Warmaster is the artist who opened my doorway to the pits of hell and rabid ferocity black metal could offer. It is with great pleasure I bring you this short review of the Split that started it all. (more…)

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Karg – Malstrom

Another day, another ambient black metal album. I have been sitting on this Karg album for a few weeks, and finally got around to listening to it just recently. Karg is a one man project fronted by Austrian musician V. Wahntraum, also known as being the vocalist for Harakiri Of The Sky. Malstrom is my first foray into the world of Karg, and it has been a great experience thus far. (more…)

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Vulture Industries – The Dystopia Journals

The Dystopia Journals was the first album I sunk my teeth into by Avant-Garde metallers Vulture Industries. Being quite the interesting listen, this album is a classic in my book and should not be missed by any means. Vulture Industries plays an interesting sideshow-esque style of metal. The music is something you would hear at a satanic carnival. The Dystopia Journals is their first full length released in 2007 and a damn strong one at that. (more…)

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Mutilation Rites – Harbinger

Let me get this out of the way immediately; the reason I initially checked out this release was the cover. The cover reminds me so much of the Fleepa enemy from the old Nintendo game The Guardian Legend. If you have never played it, you are missing out on one of the greatest video games in existence… ahem. Back on track here, Mutilation Rites is a black metal group from New York who play immensely intense black metal. (more…)

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Almagest – Almagest (EP)

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Making my usual rounds on the web, I stumbled upon Almagest. From Minnesota, Almagest brings atmospheric black/doom metal of the cold and cosmic variety. When thinking of things to describe this release, deep space and black holes come to mind. (more…)

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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…)

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