Alcest – Spiritual Instinct

Deafheaven’s Sunbather may have blown up the post-black metal sound to a wider audience in 2013, but it was France’s Alcest — lead by prolific black metal musician Stephane “Niege” Pault — that is perhaps ultimately responsible for the wash of reverberating tremolo picks, blastbeats, and emphasis on melodic and…

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Cloud Rat – Pollinator

If someone were to force Cloud Rat into pop-culture comparisons, the resulting list would have to include the likes of Deafheaven, Wormrot, Mayhem, and Foo Fighters. That’s a lot to take in, and even more to picture for the uninitiated among you, but don’t click away yet. The Michigan grind…

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Mizmor – Cairn

Blackened doom is a metal subgenre that has, to my ears, remained mostly untapped compared to other genre-meshing hybrids. Blackened death, death-doom, blackgaze, and blackened thrash all have a list of artists that could be considered legends in each respective camp (dISEMBOWELMENT, Deafheaven, and Destroyer 666/Aura Noir come to mind).…

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Somn – The All-Devouring

I’ll be the first to admit that perhaps I am not the most qualified person to be reviewing albums that fall under the black metal heading. Back in my early twenties I began to grow weary of the oppressive, often pummeling sonic approach that characterized so many metal bands that…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – 2018 in Review

Welcome once more to Kvlt Kolvmn. It’s that time again. The year has shed its final layer, curling itself into a corner and awaiting its imminent demise. Though, thankfully, not without plenty of bite left. It’s been a doozy of a year for all things metallic, with black metal being…

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