Hybrid Nightmares – Obelisk

There has always been a tension between the more irreverent and serious sides of Hybrid Nightmares. On one hand is the clearly black metal band’s refusal to “restrict themselves to any one style of metal” and insistence that they “are able to capture a sound that transcends genre”; on the…

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Downfall of Gaia – Ethic Of Radical Finitude

Downfall of Gaia are one of those rare bands where there’s a compelling argument to make for any of their releases being a personal favorite. From the gnarled neocrust of Epos to the post-metallic somberness of Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes and Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay to the urgent melodic-black-metal infused Atrophy, they’ve never quite retread the same ground twice.…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – October 2018

Maybe it’s the change in the weather, or the average day falling into an early, seemingly perpetual night. Perhaps it’s the trees, left barren and naked against the pale sky. Or it could be my own sense of depleted, frustrated exhaustion as the end of the year draws nigh. Regardless…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – July 2018

2018 has been quite the year for metal as a whole. With big releases from big bands hitting all the high notes, and several subgenres experiencing some of their most consistently impressive output in decades, it’s fairly safe to say that this has thus far been a premium year for…

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…

Release Day Roundup – 7/6/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

Hey! Listen To Chateau!

Sure, we talk a lot on here about how good New England’s metal and hardcore scene is, but let’s not forget that North Carolina has really been stepping up the quality of its bands over the past several years. Though black metal certainly isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you picture the crop of bands that come out of this area, Raleigh’s Chateau are clearly onto something special here. Though they only have a demo and one EP to their name as of right now, they’re about to release Moons Over the Slaughter, an impressive four-song bludgeoning that’s as evil as it is entertaining.

Black Hate – Through the Darkness

How many black metal bands in the past have proven to be truly progressive, innovative or even avant garde? You might find several bands that fit that niche. Even some big acts in black metal could be included under the Progressive black metal umbrella, such as Enslaved and Ihsahn. Let’s turn our attention to Black Hate now. Hailing from Mexico, the promising group have released an album that pushes the “black metal” label in directions seldom seen. With Through the Darkness we have an album that breathes new life into tired black metal tropes and dares to stand on it’s own. So what do they do differently that sets them apart from their peers? What can we correlate Through the Darkness with to find out what makes it unique?