Promises Kept: How Oathbreaker Have Raised The Bar for Post-Black Metal

Today’s musical landscape moves and changes faster than ever before, aided largely by the internet and social media. As such, new genres of music evolve at a far more rapid pace than they ever did in the pre-internet Dark Times. Post-black metal is one such relatively young and nascent genre, and it’s already seen a significant amount of creative innovation and commercial success.

Lesbian – Hallucinogenesis

Given their awkward name, it’s no surprise that Seattle-based doom merchants Lesbian have had some trouble breaking through after more that a decade of activity. Years of development in blending psychedelic prog, black metal, and sludge (not to mention a load of drugs) lead to the release of 2013’s critically praised and criminally ignored Forestelevision, an hour-long single track that hopped through various musical vignettes that paid off in a King Diamond-worshiping heavy metal climax that may as well have crowned the group as doom metal’s weirdest act.

Hey! Listen To The Drowned God!

Once upon a time, there existed a band, a band that so flawlessly wed the distinct styles of emoviolence and post rock into one beautiful, dark, haunting matrimony. The aggressive parts retained their energy without diluting the raw chaos and anger, passionate bursts of emotion, while the more melodic parts…

So Hideous – Laurestine

There are few things in the world of music — for musicians, critics, and fans alike — that are as much equal parts necessary and frustrating to the point of being counterproductive as genre labels. We use them because they form a convenient shorthand, a way to categorize and file away the…

Starter Kit: Post-Black Metal

Starter Kit analyzes the ins-and-outs of some of the more obscure and niche sub-genres within the metal spectrum and offers a small group of bands that best represent the sound. Read other Starter Kit entries here. Comprised of lilting, reverbial cleans, and hard-hitting, harsh walls of distorted aggression, the disparate…

MAKE – The Golden Veil

A simple truth of life is that we, as humans, do not need forms of art or entertainment that challenge us to think outside the box 24/7. There’s value to be had in a product that doesn’t feel the need to shift or challenge the audience’s paradigms; an album that…

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…