Covenant Festival 2016 Review

Author: Crono


From June 16 to 19th, over 20 bands descended upon Vancouver, Canada to participate in the second Covenant Festival, a black and death metal festival that was sorely needed in Vancouver. I went last year and was extremely excited for this year. I’m going to run through every band that I saw and highlight the amazing moments of the fest.   Continue reading

Gevurah – Hallelujah! (2016)


Author: Crono

Artist: Gevurah

Album: Hallelujah!

Label: Profound Lore

Genre: Black Metal


Hallelujah! is the debut album from black metal duo Gevurah, coming hot on the heels of three short demo releases. I had actually heard the release previous to this, Dialogue of Broken Stars, so I had an idea of what I was going to be listening to. What the demo did not prepare me for was how evil and crushing a full-length from Gevurah would be. Hallelujah! is dark, monstrous, and baleful black metal.  Continue reading

First Fragment – Dasein (2016)


Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: First Fragment

Album: Dasein

Genre: Technical Death Metal

Label: Unique Leader Records




It’s not always easy to sell me on Technical Death Metal. On the surface, I should be clamoring at the chance to hear an album in the vein of Cryptopsy, Suffocation or Atheist. But in a post-Necrophagist world, and especially on Unique Leader Records, with the likes of Rings of Saturn, Spawn of Possesion and Fallujah under their belts, the term can condemn a band to sterile, over-produced and senseless guitar-wankery. However-many exceptions I have to this rule in that I thoroughly enjoy Archspire and Beyond Creation, it was really guitarist Phil Tougas who had sold me on this release, in that his other project Chthe’ilist is still hovering up around the top of my end of year list, largely in part due to the lead guitar work.  Continue reading

Sorcier des Glaces – North (2016)


Author: Crono

Artist: Sorcier des Glaces

Album: North

Label: Obscure Abhorrence Productions

Genre: Second-Wave Black Metal


The province of Quebec in Canada is a breeding ground for black metal. Something about the older culture, the harsh climate, and the proud people seems to be the perfect spot for black metal to grow roots. There are many well-known bands that represent a distinct Quebecois black metal sound, including Forteresse, Gris, and Sombres Forêts. That brings us to today’s band, Sorcier des Glaces. While they might also be from Quebec, we would be wrong to include them in the Quebecois black metal umbrella of sound. Not only are Sorcier des Glaces quite distinct from that sound, they have also been around for much longer than any of the other bands mentioned, having released their first album way back in 1998. Sorcier des Glaces harkens back to a much older sound, that of second-wave black metal and they play it perfectly. Continue reading

Demo Roundup #6


Author: Goldensundown

Bands: Tomb Mold, Kabbalah

Albums: The Bottomless Perdition, Revelations

Labels: Independent

In this demo roundup, I’ll be featuring a band I featured on a previous one – Kabbalah – who have graced us with another great EP, as well as featuring the debut demo from new death metal band Tomb Mold. Continue reading

Begrime Exemious – The Enslavement Conquest (2016)


Author: Brandon

Band: Begrime Exemious

Album: The Enslavement Conquest

Label: Dark Descent

Canadian death metallers Begrime Exemious finally, after four years of EPs (and a split) return with their third studio album, The Enslavement Conquest in March. There have been some changes from the last LP – this time, founding member Derek Orthner is on lead vocals as well as manning one of their two guitar positions for the first time on LP (though he’s done the same on non-album material before now), bassist Alastair Ritoul has returned, and guitarist F. Thibaudeau is for the first time playing on a Begrime LP – and they sound all the better for it. Continue reading

Funeral Fornication – The Lamentation (2016)


Author: Crono

Artist: Funeral Fornication

Album: The Lamentation

Label: Kristallblutrecords


Okay, first of all, let’s just deal with this band name. I have no idea what Funeral Fornication is supposed to mean, but I have two possible guesses: either it’s fornicating with the corpse, or it’s fornicating near the corpse. Regardless, the band name instantly makes me think of some kind of grindcore band, or perhaps a really filthy black metal band. What we have instead is a kind of atmospheric black metal that has some pretty interesting differences separating it from the normal atmoblack sound. The Lamentation is Funeral Fornication’s fifth full length and I have it on good authority that it is their best album to date. Continue reading

Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule (2016)


Author: Goldensundown

Band: Chthe’ilist

Album: Le Dernier Crépuscule

Label: Profound Lore Records


Sometime during 2012 a four track demo of chaotic, swampy and croaking Demilich/Finn-death inspired death metal, Amechth’ntaas’m’rriachth, was dropped by this Canadian band, and it drove the hype trains in the underground wild for a while. However silence followed this demo up until the end of 2015, when Paolo Girardi showed off the artwork he had been creating for the band’s studio debut, Le Dernier Crépuscule, slated for a release early this year. Le Dernier Crépuscule builds upon the foundations laid in the demo and is a fantastic release. 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

Revenge – Behold.Total.Rejection (2015)


Author: Jan Jakobsen

Artist: Revenge

Album: Behold.Total.Rejection

Label: Season of Mist


Revenge is the gift that keeps on giving. After fifteen years of writing and playing some of the most bestial and aggressive black metal out there, Revenge still manages to up the extremity on Behold.Total.Rejection. James Read and Vermin are the two men behind all the music, and James Read in particular is somewhat of a legend in the War Metal scene considering his work with Conqueror in addition to Revenge. With War Metal, or Bestial Black Metal as it’s also called, many bands often fall into the mistake of simply plagiarizing or mimicking Blasphemy, and of course Revenge takes a lot of influence from them, but they have managed to find their own identity and sound. Continue reading