Borknagar – Winter Thrice

Borknagar are one of the most important names in progressive black metal, to the point of being definitive of the genre. Winter Thrice is their tenth release, and with everything it is, it’s proof that they still definitely deserve that acclaim. Not only are the band noteworthy for their music alone, they…

Enslaved – RIITIIR

Nordic Prog giants Enslaved work like clockwork. Since 2004, they’ve consistently made a great album every 2 years. After 2010’s great Axioma Ethica Odini (that admittedly had some flaws, but was still great), they come back this year with RIITIIR. If you don’t know what Enslaved sound like, think Borknagar but with less synths and upbeatness and more black metal. Even though they started out their career rooted firmly in black metal, they kept pushing the boundaries of the genre until they broke through, just like the visionary Ihsahn. But after so many years of being at or near the top of the genre-pushing game, do Enslaved still have something relevant to say with RIITIIR? The short answer is: Yes, most definitely. This album is brilliant. The long answer is after the cut:

Vintersorg – Orkan

Vintersorg Orkan 01. Istid 02. Ur stjärnstoft är vi komna 03. Polarnatten 04. Myren 05. Orkan 06. Havets nåd 07. Norrskenssyner 08. Urvädersfången [07/10/12] [Napalm] Vintersorg, which is more or less the solo project of Swedish prog genius Andreas Hedlund, is definitely one of the bigger names in the progressive/blackened/folk…

New Vintersorg Track ‘Havets Nåd’

You know, the more I listen to music, the more I’m convinced that Nordic prog is best prog. Vintersorg, who also happens to be one of the singers on the latest Borknagar album, has a new album coming up titled Orkan. There’s a new track that’s being previewed from Orkan, and…

Oddland – The Treachery of Senses

ODDLAND The Treachery Of Senses 01. Above And Beyond 02. Flooding Light 03. In The Eyes Of The Mournuing 04. Aisle of Array 05. Past The Gates 06. Still The Spirit Stays 07. In Endless Endeavor 08. Sewers 09. Lines Of Silver Blood 10. Ire [4/30/12] [Century Media] Someone has…