Leviathan – Scar Sighted (2015)

Artist: Leviathan

Album: Scar Sighted

Label: Profound Lore Records

Reviewer: Jan Jakobsen

 

Jef Whitehead, also known as Wrest, has since the early 2000’s been releasing quality black metal albums. . His first album, The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide, was a masterclass in depressive hate filled metal but since then Wrest has slowly but surely been changing up his style towards a more atmospheric and experimental style. When I’m saying atmospheric, I’m not talking Cascadian style, I’m talking a type of atmosphere that reeks of pure hatred and filth. His latest offering, Scar Sighted, masterfully blends all of what makes black metal so special. It manages to stay both beautiful and ugly in an odd way that you very rarely hear. Wrest’s Lurker of Chalice side project seems to sneak its way onto this album in more than one way with its highly experimental approach. Continue reading

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Blackwelder – Survival of the Fittest (2015)

Artist: Blackwelder

Album: Survival of the Fittest

Label: Golden Core Records

Reviewer: Dan

And another supergroup! Get your pants ready to get changed, guys! Blackwelder is a band consisting of (ex-)members of Gamma Ray, Angra, Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Riot fronted by Primal Fear’s vocalist Ralf Scheepers. Now, if that doesn’t sound fun! Continue reading

Peasant – Go to Hell (2015)

Artist: Peasant

Album: Go to Hell

Label: Independent

Reviewer: GTO

Go to Hell is a great example of why I spend my time sampling underground releases. A band like Peasant, unnoticed to me by conventional means, would not have been discovered if I hadn’t spent my time rolling around online listening to single tracks in the hopes that they would lead to an album’s worth of solid material. With a single listen of Peasant’s “Do You Believe in War?” I knew I had a lot in store for Go to Hell, a record that combines first wave black metal, speed metal, thrash metal, and even traditional metal into a record worth spinning over and over again.

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Arcturus – Arcturian (2015)

Artist: Arcturus

Album: Arcturian

Label: Prophecy

Reviewer: Crono

    

 

Wow. Arcturus. I am going to be completely honest here – I have never listened to Arcturus before this. I always knew about them as a progressive/symphonic black metal band, but I never got around to listening to their older material. I know their albums are respected quite a bit, and I heard some positive buzz for Arcturian, so I decided to write a blind review for it. Continue reading

Abyssal – Antikatastaseis (2015)

Artist: Abyssal

Album: Antikatastaseis

Label: Profound Lore

Reviewer: Goldensundown

Abyssal are a UK based band that seek to create extremely cavernous and immensely oppressive metal that reeks of decay by throwing together elements of black metal and death metal and blending it with the sheer weighty atmosphere of doom metal. With two albums under their belt, Abyssal have dropped “Antikatastaseis”, their third release in a reign of oppressive brutality and decay. Continue reading

Lysithea – Realms (2015)


Artist: Lysithea

Album: Realms

Label: Independent

Reviewer: Dave

Lysithea is billed as a melodic doom metal band, and that is a perfect way of describing their debut, which features long and dreamy soundscapes of clean psychedelic passages punctuated by just enough segments of heavy and melancholic metal to earn them a spot on the Metal Archives. Their debut was entirely instrumental though and on their second release, they added a vocalist. What surprised many, myself included was that the vocalist they opted for was not a traditional doom vocalist but rather a harsh one which results in a rather odd sound. The result was not exactly what you would expect, however. Instead of the grating growls that are typical of melodeath releases, what resulted was closer to Agalloch or the early releases by Opeth, where the vocalist stands out in stark contrast to the melodic music but without creating a bizarre oil-and-water mix. Continue reading