Skáphe – Skáphe² (2016)

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Author: Arvind

Band: Skáphe

Album: Skáphe²

Genre: Black Metal

Label: Fallen Empire

Skáphe inhabits a strange sonic space. Their sound manifests as a sort of abyssic yawp, a fading bellow, traces of which can be heard reverberating through atonal frequencies and drawn-out atmospherics. Yet for all the atonality, there’s a strange order to the music, as if each note and chord was placed with deliberate intent. This is almost entirely due to the work of mastermind and guitarist AP, whose riffs spiral ever downward, hanging in the purgatory between distortion and dissonance as vocalist DG howls incantations into the whirlwind. Within the gloom, warped grooves make their way in and out of prominence – halfway through “III”, the cavernous production pulls away slightly to reveal a driving kick drum while AP’s guitar slowly bends itself out of shape. The end result is esoteric, but also captivating, as the strange frequencies grasp at the ears and refuse to let go. Continue reading

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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

Demo Roundup #1

Instead of a normal one album review, I’ve decided to show off some demos from earlier in the year I feel went undeservedly unnoticed

Bands: The Death Wheelers, Phrenelith, Axis of Light

Releases: See below

Reviewer: Goldensundown

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