It has been a fantastic year for black metal. Releases from all over the black metal spectrum have been hitting listeners left and right. From the return of legends like Wolves In the Throne Room to tripped out new comers in the vein of Asira, black metal has both reborn and brought back to its essentials in 2017. As deep winter descends and the year winds down to a close, the book of frostbitten sounds must remain open for just a little more as we induct Nullingroots among these great names. These guys have been active since 2014 and have always paddled in a type of post black metal that should be immediately accessible and appealing to fans of the classics; there’s something remaining here of the austere and depressing atoms of the genre, gilded with plenty of progressive and gaze-y influences.
Let’s get something out of the way before we begin: FUCK CANCER. Cancer is, without a doubt, one of the worst plagues that humanity has ever faced, as close to the Borg as we’ll ever see in real life (I hope) in the sense of an unstoppable, uncaring and all-encompassing force of destruction. Fighting it is an uphill battle and one in which we have made strides towards victory but are as far as ever from an ultimate triumph. Resources are needed and must be pooled if we want to keep pushing back against this thing and we should all contribute how and when we can.
Take Silenmara as an example; this Miami progressive death metal based band started #shredforthecure, a subsidiary foundation set up to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
December is invariably a great month for musical discovery; less albums are being released but more people are combing into the year that has gone by and finding overlooked gems. Case in point, Ethnor’s Exile. This excellent EP was introduced to me by Noyan just before our podcast and boy is it good; it digs a bit deeper into the whole “death metal with oriental influences” thing that Shokran have been exploring for a while and adds a ton of progressive flourishes. The result is an album that knows how to be heavy as all hell when it wants to, experimental and moody at other times and overall incredibly interesting and complex. Let’s head on down below for your first taste and meet afterwards to discuss!
It’s the time of the year! We’re discussing our favorite albums of the year, or more specifically, the albums that are most worthy of discussion. Before we jump into the meat, we talk about two news items – Hark calling it quits and this very cool neural network paper…