Three days of staying alive as undercover black metal fans during Netherlands Deathfest? Bring it on. Beside the master acts of Suffocation, Grave, At the Gates there was enough dark material to bleaken horizon, with the likes of Kjeld, Merrimack and Dragged into Sunlight. Oh, and did I mention Emperor?.. Read our full report here!
Coming under heavy recommendation from our German writers & friends who have been attending since 2014, the Dark Troll Festival is one we’ve never had the priviledge (yet) of experiencing. Not due the lack of will, or the line-up, just a matter of time and choices. However, that’s about to change. Dark Troll Festival – […]
The Utrecht based black metallers Grafjammer are back. They already have a demo (Smeerenburgh , 2012) and a full-length (Koud gemaakt, 2015) on their name, with the second coming: ‘Schalm & Schabauw’ (to be released on the 10th of February). If you think you will get screeching horror sounds from the grave read no further […]
Lithuanian hardcore/black metal/ sludge hybrid Erdve will release their debut record on the well known metal label Season Of Mist on February 9th! Breaking new grounds, the album Vaitojimas is a whirlwind of violence and emotion will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. Be ready to have your ears shattered and your […]
An album named Vaitojimas lands on the digital desk, by a band called Erdve. The first question that comes to mind is, are we dealing with Finnish black metal here? A bit further down the line, Erdve appears to be a Lithuanian hybrid of hardcore, sludge, and black metal. My interested is peaked, partially because […]
Watain have long been the topics of controversies, from the musical, through the visual, and to the ideological. Not a lot of bands out there have rose to be one of the most prominent names in the world of Black Metal, as they run over almost any opposition in the way. The Uppsala group have […]
Ever since the release of the debut album Lugburz (1995), the atmospheric black metal masters Summoning have reigned over Middle Earth. Few bands manage to tell long lost tales in a similar, fascinating way as these Austrians do, with a truly unique sound, consisting of majestic soundscapes blended with hazy, distorted guitars. Summoning’s previous effort, […]
If Iceland is known for one thing – besides beautifully bleak landscapes and its residents’ healthy hankering for fermented shark meat – it’s unique music. From Björk to Sigur Rós and from Sólstafir to Skálmöld, many Icelandic bands have an unmistakable auditory trademark that jumps right out at you on first listen. That’s not to […]
The self titled EP (released in 2016 by Everlasting Spew Records) of Portugese (post) black metal formation Gaerea ended upon my desk quite randomly, yet I’m happy it did. Having only been around since 2016, the band has managed to stirr a few souls, since the debut EP has been praised by basically everyone who […]
Sunday is the new Saturday, a friend told me a short while ago. He seems to be right, as we end up at a concert every Sunday afternoon. Today the gates of our local venue Willemeen in Arnhem opened for the devastating package of Archgoat, Bölzer, Svartidauði and Eggs of Gomorrh.. Read it all here!