An Autumn For Crippled Children – All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet

Enigmatic Dutch post-black metal band An Autumn For Crippled Children have been pushing black metal’s long-standing flirtation with new wave, shoe gaze, and dreampop to its logical conclusions for over a decade now, garnering a dedicated underground following in niche circles. I’ve advocated on behalf of the band for their piece of the pie in their recognition as forebears to the genre’s exploration of these blurring genre margins, taking things further and getting there faster than the more household names like Deafheaven and Alcest. Broader audiences simply haven’t taken notice, likely due to the fact that the band is anonymous and has never intended on playing live, making them a hard sell to would-be labels seeking to advertise and move units.

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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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Izthmi – The Arrows of Our Ways

Few things are as enjoyable as a debut record. No matter how bad or good the record eventually turns out to be, the excitement that stems forth from that unabashed enthusiasm is invigorating, like a new car smell. This first impression is amplified by the absence of expectations, where every…

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Fliege – The Invisible Seam

Every year, I grow more impressed by the breadth of new ideas introduced into the world of black metal. I’ve long held the belief that the “blackened” prefix manifests in more unique ways than any other metal subgenre. Even the lightest introduction of black metal aesthetics can significantly alter the…

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Hey! Listen to Kassad

In the rapidly populating sea of post-atmospheric-gaze-whatever black metal it usually takes something truly innovative to grab my attention. Kassad doesn’t do anything overwhelmingly unique, experimental or progressive for the post-black metal scene, but by the end of the first track I just had that moment of “okay wow, these…

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