Black Metal

Axiom

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

Tyranny

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

Vritra

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

The Cosmic Trance into the Void

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

Exilium

Artist: 
Noctem
Label: 
Art Gates

This was an interesting listen by the relatively new Spanish metal band Noctem. They impliment all sorts of metal styles on this album, even going as far as to change it up on each individual song. The guitars are pretty much consistantly brutal and dark for the entirety of the album, and the drums are super fast at a noticable number of  occasions. This may give the implication of a death or thrash metal record, but many of the songs contain intros spoken in latin, and melodic acoustic bits hidden throughout the album.

Sounds Like: 
Behemoth
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
10/01/2014

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