Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods

When Abbath left Immortal in 2015 it was largely assumed that the band itself was done for, with their iconic frontman reportedly intending to release the band’s newly completed material under his own moniker. Abbath’s self-titled solo venture (2016) came and went with seemingly little fanfare, however, and anyone who…

Kvlt Kolvmn // June 2018

Welcome to Kvlt Kolvmn, where the black metal runneth over! And from all over the world, apparently. This month’s wealth of quality releases come to you from Greece, New York, Italy, Portugal, Seattle and Sweden. Black metal truly knows no borders, as band’s from across the globe share an affinity…

Varathron – Patriarchs of Evil

The phrase “Patriarchs of Evil” is as a cool album title as it is a nod to Varathron themselves. A band celebrating 30 years since their inception – and now over a decade now with a steady lineup – it’s really not much of a stretch to say that Varathron has reached…

Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers

Black metal is formulaic in nature. The tropes of the genre have been recycled and reused on an endless spectrum. Bands have been integrating strange things into the style for a long time, yearning to breathe life into the cold and desolate sound beyond the standard helping of meat and…

Bridge Burner – Null Apostle

Anyone who followed metalcore in the mid-to-late-2000s and early 2010s (e.g. me) remembers the movement of bands who declared in unison “we’ve heard some extreme metal and want to be like Converge and Entombed.” Whether their persuasion lied with the black metal, sludge or elsewhere, the key for bands who succeeded (Gaza, Trap Them, etc.)…

Kvlt Kolvmn // May 2018

Hello, friends. Welcome once more to Kvlt Kolvmn. Another month, another helping of fantastic black metal. May was a veritable smorgasbord of the good stuff, but also deftly displayed the variety in theme, style, and execution that makes black metal just the very best. A quick peek below at this…