Converge – The Dusk in Us

In retrospect, it seems like Converge have always released albums in pairs. Conceding that 1994’s Halo in a Haystack and 1995’s Caring and Killing are essentially the same record; there’s the raw, abrasive coupling of Petitioning the Empty Sky (1996) and When Forever Comes Crashing (1998); the openly hostile, definitive…

Veil of Maya – False Idol

In 2015, metalcore pioneers Veil of Maya released their fifth album Matriarch. It was their first record with clean vocals on it, courtesy of new vocalist Lukas Magyar. Depending on who you ask, the injection of this new blood either reinvigorated the group, poisoned them, or worse, made them sound like a Periphery clone. Whether…

Hey! Listen to Havukruunu!

Havukruunu have masterminded one of the most well-crafted albums released this year — black metal or otherwise. Kelle surut soi blends the encompassing and hypnotic atmospheres of atmoblack with the aggression of straight-up black metal, spiced with the exuberance and creativity of folk black to marry it all together. This…