Atten Ash - The Hourglass
The beauty of _The Hourglass_ lies with the fact it balances so well between the melodic, delicate and easy listening parts, and the harsh, ominous and dark ones, sounding surprisingly fresh and unique, despite the dangerous waters the band navigate through.
Sólstafir - Ótta
Sólstafir manage to represent their country's moody nature through a mixture ranging from melancholy and despair to aggression, but also atmospheric, meditative passages.
Nova - Il Ritorno
Nova's music is all about tradition -- black metal tradition, Italian tradition -- but with it comes their intrinsic aspiration and drive, to become greater and better than the tradition they were raised upon and fed from.
Adamus Exul - Arsenic Idols
To call _Arsenic Idols_ black metal would be an underestimation of this album. On the outside, it is one violent and unrelenting motherfucker with everything a black metal fanatic should love in his orthodox black metal. However, underneath this wall of anger and hate, mascara and face paint, lie undercurrents of immensely beautiful melodic tunes and layers upon layers of exquisite emotions.
Absentia Lunae - Vorwärts - Impavida Avanzata
The visual art of _Vorwärts_ greets the listener with its cold and bleak embrace and serves as the perfect backdrop for the band's callous and dystopian music, where ultra violent black metal meets fascist martial industrial, and where epic clean singing clashes with abrasive, traditional black metal rasps.
Arvas - Black Satanic Mysticism
Arvas are an angry bunch of Norwegians playing hardcore-punk fueled, thrash metal influenced black fucking metal of the stripped down kind, yet with a high sense of melody and an accentuated melodic edge.
Ymir's Blood - Blood of the Ice Giant
_Blood of the Ice Giant_ is the most shameless Bathory rip-off in existence, and that's actually great.
Albez Duz - The Coming of Mictlan
"...Heaven's blind, lost souls..."; with this repetitive chant German Albez Duz open their _The Coming of Mictlan_ album: a dark, ritualistic intro that serves as a backdrop for the album's initiation. This intro may be somewhat misleading though, as what comes next is not as sinister, nor as dark, nor even as ritualistic in essence as that intro; however, this album well deserves your time spent exploring it.
Coil Commemorate Enslave - L'Infinita Vanità del Tutto
Coil Commemorate Enslave lean toward the melodic and the shoegaze-y, yet forsake none of black metal's aesthetics and deliver the whole lot with vibrant power and conviction.
Ensiferum - One Man Army
Ensiferum have spiked their sixth studio album _One Man Army_ with all the ingredients that made most their previous albums successful: powerful speedy passages, catchy folk melodies and ample growling supported by choirs.
Date By Rating
5/2/2015 C Drishner 9 Absentia Lunae - Vorwärts - Impavida Avanzata
5/2/2015 C Drishner 9 Adamus Exul - Arsenic Idols
5/2/2015 C Drishner 8.5 Albez Duz - The Coming of Mictlan
5/2/2015 C Drishner 7.5 Ars Moriendi - La Singulière Noirceur d'un Astre
5/2/2015 C Drishner 9 Arvas - Black Satanic Mysticism
5/2/2015 C Drishner 9.5 Atten Ash - The Hourglass
5/2/2015 C Drishner 8 Coil Commemorate Enslave - L'Infinita Vanità del Tutto
5/2/2015 J Semprich 7 Ensiferum - One Man Army
5/2/2015 C Drishner 9 Nova - Il Ritorno
5/2/2015 C Drishner 3 Oktor - Another Dimension of Pain
5/2/2015 J Semprich 9 Sólstafir - Ótta
5/2/2015 J Semprich 4.5 Sonata Arctica - Pariah's Child
5/2/2015 C Drishner 8.5 Ymir's Blood - Blood of the Ice Giant
3/29/2015 J Semprich 8 Blind Guardian - Beyond the Red Mirror
3/29/2015 J Semprich 9 Enslaved - In Times
3/3/2015 J Semprich 10 Finsterforst - Mach Dich Frei
3/3/2015 C Drishner 8.5 Shallow Rivers - The Leaden Ghost
3/3/2015 C Drishner 8.5 Unmercenaries - Fallen in Disbelief
3/3/2015 C Drishner 9 Woebegone Obscured - Deathscape MMXIV
2/16/2015 C Drishner 7.5 0Xist - One Eon
2/16/2015 C Drishner 5.5 Malhkebre - Revelation
2/16/2015 C Drishner 9 Scarab - Serpents of the Nile
2/16/2015 C Drishner 8 The Moon and the Nightspirit - Holdrejtek
1/27/2015 M Dolson 9 Empyrium - The Turn of the Tides
1/26/2015 C Drishner 5.5 Bloodthirst - Chalice of Contempt
1/26/2015 D Lake 8.5 Godflesh - A World Lit Only by Fire
1/26/2015 D Lake 8.5 Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise
12/29/2014 C Drishner 7.5 Chaos Moon - Resurrection Extract
12/29/2014 D Lake 6 Dawn of a Dark Age - The Six Elements, vol. 2: Water
12/29/2014 C Drishner 8 My Shameful - Hollow
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