O Saala Sakraal
Emerged from rehearsals for Hadewych, a group of drummers and percussionists created something deeper. Ethereal drones emerging from a deep darkness, spurred on by rhythmic percussion. Just as the cover art it is haunting and uneasy.
The Sense of Dust and Sheer
Ambient / Noise is always hard to appriciate in writing such as this because a lot of releases blend together, as do songs on each release. It's more about the atmosphere and the production quality of it. This one gets special recognition because of it's ties to artists such as Ulver and Amenra, which in a way makes it stand out from the crowd. Dark, paranoid, layered, deep, unsettling and hauntingly beautiful.
Ambient Experimenteel Noise
Gritty, slow, honest and raw blues with a few sprinkles of dissonant noises. I love music that crawls under your skin and settles there, and Bert found a sound that does exactly that.
Blues Blues & Folk
If you were ever unsure what "Black'n'Roll" would entail, check this track out. A bunch of Aussies who are part groove, part kvlt and above all furious. This record often invokes imagery of Shiva for me. The transformer dancing and thus bringing about the end of the world. Dancing to the early grave. That is Pagan!
Black Metal Metal Rock
A pressing, heavy and sweeping soundtrack with uttermost tragic strings in front. The music chugs industrious as the generator would, but when that beat stops sorrow creeps up to the edges and foul cold wind blow it over, freezing it to death. Intense, tragic, melancholic.
Dead Can Dance
I understand this Dead Can Dance 'rivival' is a letdown for some due to the direction taken, but as a newcomer to this party I absolutely love it! The thick layer of atmosphere in the sound creates a warm mystical soundscape which intrigues the listener.It's tribal, folky, mysterious, colorful and energetic.
Anna von Hausswolff
Haunting indie/blues/rock/noise. Especially the vocal performance on 'The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra' is so eeriely good, it pierces my nerves and shivers my spine. Who is she? Who is she to say goodbye?!
Blues Experimenteel Indie Post Rock
De Oord is a short but intense split demonstrating both bands finest work to date. Bleak but groovy riffs supported by menacing blastbeats and spine-chilling screams telling a tales of two rivers. The fact that two rivers can inspire such masterpieces is telling for the creative force in both bands.
Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik
This record finally does what I always hoped Wardruna and/or Skuggsja would do; create the heavy dark folk atmosphere of Wardruna with the structures and melodies of Enslaved. It is by far the best horse in the Einar/Ivar stable so far. Get ready to close your eyes and get goosebumps all over.
Blues & Folk Folk
Jord does what Deafheaven does, but with a bit more dynamics in the songwriting. Expect colourful shredding guitars, pumping riffs and melodic breaks covered with gnarly screams. Every second of this record shows an idea, and most of them are very very interesting.
Black Metal Metal Post Metal
With Doom We Come
Summoning does as Summoning is. No need to expect groundbreaking material, but no fan wants that. We want Summoning to be the sure footing in a rapid changing blackmetal scene. More of the same epic Tolkien metal. Some most memorable songs of their discography and some more than welcome filler.
Black Metal Folk Metal Metal