Black Metal

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
Artist: 
Morta Skuld
Label: 
Peaceville Records

Morta Skuld's song "Breath in the Black" is the single off the February 2017 album Wounds Deeper Than Time. This is some old school death metal right here and it rocks. The blast beats on the drums are mind blowing and its dark and gloomy enough to satisfy any doomhead. The vocals are growly and dark, no pig squealing, but they rock. The guitar and bass are just insane and compliment the drumming so well. For me this song is heavily drum and vocal focused so its important to see the guitar/bass playing a role but not taking over.

Sounds Like: 
old school death metal
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/01/2017
Artist: 
Valfreya
Label: 
Independent

Promised Land is viking metal band, Valfreya's newest release which has 12 songs on it. I already like viking metal and female vocals so I was already pretty excited for this album and I really wasn't disappointed. The songs are all interesting and engaging and combine both female and male vocals to create unique songs. Some have both and some have one or the other. I really enjoyed the female vocals and loved when classical instruments were incorporated into the songs.

Sounds Like: 
Nordheim
Sounds Like: 
Korpius
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2017
Artist: 
Zeal and Ardor
Label: 
MVKA Records

Zeal and Ardor has been described as slave folk metal, folk mixed with black metal, and more. I think the slave narrative mixed with black metal with rpm influences is more accurate. However you want to describe this album, it’s beautiful. A lot of metal albums aren’t beautiful, they’re brutal, rough, adrenaline kicking and more. But this is chilling and empowering. This metal blends so well with the folk that you almost forget that its two different genres. The rpm is not distracting or overpowering, it adds to the creepy yet intriguing beauty of this album.

Sounds Like: 
slave narratives mixed with black metal and folk
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
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