Abominor – Opus Decay

Abominor are a black metal band from Reykjavík, Iceland. Formed back in 2008, this is their first release since their 2010 demo, and it left quite an impression on me. Iceland is having something of a black metal renaissance at the moment, with groups like Svartidauði, Sinmara (formerly Chao), and Misþyrming making huge waves across

Leviathan – Scar Sighted

Leviathan is the one-man black metal project of the controversial California-based multi-instrumentalist, tattooist Jef Whitehead, a.k.a. ‘Wrest’. Wrest made a name for himself with Leviathan’s early music which channelled the depressive suicidal black metal spirit better than almost any of his contemporaries, and 2003’s ‘The Tenth Sub-Level of Suicide’ remains a classic within that subgenre.

ZOM – Flesh Assimilation

ZOM are a blackened death metal group from Dublin, Ireland. With their debut full-length album ‘Flesh Assimilatiion’ they join bands like their fellow Irish compatriots Malthusian in the fight to create the most cacophonous, cavernous death metal out there, and do a marvellous job of it, blending catchy, punishing riffs, with brutal vocals that demolish

Sinmara – Aphotic Womb

I’ve long been fascinated by Iceland’s music scene, its metal scene in particular. For such a small country with such a low population it’s surprising how many quality bands they produce. Svartidauði, Wormlust, Sólstafir, Angist, Carpe Noctem, Mannveira… Suffice it to say that they have a thriving metal scene. And if you know anything about

Falls of Rauros & Panopticon – Split 12″

Both Falls of Rauros and Panopticon are United States black metal-ish bands who have collaborated for this powerful 12" split release. Panopticon (actually a solo project) is openly anarchistic in the real sense of the term, opposing both the state and capitalism. While I’m not quite so certain about Falls of Rauros, looking at the

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Review: Naðra – “Eitur”

In the last few months I’ve been fascinated by the Icelandic metal scene. Musically it seems to take what Norway and Sweden are doing with death and black metal but somehow make it even darker and, in many cases, stranger. A good example of this would be Wormlust who take atmospheric black metal and infuse

Liber Necris – Negative Creator

Sometimes you click play on an album without knowing quite what to expect and find yourself blown away by what you find, and this is one of such occasions. Liber Necris’ EP Negative Creator is one of the most ferociously heavy records I have ever had the borderline-masochistic pleasure of listening to. Drawing together influences

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Invidious – In Death

Invidious are a Swedish death/black metal band from Uppsala, Sweden, a city also home to Watain and In Solitude. What first drew me to this band was the discovery that Pelle Åhman, vocalist in heavy metal band In Solitude (a personal favourite), was also the vocalist in a death metal band. Having heard his fantastic

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