Hey! Listen to Vredehammer!

In spite of its primal origins, modern black metal has largely become associated with atmospheric and ethereal textures. Then there’s Vredehammer who hit like seventeen Mack trucks riding a fiery avalanche into battle. Ironically, the Norwegians’ long-awaited third album Viperous, which dropped last week, sees the band experimenting by adding…

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Lychgate – Also sprach Futura

The semantic field which lies between the Gothic, the future, metal, and the avant-garde is fertile with meaning. First, the Gothic, which we define here as the literary or “artistic” Gothic. It’s a sub-genre or modifier which deals with death, anxiety, and the body. Frankenstein is of course the prime…

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Pure Wrath – The Forlorn Soldier

Extreme metal has long served as a creative outlet for bringing light to historical events that many have been left in the dark from. With the globalization of metal we’ve seen these musical dramatizations serve as a means for musicians to share their local histories, especially lesser-known injustices or tragedies,…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – February 2020

Welcome to Kvlt Kolvmn, lovers of all things frost-bitten. Over the past few days I’ve been trying to figure out a way rationally and calmly verbally express my effusive, utterly unbridled enthusiasm regarding the uniformly excellent quality of February’s crop of black metal releases. It’s proven to be a fruitless…

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Fluisteraars – Bloem

It’s been unseasonably warm and bright in Chicago recently. Not every day, of course, but over the past few weeks we’ve had a surprising amount of sunshine for a city that’s accustomed to going a week at a time without the clouds overhead breaking. A handful of days have even…

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Heavy Delinquency – Wandering Oak

Another day, another excellent release from 2019 which I’ve only gotten to now. I’ve had Wandering Oak’s Passage Elemental bookmarked since I stumbled on it when trawling through Bandcamp but I only seriously set down to listen to it when someone on my Facebook feed recommended it. What I found…

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Necrowretch – The Ones from Hell

I’ll be honest, I first picked up the promo for Necrowretch’s 2017 release Satanic Slavery simply because the cover was nasty and I figured any record with that title would sound wicked as, well, hell. That record met my expectations without even a shred of variance, churning out a blackened…

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