despair, dementia, dissent
black, death, funeral, dungeon, dark ambient, sadgaze, harsh electronics, intense (neo-)classical
Oh yeah, this is some proper creepy dark ambient. AJNA’s Lucid Intrusion (2018, Cyclic Law) has an impalpable subtlety that sets it apart in the genre. There’s something lurking in the room, draped in dust, drifting on the seas of dream.
It’s good times for blackened crust/hardcore. ANCST are one of the greats. This year’s ghosts of the timeless void (2018, Lifeforce) is energetic as all hell, with rousing riffs and blizzard blasts.
Cosmic Church’s final album Täyttymys is an epic piece of atmospheric black metal. Great leads, a touch of bombast, a melancholic and heavy journey. Out now via Kuunpalvelus.
If you’re in the mood for some brutal sludgy hardcore, check out First Degree’s remastered edition of Street Justice (2018, Rabid Bite). It’s aggressive, crushing, and will make you bang your head. That’s all I ask.
Want some more doom? Governance by khost (2017, Cold Spring) is a plodding industrial swamp album with maddening chants, strings, brass, and a plethora of effects. A haunting, varied, and absolutely crushing work.
Necromantia - Scarlet Evil Witching Black (1995, Osmose)
This is some solid black from Greece. A nice vicious sound, not afraid to go a little heavy on the synths (“The Arcane Light of Hecate”), drop in some solos, a doom riff… A pretty varied album.
Seeking Infinity is classic Pantheïst. (Trust me, I know). Epic funeral doom with plenty of room for classical influences, taking the time to bring across its philosophical theme of the self. The band’s most aggressive and concise album in years.
Alma is Windfaerer delivering blackened melodeath with a ton of catchy hooks and a starring role for violin leads. It’s epic and rocking, but melancholic at times. Came out last month on Avantgarde Music.