Sun Worship – Emanations of Desolation

This year could end up being remembered by many things, but if there’s any justice in the world, one of those things will be big, groovy, stanky riffs. From the cosmic dealings of Teeth and Blood Incantation to the earth-shattering antics of Fit For an Autopsy, 2019 was filled with…

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Hvile I Kaos – Black Morning, Winter Green

Classical elements have always been inextricably linked with black metal. There’s the obvious example of symphonic black metal, but beyond that, the genre has shared classical music’s vision for massive sonic displays on the scale of an orchestral delivery. Ulver went so far as to drop black metal entirely and…

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Liturgy – H​.​A​.​Q​.​Q.

For a six-year run leading up to and through The Ark Work (2015), Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s output as Liturgy made him public enemy number one in the black metal community. Some of this wasn’t entirely his fault, namely the unexpected “indie seal of approval” bestowed on Aesthethica (2011). The album’s response…

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King – Coldest of Cold

Another week, another serviceable yet disappointing follow-up from an Australian supergroup… Emerging from the ashes of Australian grind legends Blood Duster, Fuck I’m Dead and The Day Everything Became Nothing (the latter two aren’t technically split up, but still), King swiftly silenced any skepticism over their change in direction with their…

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The Anatomy Of – SIBIIR

I’m in love with 2019’s deluge of dark, bleak hardcore bands coming out of Scandinavia. If you pay attention to my columns at Heavy Blog, you’ll be well aware and probably getting sick and/or tired of me rattling on about them. Lowering the world’s temperature at the end of summer…

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Cloak – The Burning Dawn

There’s nothing much better than turns on a theme. Sure, it’s fun when a band takes a hard line on sticking in a certain box. It’s nice to hear those records as they feel comforting. It’s like wearing an old t-shirt: it fits just right and you know it’s good.…

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