Skuggsjá – A Piece For Mind & Mirror

Many words have been spent on the blog thus far in regards to Skuggsjá, a project comprised of Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) & Einar Selvik (Wardruna). However, the music has always taken somewhat of a backseat as we focused on the cultural narratives which spawned it and gave it context. While these are obviously important it would do us well to remember that this is, first and foremost, a creation of music. It’s also a damn good at that, blending folk, folk metal and black metal into an energetic and cohesive whole. Even though many styles are utilized on the album, it doesn’t feel like a hybrid creation, a crossing of genre bounds. Instead, each musical element present speaks to and draws from the same place: a dark, oppressive, majestic place which invokes harsh environments, blistering cold and vast depths.

Amon Amarth – Jomsviking

Much like their Metal Blade labelmates in Cannibal Corpse and The Black Dahlia Murder, Sweden’s Amon Amarth have become one the most stable commodities in extreme music today. It’s pretty safe to say that all three of these bands found their niche about two or three albums into their respective…

Don’t Forget The Fans: The Changing Music Industry and Music Exploration

I don’t think that I’d be out of my bounds when I say that most metal fans explore their genre. When you like a sound, you want to follow it as much as you can. Additionally, you can crave different sounds, and explore new things that the music world has to offer. That’s the beauty of music—you’re able to create an amalgam of things you like. In a way, you piece together your own auditory universe. And today, it’s easier than ever to explore music. The advent of the Information Age has created, catered to, and revolutionized our tastes in more ways than we realize, and with streaming services like Spotify and music-oriented websites like RateYourMusic, discovering new bands and songs has never been more convenient. I, for one, love that this is true; Spotify has been crucial in my exploration in music, to the point that it’s my go-to for all new tunes I want to try out.

But I have my doubts that this sort of freedom—or, rather, ease to explore—will last.

Hey! Listen To Baklavaa!

Without appearing too elitist, I’d like to think I’m a thinking man’s metalhead. Even though I’d go as far as saying 90% of my time is spent listening to other genres of music. One of these specific sections of music is noise rock or “noise”. Sure, I’ll blast Behemoth or…