Gevurah – Hallelujah! (2016)

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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

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Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule (2016)

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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

Krallice – Hyperion (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Krallice

Album: Hyperion

Label: Profound Lore Records

 

Man, Krallice, huh? Silence for a few years after Years Past Matter, and then, completely unexpected, they drop Ygg Huur, a full-length that saw their sound transform into something much more technical and dark, dropping the crescendos and climaxes that characterized their earlier music. And now, what do I see but another release, mere months after Ygg Huur? Man, I need to get on top of the Krallice media machine because this is all completely unexpected. Continue reading

Sumac – The Deal (2015)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Sumac

Album: The Deal

Label: Profound Lore

 

Straying from the stricter confined of pure metal for the moment, members of Isis, Old Man Gloom, Botch and Baptists team up for a monumental slab of sludgy, dissonant metallic hardcore. Ever since Neurosis turned their hardcore roots to post metal and Converge released Jane Doe almost 15 years ago, there has been a distinct and creative strain existing within the overall banner of ‘metalcore’. Whilst the more obvious bands play ostensibly (and arguably) metal music in the vein of Gothenburg riffing supplemented with hardcore breakdowns and some vocal traits, the other school of thought usually has a more overall hardcore sound, shape and look, injecting metal in the form of brutal, dissonant and thick riffs reclaimed from the metallic domain of sludge metal. Continue reading

Cruciamentum – Charnel Passages (2015)

Author: Goldensundown

Band: Cruciamentum

Album: Charnel Passages

Label: Profound Lore Records

Originally formed in 2007, Cruciamentum have a couple of demos as well as EP and a split with label mates Vasaeleth under their belts, however Charnel Passages is the debut album offering from this English death metal group and is a swirling affair of Incantation styled darkness and death. It is not at all surprising to see this released under Profound Lore, given Cruciamentum share the label with other fantastic cavernous, Incantation-esque bands like Abyssal, Vasaeleth and of course, Disma nor does the album title feel inappropriate – one does feel like they’re truly being lead through charnel passages with this release. Continue reading

Leviathan – Scar Sighted (2015)

Artist: Leviathan

Album: Scar Sighted

Label: Profound Lore Records

Reviewer: Jan Jakobsen

 

Jef Whitehead, also known as Wrest, has since the early 2000’s been releasing quality black metal albums. . His first album, The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide, was a masterclass in depressive hate filled metal but since then Wrest has slowly but surely been changing up his style towards a more atmospheric and experimental style. When I’m saying atmospheric, I’m not talking Cascadian style, I’m talking a type of atmosphere that reeks of pure hatred and filth. His latest offering, Scar Sighted, masterfully blends all of what makes black metal so special. It manages to stay both beautiful and ugly in an odd way that you very rarely hear. Wrest’s Lurker of Chalice side project seems to sneak its way onto this album in more than one way with its highly experimental approach. Continue reading