Goat Torment – Sermons to Death (2015)

Author: Goldensundown

Band: Goat Torment

Album: Sermons to Death

Label: Amor Fati Productions

Sermons to Death is this Belgian black metal 2 piece’s sophomore effort, and is an aural assault of blast beats and swirling, sometimes, angular, tremolo riffage. The band themselves have been fairly low profile; neither of the two members have been in vastly popular bands, aside from the drummer’s recent stint as Bethelem’s drummer (and a small stint as Belphagor’s live drummer in 2007). Continue reading

Evil Invaders – Pulses of Pleasure (2015)

Author: Goldensundown

Band: Evil Invaders

Album: Pulses of Pleasure

Label: Napalm Records

Metal is a genre that is fairly steeped in traditionalism, especially nowadays with the amount of retro worship bands and bands hoping to recreate the energy and sound of their favourite bands that exist. Evil Invaders definitely fit into this section of metal with their debut effort, Pulses of Pleasure, taking cues from the more visceral end of 80’s speed metal, including what could only be in reference to the Razor album Evil Invaders with their band name as well as the more traditional, Judas Priest stylings in some of the high end vocal display and song crafting. Continue reading

Hope Drone – Cloak of Ash (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Hope Drone

Album: Cloak of Ash

Label: Relapse Records

The name Hope Drone may sound like Deafheaven by way of Sunn O))), but what we have instead is yet another atmospheric black metal album. If I sound less than enthusiastic, it’s because that is an accurate reflection of my feelings towards the subgenre at the moment. It seems a new one crosses my radar every few days, and atmospheric music is not something I see as being especially surplus tolerant, especially not late in the summer when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear and bright every day. And with almost 80 minutes of atmospheric black metal ahead of me on this release, I was expecting something of an ordeal, but Hope Drone won me over. Continue reading

Demo Roundup #2

Author: Goldensundown

Bands: Cloak, Kult of the Wizard

Releases: Succumb, The White Wizard

Labels: Transylvanian Tapes, Independent

The second instalment of my nifty demo roundup is going up a bit sooner than I was expecting. Need to wrap my ears around a couple of albums a few more times before dropping some reviews for them. This time, being featured is Cloak and Kult of the Wizard. Continue reading

Advent Sorrow – As All Light Leaves Her (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Advent Sorrow

Album: As All Light Leaves Her

Label: Independent

 Man, what is it with Australia and depressive black metal bands? Is it really that bad there? I mean, Norway, sure. It’s grim and frostbitten. The only thing that is going to bite you in Australia is a snake, or maybe a koala. Nevertheless, following the tradition of the amazing Woods of Desolation comes Advent Sorrow. This is their debut album, although they’ve released a few smaller demos and EPs to get ramped up. Continue reading

Cloud Rat – Qliphoth (2015)

Author: Goldensundown

Band: Cloud Rat

Album: Qliphoth

Label: Halo of Flies

Cloud Rat are an interesting beast within the grindcore sound; mixing a lot of slow, drawn out and quite sombre parts in with visceral sounding grindcore they’ve created a beauty and the beast duality throughout their previous 2 albums and numerous other works. Their third album, Qlipoth, is no different here, even using this duality more and could honestly be the best of their studio album material. Continue reading

Ghost – Meliora (2015)

Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Ghost

Album: Meliora

Label: Loma Vista Recordings

It is remarkable how Ghost have gone from being an underground sensation to being a massive rock phenomenon in less than five years. Back in 2010, Ghost were featured in Fenriz’s Band of the Week segment and three years later, they had the honor of finishing Hellfest 2013 and delivered quite possibly my favorite concert of all time. Fast forward two years and they are playing in stadiums together with Foo Fighters. Some might say that Ghost became big only because of their gimmick and not their music, but I would say that it is a mix of the two. When Opus Eponymous first came out it became an instant occult rock classic. Ghost managed to seamlessly blend Blue Öyster Cult and Mercyful Fate into one catchy package. The added gimmick of being anonymous certainly helped in catapulting their fame, but there were no denying that Opus Eponymous was a special album. Continue reading

Lluvia – Eternidad Solemne (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Lluvia

Album: Eternidad Solemne

Label: Fallen Empire

 

Lluvia is a Mexican black metal band that has already been through a name change since its recent formation in 2012. Originally called The Rain In Endless Fall, the band released a very short demo that somehow gained a lot of underground attention, myself included, even at a brief 9 minutes long. Shortly thereafter, Lluvia was picked up by their current label, Fallen Empire, and they have released two full-length albums so far, Eternidad Solemne being their second. Before we go any further, I have to say that Eternidad Solemne is an amazing album, with a sound completely its own. Continue reading

Symphony X – Underworld (2015)

Author: Dave

Artist: Symphony X

Album: Underworld

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

For most power metal fans, Symphony X needs no introduction. Like them or not, they have remained one of the more consistent and prolific bands in their genre since their debut more than twenty years ago. Underworld is their ninth full-length album and is every bit as Symphony X as you could possibly expect. For those of you who are already familiar with their epic and aggressive style, this will fall nicely into their discography as another compilation of Michael Romeo’s neoclassical compositions.

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Khemmis – Absolution (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Khemmis

Album: Absolution

Label: 20 Buck Spin

Some time around 1995, I was still in the early stages of discovering metal and spent a great deal of time listening to the local rock radio station hoping to hear a Metallica or Megadeth song. On one such occasion, I heard an advertisement for a concert: Mercyful Fate and Solitude Aeturnus. I had never heard of either band, but they sounded interesting, so the next day I had my parents drive me to the local Blockbuster Music store and had myself a listen. Beyond the Crimson Horizon immediately became my new favorite album. The fantastic atmosphere of the music and the magic of Rob Lowe’s voice fit perfectly with the D&D rulebooks and Lovecraft stories in which I was ensconced at the time.

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