Ihsahn – Arktis

If you randomly sampled this man’s career, especially if you took into account his long years with Emperor and his countless guest spots on other musicians’ music, you’d have no way of knowing what your sample would sound like. He has dealt with black metal, avant-garde, nordic prog, and many, many more genres. However, it is without a doubt that he is an artist rather than a random dabbler, possessing of an artistic direction that leaves a distinct mark on everything he records. His newest offering, Arktis, is no different.

Hope Drone – Cloak of Ash

I’m beginning to think that it’s impossible (for me, anyway) to review a post-black metal record without making comparisons and contrasts to the genre at large and making wild generalizations to the style’s increasingly routine and undifferentiated landscape. When speaking on Vattnet Viskar’s Settler, I opined that the group achieved…