Black Fast – Spectre of Ruin

Few things in metal go together better than thrash and black. Black metal essentially evolved from thrash when the two were initially entwined in the first wave, and the second wave embraced some aspects of it via a full rejection of death metal as “fake”. While that may seem like an extremely subjective reason to disregard an entire group from your community, it did push the two subgenres closer together. Now we have a host of bands who combine these elements to push forth a new extreme metal, and Black Fast is doing a lot to bring the two ideas closer together.

Kvlt Kolvmn // June 2018

Welcome to Kvlt Kolvmn, where the black metal runneth over! And from all over the world, apparently. This month’s wealth of quality releases come to you from Greece, New York, Italy, Portugal, Seattle and Sweden. Black metal truly knows no borders, as band’s from across the globe share an affinity…

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Listen to Journal’s Explosive Return With “Eden, The Uncherished”

First off, yeah it is funny that I’m premiering a track called “Eden, The Uncherished”. But let’s move past funny coincidences and talk about Journal for a second. They’re an incredibly underrated band which started experimenting with the kind of chaotic mathcore that’s all the rage these days in our little part of the Internet. Especially worth mentioning, and listening to, is their 2010 release, Unlorja, an expansive and ambitious work of progressive metal, blending concept album, incredible heaviness and jaw-dropping technicality into one. Now, eight years and change later, Journal are set to return with Chrysalis Ordalias. Having heard the album, I can tell you that it’s every bit as mind-bending as the previous one. Don’t believe me? Check out the track below to see for yourself.