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.
Tag: Black Metal
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.
I’ve been slowly getting into more and more raw black metal lately, and I’m not gonna lie: This badass epic album cover is what made me check out Drowning The Light’s album The Serpent’s Reign. First off, before even beginning my review, vocalist Azgorh looks extremely badass in damn near every picture I’ve ever seen of him. His photographer is amazing. (more…)
I do not listen to very much black metal, but over the past few years, I had stumbled upon folk-influenced black metal bands, like Negura Bunget. I then looked for metal bands from the Basque region of Spain, where my family is from. Aiumeen Basoa hails from the Basque Country in northern Spain. They play folk-influenced black metal replete with Basque and European folk instruments. The black metal style vocals are entirely in the Basque language. The Basque language is one of the oldest languages in the world and has no other known linguistic relative, so the atmosphere of this album is unique. Lyrically the album deals with Basque mythology and folk tales. Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik (more…)
Lately, I have been listening to a lot of bands that have their background heavily influenced by black metal, but they are folk or some other genre. Upon going deeper into that root and finding other good music I had never heard, I stumbled upon a genre “Blackgaze”, which is Black Metal mixed with Shoegaze. From there, I found this band, Sun Devoured Earth, and am I ever glad I did. Sun Devoured Earth is a one man band from Latvia, consisting of a man named Vadim Vasilyev. The Sunshine Always Fades is the (more…)