Satan’s Satyrs – Don’t Deliver Us (2015)

Author: Goldensundown

Band: Satan’s Satyrs

Album: Don’t Deliver Us

Label: Bad Omen Records

Satan’s Satyrs were a band that came to my attention while reading through an issue of Iron Fist (#8) early last year and was instantly taken in by the fuzzed out combination of 60’s/70’s garage rock, early punk and trad doom thrown in with the pulp-y aesthetics of 60’s biker films and occultism of the debut, Wild Beyond Belief! The sophomore effort, Die Screaming, expanded the sound more and drew in interesting inclusions of carnival-esque sounds, surf rock and an overall less raw sounding but good experience and their third album, Don’t Deliver Us, furthers the ambitious sound expansions of the previous release. Continue reading

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Kauan – Sorni Nai (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Kauan

Album: Sorni Nai

Label: Blood Music

 

For those that don’t know, Kauan is a long-running Russian band, whose music has normally tended towards the beautiful, leaning on ambient, folk, post-rock, and heart-wrenching Finnish vocals. However, every once in a while Kauan will flex a little bit doom and black metal muscle, cutting through their usual melancholy beauty with something that is crushing. But let’s be honest here: Kauan makes pretty music, and you must enjoy pretty music to get into Kauan, not matter how many times they toss in some heavy vocals. Continue reading

Tusmørke & Spectral Haze – Elektriske Skrekkøgler og Forhistoriske Fremtidsfabler (2015)

Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Tusmørke & Spectral Haze

Album: Tusmørke Vs Spectral Haze – Elektriske Skrekkøgler og Forhistoriske Fremtidsfabler

Label: Duplicate Records

With an album titled as weird as Elektriske Skrekkøgler og Forhistoriske Fremtidsfabler, roughly translated to “Electric Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Future Fables”, you know you are in for a treat. This split consists of two of Norway’s best progressive and spacey rock outfits of the 2010’s. Tusmørke is 70’s progressive rock made in 2015 in every sense; they got the Jethro Tull flutes, the Yes esque-vocals and the general weirdness of King Crimson. They have already released two critically acclaimed full-lengths and their live shows are notoriously experimental, performing mainly unreleased material. The other half of this split is space rockers Spectral Haze. Their music is a cosmic journey through space and time, heavy Sleep influence mixed in with a drugged out atmosphere. Relax, eat some mushrooms and travel throughout outer space together with Spectral Haze. Continue reading

Graveyard – Innocence & Decadence (2015)

Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Graveyard

Album: Innocence & Decadence

Label: Nuclear Blast

Swedish old-school blues rockers Graveyard are back with their fourth effort. Starting up in 2006, they have built themselves a steady following with their psychedelic brand of stoner/blues rock. Originally starting up as Norrsken, the members split up and then formed two of Sweden’s most prominent rock acts of the 21th century with Witchcraft and Graveyard. Now, for Innocence & Decadence, the band have undergone a small lineup change with co-founder and bass player Rikard Edlund leaving the band. Now, founding member Truls Mörck is back in business. Continue reading

Ghost – Meliora (2015)

Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Ghost

Album: Meliora

Label: Loma Vista Recordings

It is remarkable how Ghost have gone from being an underground sensation to being a massive rock phenomenon in less than five years. Back in 2010, Ghost were featured in Fenriz’s Band of the Week segment and three years later, they had the honor of finishing Hellfest 2013 and delivered quite possibly my favorite concert of all time. Fast forward two years and they are playing in stadiums together with Foo Fighters. Some might say that Ghost became big only because of their gimmick and not their music, but I would say that it is a mix of the two. When Opus Eponymous first came out it became an instant occult rock classic. Ghost managed to seamlessly blend Blue Öyster Cult and Mercyful Fate into one catchy package. The added gimmick of being anonymous certainly helped in catapulting their fame, but there were no denying that Opus Eponymous was a special album. Continue reading

Year of the Goat – The Unspeakable (2015)

Artist: Year of the Goat

Album: The Unspeakable

Label: Napalm Records

Reviewer: Jan Jakobsen (VENOM_IST_FALSE)

¨Lucifer is not fallen, he is the force that rises above such silly concepts as moral absolutes and eternal torture for non and petty crimes.¨

The satanic psych/doom rockers of Year of the Goat areback with their sophomore album, The Unspeakable and tasked with a difficult job in trying to outdo their debut Angel’s Necropolis. They emerged in the scene in the aftermath of the Ghost hype together with loads of other bands that took heavy influence from Pentagram, Lucifer’s Friend, Black Widow and Blue Öyster Cult. Year of the Goat managed to make a name for themselves by creating a brand of neo psych/doom rock that sounded epic and majestic while also having lyrics that sounded more mature and more refined than Ghost. The satanic imagery and theme is 100 % there, but the lyrics are more akin to orthodox black metal than any other genre. Continue reading