Kvlt Kolvmn – March 2017

Well, third time’s a charm, I guess—this here is the third consecutive installment of Kvlt Kolvmn Take Two, a monthly round-up of my favorite BM releases from the past 30-ish days. The only reason I’m surprised I could fill the column out this month is because of relatively little time I spent with black metal this month; there was just way too much incredible music coming out from virtually every other genre (seriously, if you haven’t yet, take a read through this month’s Editors’ Picks). Still, the black metal I did listen to was some of the best I’ve heard so far this year, with one album currently in the running for my BM AOTY. So without further ado, let’s dive in:

Cloak of Altering – Manifestation

Metal, for all it’s claims of being “dark” and “disturbing”, so rarely ever is, leaning far too much on overwrought horror movie cliches as the backbone of it’s counterculture schtick. Even bands who do explore genuinely disturbing themes in their lyrics often fail to make instrumentation that conveys an atmosphere…

Cloak Of Altering – Plague Beasts

Death. Insanity. Formless horrors that lurk the void between worlds. Cloak of Altering, the new project from Dutch avante-garde madman Mories (Gnaw Their Tongues) conjures ghastly, otherworldly visions of things that flee from the light. Psychotic, washed out hip-hop beats assail the listener, bathed in warbling reverberations of distortion, while…