Goatcraft ‘Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’ track premiere

Goatcraft continues to stubbornly defy a neatly marketable genre tag on these brand new tracks taken from their upcoming album 'Sic Transit Gloria Mundi'. This artist has been honing a sound between dark ambient and classical piano music for over a decade now. In placing the piano front and centre there is no finer demonstration … Continue reading Goatcraft ‘Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’ track premiere

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Journey into Darkness, Devour Every Star, Cosmic Burial

Journey into Darkness: Infinite Universe Infinite DeathOut 10th September on Spirit Coffin Publishing Journey into Darkness’s third LP ‘Infinite Universe Infinite Death’ jettisons some of the baggage of symphonic metal's contested past, cutting the fat from a bloated style with class and poise. This homage to the vastness of space eschews the barren soundscapes of … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Journey into Darkness, Devour Every Star, Cosmic Burial

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Vortex of End, Morbid Messiah, Ctenizidae

Vortex of End: Abhorrent FervorOut 24th Sept on Osmose Productions Progressive blackened death metal is a genre that promises much but delivers little. More often than not it manages to take the worst elements of all three antecedents and concoct them into conceptually overbaked nonsense music. The directionless and frustrating riffs for riffs sake of … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Vortex of End, Morbid Messiah, Ctenizidae

Acoustic essentials: Empyrium and October Falls

The initial loadstone for foundational black metal was an explicit exercise in self-limitation. Cut the fat away from metal as it was becoming by the late 1980s, the meaty production, the excessive riffs, the complex and the bouncy rhythms and what are you left with? Obviously this ascetic quest was quickly jettisoned by the turn … Continue reading Acoustic essentials: Empyrium and October Falls

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Necronautical, Sentiero dei Principi, Etxegiña

Necronautical: Slain in the SpiritOut 20th August on Candlelight Records Mancunian symphonic black metallists return with album number four: ‘Slain in the Spirit’; displaying that oft sought but rarely found blend of undeniable continuity with the past and expanded horizons. Symphonic black metal can be a highly dense form of music at times. Ethereal iterations … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Necronautical, Sentiero dei Principi, Etxegiña

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Lunar Funeral, Gnosis, Shrieking Demons

Lunar Funeral: Road to SiberiaOut 24th July on Helter Skelter Productions There was a moment between ‘Witchcult Today’ and ‘Black Masses’ where Electric Wizard looked like they were about to morph into a richly atmospheric garage rock version of themselves. Darker than Uncle Acid, heavier than Purson, and infinitely more interesting than Conan. But sadly … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Lunar Funeral, Gnosis, Shrieking Demons

A return to humility: Ancient and Ulver

“What does black metal mean to you?” The phrasing of this question implies that musical messages are not just inter-subjective, but utterly atomised. Music and culture hold no collective meaning, but exist solely to serve individual egos and their alleged stake in the zeitgeist. Culture becomes nothing more than a means to furnish one’s personality … Continue reading A return to humility: Ancient and Ulver

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Galvanizer, Fulanno, Nigrum Pluviam

Galvanizer: Prying Sight of ImperceptionOut 30th July on Me Saco Un Ojo / Everlasting Spew Prima facie, the second album from the Finnish outfit known as Galvanizer is another shameless old school offering no different from the last ten to come out this week. So given the fact that I enjoyed ‘Prying Sight of Imperception’ … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Galvanizer, Fulanno, Nigrum Pluviam

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Necromantical Invocation, Remote, Evocator

Necromantical Invocation: Dogme et Rituel de la Haute MagieOut 24th July on Helter Skelter Productions This debut demo/mini album originally released back in February 2021 sees a CD and vinyl release on Helter Skelter this week. Necromantical Invocation is the brainchild of one Echetleos, who is something of a polymath in the Greek scene at … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Necromantical Invocation, Remote, Evocator