When it comes to extreme music from Italy, you can expect it to be the epitome of that very word. It doesn’t matter if it is death metal, black metal or grind….the Italians know how to create some fine heavy music. This time around, it’s a black metal band known as Darkend. Their third full length album, The Canticle of Shadows, is the Fleshgod Apocalypse of their genre. Savage musicianship, layers of sound and instrumentation and foul screams cast out to shatter your skull. Darkend is a band you need to be listening to.
You know of Inquisition. Black metal . Some tried to make a controversy of them 2 years ago (massive eye roll). You may have heard of them before as one of the better Satanic black metal acts. Hell you may have only recently heard of them for the first time this year due to massive word of mouth. Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith is one of those bands where runnerjma, wyattxhim and others have just been gushing about them. So much so that my bar was unfairly raised for them rather high. I’ll admit, this will be my first time listening to this band with a reviewer ear against the speakers. So let me listen and I will get back to you…
Enoid is a one man black metal act that brings you harsh guitar tones, flat drum production and wretched screams. You want the sound of Norway in the late 80’s and early 90’s? Then here you go. This is your chance to relive the DIY shit sounds of 2 decades ago. But for us who aren’t production elitists and worship fine black metal, no matter how distorted and loud the treble may be, you may find some solace in what you hear on Exile Aux Confins Des Tourments by Enoid. Oh yes, the sounds that emit from my speakers are as wicked as the musical instrumentation and vocals are. It’s all so scarily……good.
Just a simple couple of quick reviews for you headbanging heathens out there. Some unorthodox blackened doom, death doom with strange clean vocals, kvlt as fuck black metal from Norway and a denim clad heavy metal masterpiece from Canada!