Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Runemagick. Breaking out of the endless Lovecraft obsession of most bands in this and adjacent styles Gloaming latches onto Mid-Atlantic folklore and storytelling for what might be a more relatable horror setting. These aren't my own legends, but I like a good bit of rural American horror as much as the next person, and this is a fine format to get it in.
Saturday, 4 April 2015
Satan in the Death Row, with its bizarre front cover and title, was actually a weirdly great record. Among the best things I've heard from Brazil for sure. The band just goes beyond the repetitive black/death/war/goat/cult thing, and the brutal technical death metal gore stuff that Brazil is so prolific with. The entity returns in 2015 as a two-piece, with more psychedelic artwork, cool logos and addictive black metal.
Akhlys is a side project of Nightbringer's Naas al Alcameth, Nightbringer being the band that produced their career apex and my second favourite record of the year in 2014. The Dreaming I is a departure from the more strictly dark ambient nature of Akhlys' debut LP Supplication, although deep and sinister atmospheres are still woven into the menacing black metal instrumentation found here. I wouldn't have a second's hesitation recommending this to fans of Nightbringer's work, and if you like that band as much as I do then I'd go so far as to say this is mandatory.