Névoa – Re Un (2016)

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Artist: Névoa

Album: Re Un

Label: Avantgarde Music

Névoa is a new black metal band from Portugal. Re Un is their second release, their debut coming out around this time last year. I remember listening to their debut, The Absence of Void, and really enjoying their bleak atmosphere and the distinctly Cascadian black metal sound. However, Re Un sees Névoa shifting their sound quite a bit, going from their Wolves in the Throne Room inspired sound to combination of two different sounds, one for each half of the album. The first half is more in line with psychedelic black metal like Aluk Todolo or Oranssi Pazuzu, while the second half of the album takes a heavier turn, reminding me of bands like Year of No Light and Altar of Plagues.

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Ashbringer – Yūgen (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Ashbringer

Album: Yūgen

Label: Avantgarde Music

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

 

 

Yūgen is the second full-length album from Ashbringer, an atmospheric black metal band from the States. It is another album in a style that is becoming more and more familiar to me as more bands stumble upon it. I believe that Ashbringer shares a similar approach to their music as Amiensus and Oak Pantheon. These three bands (among a few others) share a sound that approaches atmospheric black metal from many different sides, combining progressive song structures with folk, ambience, and epic flourishes. The result is a more energetic atmospheric black metal, less sorrowful and bleak, and Ashbringer navigate that space brilliantly.  Continue reading

Dystopia Nå – Dweller On The Threshold (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Dystopia Nå!

Album: Dweller On The Threshold

Label: Avantgarde Music

 

Dystopia Nå! What a band name! This is (obviously) Norwegian for Dystopia Now! Dweller on the Threshold is Dystopia Nå’s second album. This band has such an interesting approach to the style of music they are attempting to do, which is apparently depressive black metal, but with so many other elements pushed into it that you couldn’t be blamed for calling this a progressive black/death album. Continue reading