Black Metal

Artist: 
Ghost Bath
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

This nine minute song is an extremely amazing journey.

Sounds Like: 
Leviathan
Sounds Like: 
Deafhaven
Sounds Like: 
Gris
Name: 
Breeana Gonzalez
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2016
Artist: 
Ghost Horizon
Label: 
Ghost Horizon

This album took me a couple listens to get into, and it's a little hard to say why. I even liked it after the first listen, but being a fan of melodic black metal I was expecting it to click more. Turns out, it was just that I needed to warm up to it, since it has some unique elements to it for sure. The vocals are the most prominent to me, being that it sounds more like the vocalist from Job For A Cowboy than your typical black metal vocalist.

Sounds Like: 
Wolves In The Throne Room
Sounds Like: 
Panopticon
Name: 
Timothy Ebinger
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2016
Artist: 
Necronomicon
Label: 
Season of Mist

Necronomicon is a death metal band with a very black metal feel. I very much enjoy these guys and have purchased "Rise of the Elder Ones" a few years ago, which is an album I keep in my car to this day. Necronomicon definitely know how to write some damn fine riffs. However, I'm a bit underwhelmed by this new album. There are tons of songs here that are simply lackluster. At least half of the album is nothing special while the other half of the songs have their good bits.

Sounds Like: 
A black metal band playing death metal (or vice versa, hard to decide)
Sounds Like: 
Aggressive riffage, raspy vocals.
Name: 
Joey Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
02/11/2016
Artist: 
Stellar Master Elite
Label: 
Essential Purification Records

This album is an awesome hour-long trip through the horrors of space. The album pulls in a lot of influences from drone and early sci-fi movie synths. Their guitars are super duper heavy, both when they're thumping away on a few of the speedier tracks, and in the long, desolate drawls of other tracks. Stellar Master Elite really shines on their longer songs, though, of which there are quite a few. It's in these gems that they can really break out the 60s -style synths and explore the vast horror of space.

Sounds Like: 
Thorns
Name: 
Cullen Walsh
Date Reviewed: 
10/28/2015

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Artist: 
Myrkur
Label: 
Relapse Records

While black metal is not for everyone, as it is often hard to appreciate the brutality and darkness of the genre, for Danish-born pop singer Amalie Bruun, also known as the one-woman black metal act Myrkur, that is not the case at all. Probably one of the last places one would go searching for black metal artists is the pop genre, but Amalie Bruun was introduced to it because she lived in a place so well known for its brutal metal, and was amazed how something could be so ugly and beautiful at the same time.

Sounds Like: 
Skyrim gone black metal
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2015
Artist: 
SIGH
Label: 
Candlelight Records

I'm not even sure where to begin with this album. It was by far one of the most unique things I've received all year. At first I couldn't really tell whether Japanese metal band SIGH had stole my heart with their new album Graveward or simply helped me dive into madness, but then I realized that they had essentially done both. This album is brutal, in many different ways. SIGH sounds like what I would imagine a supergroup made up of members from Dragonforce, Cradle of Filth, and Dimmu Borgir would sound like.

Sounds Like: 
Dimmu Borgir
Sounds Like: 
Cradle of Filth
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2015
Artist: 
Infernal War
Label: 
Agonia Records

I'm not quite sure how to describe Infernal War's Axiom. I can't really give a definitive answer to the question of what exactly it is. The band itself are hate-filled and angry, as any black metal band is, and they're looking to break the mold, but I'm not sure if they broke the mold or broke the machine. Infernal War sounds like a band that started out as British invasion punk, but then they were told they couldn't practice in the garage anymore so they became super angry at everything.

Sounds Like: 
Behemoth and British invasion punk's foster kid
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2015
Artist: 
Lago
Label: 
Self-released

Lago released their self produced album Tyranny late in 2014 but this album was pretty great. They are a local band based in Chandler, AZ and they are a prime example of black metal. Their dark, death oriented lyrics with a hint of religious disdain are sung by a traditional grungy, deep, growling voice and accompanied by an eerie almost demon voice in the background. Besides the vocals have a creepy yet powerful tinge to it, Lago kicks butt.

Sounds Like: 
Cattle Decapitationn
Sounds Like: 
Infant Annihilator
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2015
Artist: 
Devathorn
Label: 
World Terror Committee

Ever heard what black metal from Greece sounds like? If not, Devathorn's new album Vritra might be exactly the fix you need. While there never seems to be a terribly large amount of variety when it comes to black metal as a genre, Devathorn has definitely stood apart from other black metal bands in my mind. I didn't quite know what to expect coming into this album, and normally I'm not too huge on black metal, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this album.

Sounds Like: 
Mayhem
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2015
Artist: 
Hic Iacet
Label: 
Iron Bonehead Productions

Very heavy and dreadful, it is the soundtrack to a feeling as if some sort of spiritual doom is imminent. This is a quite awesome listen,  tempos and styles change frequently; so you are left to wonder is this doom, death, or black metal? In the end, it really doesn't matter, these guys capture your soul and rip it apart piece by piece with each gut wrenching riff. The sound is very raw and low, almost as if they are going for the sound a rusty chainsaw makes when it is trying to be started up with sludgy gasoline.

Sounds Like: 
Dissipation
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
02/11/2015
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