Black Metal

Descension Through the Seven Forbidden Seals

Artist: 
Manifesting
Label: 
Invictus Productions

Can you say GRRRIIIIIITTTTT. I bet you cant. Manifesting creates a truly gritty ambience of black metal. Much like sledgey types of metal all of these songs are dredges of super down tuned riffs followed by burst of demonic rage. The slow dance sequences highlight the moments they want you to spill blood on the moshing floor. Nothing is clean in this album, they lay the distortion on thick just how doped out Satanists like it.

Sounds Like: 
Bathory (but a FL slower)
Name: 
Damian Mason
Date Reviewed: 
09/11/2013

Sunbather

Artist: 
Deafheaven
Label: 
Deathwish

This. Album.

Sounds Like: 
Converge
Sounds Like: 
I don't even know
Name: 
Melanie Trecha
Date Reviewed: 
08/30/2013

Welcome Farewell

Artist: 
Vreid
Label: 
Indie Recordings

Lack of corpse paint aside, Vreid is a pretty typical Norweigian black metal band. And like other typical Norweigian black metal bands, they are FANTASTIC. Their sound is heavily influenced by Enslaved, and they definitely have a gift for creating bleak, frostbitten soundscapes in their songs. The band features former members of Windir, and you can definitely hear it on more melodic songs like the title track. Vreid is definitely tr00 kvlt blvck metvl. Satan is pleased.

Sounds Like: 
Windir
Sounds Like: 
Cor Scorpii
Sounds Like: 
Enslaved
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
02/19/2013

Lights Out

Artist: 
Posthum
Label: 
Indie Recordings

Posthum has a sound. They stick with it for the entire 45 minute album, for the most part. The band has driving guitars that are laid on heavy throughout, but sometimes it feels like filler. I'm not a huge fan of the singer's voice, it seems more for background than anything else. You can hear it and understand it a bit, but it's muddied. The drums are along for good measure it feels. They don't seem to do much. Overall, in my opinion, there is little to recommend this CD.

Sounds Like: 
Got nothing on this one
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
10/03/2012

Galloping Blasphemy

Artist: 
Satan's Wrath
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

This Greek duo harkens back to the early days of black metal when the genre was more rooted in thrash. The production and overall sound is very raw and dark, which should please purists. It's a good throwback to the days when extreme metal had a consistent sound and wasn't plagued with endless (sometimes unnecessary) subgenres.

Sounds Like: 
Venom
Sounds Like: 
Impaled Nazarene
Sounds Like: 
Desaster
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2012

Trist

Artist: 
Hellsaw
Label: 
Napalm Records

 

Sounds Like: 
early Emperor, Immortal, Celtic Frost (Morbid Tales era)
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2012

Urd

Artist: 
Borknagar
Label: 
Century Media

 ICS Vortex AND Vintersorg on an album? Yes, that's the golden lineup we've always gotten from Borknagar. In addition, they stray even further from their black metal roots to become more progressive, and it shows quite a bit. Not a bad thing at all, this may be their best since Empiricism. At this point I'd say they've stopped becoming Enslaved's less popular younger brother and established a unique progressive black sound of their own. 

Sounds Like: 
Enslaved
Sounds Like: 
Vintersorg
Sounds Like: 
Arcturus
Name: 
Jeremiah Traeger
Date Reviewed: 
03/27/2012

Obsidium

Artist: 
Enthroned
Label: 
Agonia Records

 Mental images of Tintin are equally difficult to separate from the concept of Belgium as the idea an aging metal band getting old; figuratively. And much like Belgium has to commit drastic actions (Flemish secession!) to disassociate itself as the pushover Wafflehouse of Europe, aging metal bands are faced with the dilemma of evolution or ceasing to exist – lest the concept of perpetuating a trademark sound appeals more to any members.

Sounds Like: 
Blood Red Throne
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2012

In Somniphobia

Artist: 
Sigh
Label: 
Candlelight Records

 This may easily be the best album of the year, as per most quality Sigh. Most songs on here are energetic and fast paced melodic black metal filled with avant-garde strangeness and surf rock keyboards. When they aren’t fast paced they’re funky or have eclectic incorporation of other genres. Unfortunately many songs are long, so may take up radio time, but the recommended tracks MUST be played, they are just too awesome to pass up.

Sounds Like: 
Chthonic
Sounds Like: 
Solefad
Sounds Like: 
Mirrorthrone
Name: 
Jeremiah Traeger
Date Reviewed: 
03/19/2012

Pandemonic Ululations Of Vesperic Palpitation

Artist: 
Prosanctus Inferi
Label: 
Hell's Headbangers