Dimmu Borgir – Eonian

By now, Dimmu Borgir are no strangers to the extravagant and grandiose accompaniment of Gaute Storaas. After the departure of Mustis and ICS Vortex post In Sorte Diaboli, the band has reached for Snowy Shaw to ... Read More...

Wolvhammer – The Monuments of Ash & Bone

Enter Wolvhammer, a band entrenched in a traditional black metal sound, refreshing the formula with a basic Crust and D-beat angle, present in guitar tone mostly. This has made their songwriting less derivative, a new dynamic to give it some height on top of its contemporary, traditional, black metal roots. The Obsidian Plains and Clawing Into the Black Sun are hallmarks for blackened crust, staples of the micro-genre and back-to-back obscure gems across the board for black metal fans. Their penchant for mid-tempo headbangers seeped in distortion, and D-beat drumming in place of the standard blast beat lead to a sound faithful to the aesthetic of tradition, yet reinvigorating in structure and aggression. The dynamic was fresh, without being overtly furious or dense.