Krigsgrav – Waves of Degradation (2016)


Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Krigsgrav

Album: Waves of Degradation

Label: Bindrune Recordings

Rating: 7/10

Krigsgrav. The name sounds like they’re from Scandinavia. They play a blend of atmospheric doomy black metal. Imagine my surprise when their Archives page tells me they’re from Texas. I suppose if Australia’s Mournful Congregation can release The June Frost, this isn’t too much of a stretch. Rooted primarily in atmospheric black metal, Krigsgrav don’t buy too heavily into the Cascadian sound of their northern neighbours, instead opting for a bleaker offering with touches of doom and folk. Continue reading


Wilt – Moving Monoliths (2015)


Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Wilt

Album: Moving Monoliths

Label: Bindrune Recordings



The 2015 torrent of atmospheric black metal continues with Moving Monoliths, the debut full-length by Winnipeg’s Wilt. My reaction to each new one that crosses my desk has become routine. I shake my head and mutter to myself, then press play and give a resigned nod as I try to figure out how a genre so hopelessly glutted can still continue to entertain me. Continue reading

Panopticon – Autumn Eternal (2015)

Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Panopticon

Album: Autumn Eternal

Label: Bindrune Recordings


After three releases in the vein of DSBM/Atmospheric Black metal, Panopticon, the brainchild of Austin Lunn, rose to prominent attention with 2012’s Kentucky. For what may have been the first time in black metal, Panopticon incorporated the use of traditional folk music from the southern United States, including banjo, steel string guitar and fiddle. The unconventional approach worked for some, and others disregarded as a gimmick, but Kentucky was widely regarded as a high achievement in American black metal, and the term ‘Appalachian Black Metal’ was used to distinguish the music’s influences from its northern Cascadian cousins. Continue reading

Nechochwen – Heart of Akamon (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Nechochwen

Album: Heart of Akamon

Label: Bindrune Recordings

Nechochwen has actually been around for quite a while, starting originally as a neofolk solo project. However, their second album, Azimuths to the Otherworld, introduced heavier guitars and vocals. Heart of Akamon is the final realization of this slow shift towards atmospheric black metal, and it is an album with lots of variety and a few pretty heavy songs. The riffs and vocals can hit pretty hard, and you can tell that they really tried to make as intense of an album as they could while maintaining some of the aboriginal-inspired neofolk from their previous albums. The result is a strong album with lots of variety. Continue reading