Black Metal

Artist: 
Zeal & Ardor
Label: 
MVKA

Zeal & Ardor is fantastic and Devil is Fine completely blew me away, so as soon as I saw this single I knew it was going to be great. And this song did NOT disappoint! "Gravedigger's Chant" is a beautiful song that incorporates piano, drums, and other instruments to create haunting instrumentals. Haunting is the prime word I use to describe Zeal & Ardor's music. It would be a disservice to not mention the heavy influence of black spirtuals, something I had never seen in metal, or any genre for that matter.

Sounds Like: 
Ilenkus
Sounds Like: 
Avant-Garde Metal
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2018
Artist: 
Ihsahn
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Arcana Imperii is the first single from Ihsahn's new album Amr. Ihsahn is a metal legend, and he is well known for his work with Emperor. 

This track is a weird mix of metal and it really reminds me of Opeth at times. The song is dark but has many clean parts that are melodic and even pleasant. There is also some synth in the track that adds a cool element that is not seen often in black metal. 

Sounds Like: 
blackened opeth
Sounds Like: 
tribulation
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2018
Artist: 
Watain
Label: 
Century Media

Watain’s new album is very intense black metal. The sound is very reminiscent of 1349 but still brings a lot of new elements. Overall the whole sound is gritty, fast paced and atmospheric. Because of the echo in the vocals and guitars, this almost sounds like a live album. Always with a tinge of demonic and eerie elements, the album bring heavy dark metal that’s perfect for a mosh pit or jamming out.

Sounds Like: 
1349
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2018
Artist: 
Watain
Label: 
Century Media

Four years after their latest release "Wild Hunt", Black Metal legends Watain are hitting the studio once again to produce their sixth full length studio record "Trident Wolf Eclipse". Offering fans a taste of what's to come, Watain has released a single off of the new album entitled "Nuclear Alchemy". If this song has anything to say about the up and coming release, then Black Metal fans are in for a treat. Nuclear Alchemy is fast, brutal, evil, raw, and chaotic. This song has the tone of black metal, but the energy of death metal.

Sounds Like: 
Emperor
Sounds Like: 
Mayhem
Sounds Like: 
Dark Throne
Sounds Like: 
Immortal
Sounds Like: 
Kvlt
Name: 
Tyler Dille
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2017
Artist: 
Samael
Label: 
Napalm Records

This album sounds really triumphant like Viking metal, it has the chaotic happiness and the overwhelming drumming of a Viking band. The only difference is there are really grimy vocals, which for even a metalhead sound scary. Its very dark thematically but the sound is really happy and awesome. It's not brutal like most black metal bands. Its a call to action fr the listener to join in as well as beckoning the demons from hell to rise and take over the world. As the album goes on, the music gets heavier and heavier.

Sounds Like: 
Rotting Christ
Sounds Like: 
Behemoth
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Satyricon
Label: 
Napalm Records

Satyicon's latest album, Deep calleth upon Deep, is really getting back to the roots of the second wave of Norwegian Black Metal. Beginning in 1993, Satyricon released the iconic album "Dark Midevil Times" which is widely regarded as one of the best Black Metal albums of the 90s. Drenched in evil atmosphere, the bands first three albums were like a soundtrack to the darkest forgotten dungeon on Earth. More recently, the band has been experimenting with the Black and Roll feel, losing a lot of the evil atmosphere along with many fans.

Sounds Like: 
Old Satyricon
Sounds Like: 
A slow version of Immortal's "At the Heart of Winter" album
Name: 
Tyler Dille
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2017
Artist: 
Cradle of Filth
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

The British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth has returned with their twelfth studio album Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay, out September 22, 2017. Leading the release is the incredibly intense single "Heartbreak and Seance," which perfectly sets the tone for this triumphant new record. 

Sounds Like: 
Dimmu Borgir
Sounds Like: 
Devilment
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/25/2017
Artist: 
Myrkur
Label: 
Relapse

As a budding metal-head, there's nothing I appreciate more than a female lead vocalist that screams like the best of them. Not only does Amalie Bruun (lead singer, lead... well, everything except drums, Myrkur is a one-woman project, which is incredible) manage that throughout Myrkur's new album, "Mareridt", she has also managed to capture an atmosphere in this black metal album that skirts the edge of Viking metal. 

Sounds Like: 
Wolves In The Throneroom
Sounds Like: 
Primordial
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Belphegor
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Belphegor previews their upcoming album with a hard hitting song "Baphomet". In true Belphegor style, the double bass on the drums is ear blasting and just wicked. The guitars have a wicked, eerie sound and compliment yet highlight the drumming. The vocals by Helmuth are phenomenal and honestly give me chills. This is such a great song and is only around 4 minutes long. The drumming on this track is totally insane, no where near Black Tongue or Infant Annihilator but still crazy.

Sounds Like: 
Exhumed
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2017
Artist: 
ÆRA
Label: 
Self-released

Loud vocals and grungy guitar seems to be the selling point for  ÆRA, a newly formed bandcamp black metal band from Missouri. Only 3 tracks long, this EP is explosive and worth the listen. All the tracks are 5 minutes or longer but they all are really decent. This album is very ambient but is also super heavy so it's not for the faint of heart. I really enjoyed this album and cannot wait to see what these guys put out next. The vocals are super rough and grungy, with gutturals to loud screams. The guitars compliment each other but never take full stage.

Sounds Like: 
blackened doom metal
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
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