despair, dementia, dissent
black metal, death metal, funeral, dungeon, dark ambient, harsh electronics, intense (neo-)classical
Yeah this bitch isn’t done by a long shot. This brand new AORATOS album rips hard. Furious, relentless, outer realms-invoking black metal from the mastermind behind AKHLYS. Gods Without Name is out now on Debemur Morti.
Bethlehem’s Lebe Dich Leer dropped May 17th on Prophecy Productions. You’ve been warned. This is crystal-solid black/death with a catchy wave core. And of course, totally howling mad. This one is going on repeat, because this is where my mind wants to go.
This is that PROPER depressive dark metal. I love this to bits. With The Endless Endeavour Belgium’s DRAWN INTO DESCENT put down a deliciously melancholic slab to sink your teeth into. You won’t get too lost in it; this is that soothing stuff. (2019, Avantgarde)
ESOCTRILIHUM are back already with their 4th album and I can’t get enough of this pure cosmic death. It’s not just the overwhelming riffage and searing leads, but the tiny details that cut me to the bone. This one clocks in at 77 minutes and it’s all worth it. The Telluric Ashes of the Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods is out since May 24th on I, Voidhanger.
I’m supposed to call this blackened post-hardcore or some shit, but shrug. What I do care about is that Glassing’s Spotted Horse is full of sharp riffs, powerful breakdowns and an anxious atmosphere that just GETS TO ME. (2019, Brutal Panda)
Laster is weird, experimental, and darkly Dutch. Their third album Het Wassen Oog is an enigmatic work of black metal that doesn’t shy away from the unorthodox. Consider this lady intrigued. Out now on Prophecy.
This would usually be one of the others’ terrain, but I’m claiming OKADA’s new album Life Is But An Empty Dream at least for the aesthetic and the song titles. »Fucked Up Inside« starts off this power ambient trip with a harsh edge. From »The Right To Destroy Myself« onwards, we get a great trio of the project’s usual downcast rhythmic ambient. »Killing Myself for Your Love«, »I Still Wake Up Thinking You Are By My Side«? Yeah, that’s my jam.
Out now on n5MD.
Chile’s SADISM are back with a rock solid thrashy death metal album. Ethereal Dead Cult (2019, Toxic) is 40 minutes non-stop headbanging assault. That’s pretty much all this girl wants or needs today.
It’s a bit of punk ‘n’ roll, and a whole lot of blackened edges. Thonian Horde’s Downfall is a nasty, energetic romp that suits this grumpy gal just fine. Not without its psychy surprises either! Out since May 24th on Grimoire.
Cold, hard, and mechanical. VALBORG’s latest opus delivers those proper punches. Zentrum is a powerful amalgam of recollected rawness and chrome polish. It also somehow manages to be very German and yet not tick me off aesthetically. Sry, not sry! Out since May 17th on Prophecy.