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:

Kvlt Kolvmn – January 2017

When I originally launched Kvlt Kolvmn back in 2015, my intention was to create an HLT-style outlet for all of the noteworthy releases I find while digging around for underground black metal. But as you can tell by the singular installment linked above…that didn’t end up happening. I never stopped my constant conquest for new BM, though, and I figured a new year would be a great opportunity to compile all of my findings in one place and jot down why I think they’re absolutely worth our readership’s time and attention. So here we are with Kvlt Kolvmn, Take Two – a monthly round-up of my top 10 favorite BM releases from the past 30 days. There’s a fair amount of variety here in terms of where these bands/one-man projects are from and the music they’re churning out, and my hope is you’ll find at least one of these albums worth your time (and, potentially, support). And while this might be self-explanatory, please comment with any releases I’ve missed out on but are definitely worth a spin.

Hey! Listen to Moloch!

If you like your black metal raw, depressive, foreboding, and just a tad wacky, take a look at Moloch. Their 2014 release Verwustung dabbles in ambient music, but fear not!. Although the first and last tracks (besides the oddball inclusion of Chopin’s Funeral March as a hidden track) are ambient snore-fests, the six tracks sandwiched between them are well-executed black metal bangers that more than make up for whomever’s idea it was to sit on a keyboard and call it ambient music.

REVIEW: Xasthur – Portal of Sorrow

Xasthur is a one man depressive black metal band spawning out of Alhambra, California and this is Malefic’s new album, and the last under the title “Xasthur”. When the album Portal of Sorrow starts off it’s abundantly clear that this isn’t Dimmu Burger production cost black metal. This is a…