Black Metal

Artist: 
ONI
Label: 
Blacklight Media/ Metal Blade Records

This album was thrust upon me by my good friend Andrew and honestly, I'm happy to have come across it. Oni's new debut album "Ironshore" is a technical metal masterpiece, mixing both the sounds of black, heavy metal, with the blustering sounds of upbeat pop and technical sound. This album features only nine songs, but each song is a different journey, and a different sound.

Sounds Like: 
The Human Abstract
Sounds Like: 
Protest the Hero
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Arkona
Label: 
Sound Age Productions

Vozrozhdenie was Arkona's debut album, and was recently re-released by Sound Age Productions. Not wholly a bad decision, because for a debut album, Vozrozhdenie does well in encapsulating Arkona's sound. The album begins with more windy and synthetic sounds, clean vocals accompanying those, but progresses into their heavier and more well-known metal sound. Masha Scream of course presents beautiful female vocals as well as her surprising ability to growl like a demon.

Sounds Like: 
Korpiklaani
Sounds Like: 
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Name: 
Kenny
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
Polyptych
Label: 
Polyptych

Defying the Metastatsis by Polyptych is definitely an intense metal album with very heavy instrumentals and vocals. I really enjoyed the lyrics because they fit perfectly with the title of the album by being very deep and emotional as well as describing a lot of their thoughts on the state of the world. But overall I wasn't too interested in the actual music. The vocals and instrumentals often sound droning and very similar. With only unclean vocals, it was difficult for me tell one song apart from another.

Sounds Like: 
Black Metal
Sounds Like: 
Death Metal
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2016
Artist: 
Anaal Nathrakh
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

British Extreme Metal group Anaal Nathrakh have returned with a brutal and only occasionally tuneful record that seeks to return metal to it's essence of sheer brutality. The style of the tracks vary in style with straight bone-crushing grindcore and jackhammer industrial rhythms mixed with screeching black-metal style vocals and tremelo picked guitars . One of the things that I really appreciate about this record is how it hones in on brutality and discomfort instead of flashy guitar solos and self-aggrandizement.

Sounds Like: 
Napalm Death
Sounds Like: 
Dimir Borgir
Name: 
Paul Lackey
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2016

Sky

Artist: 
Taiga
Label: 
Symbol Of Domination Prod.

The sounds throughout the album are generic and heavily repetitive. It progresses with little variation, almost making me forget what band I was listening to. Although if you’re looking for a decent sound that achieves what it sets out for while not really pushing for anything new, this could be a nice stop for you.

Sounds Like: 
Psychonaut 4
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2016
Artist: 
Vorgrum
Label: 
Vorgrum

I've only recently gotten into the more heavier folk metal bands that my good man Andrew has introduced me to, but Vorgrum is one of the heaviest I've heard so far. This album was Vorgrum's final project, as the band underwent many changes to thir personnel, but I'm glad to see this album as a result. It's heavy, it's hard, and it's got it's own unique folk sound to it. The band did very well intermixing the elements of folk and black metal to create something that is at once aggressive and great to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Northland
Sounds Like: 
Skyforger
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
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