These reviews I will be focusing on are streaming in full over on YouTube right now on one of my favorite channels: Atmospheric Black Metal Albums. This channel is always updating and always pushing/promoting some of the best black metal to be released. Consistency is key and most of the promos I get are death metal so it’s great to have an option and a station of nothing but intense beautiful black metal. Here are some I listened to over the past week and my thoughts on these albums.
This week will feature more bands but with far less description. I will leave basic info, a score and a link so you can check them out yourself. This week we have…
SGUAGUARAHCHRISTIS’ ‘Der Nacht’ is a hollow and dark black metal release. With everything you would expect and love about the genre you can find right here with this release. The production is intentionally bleak and void of a lot of bass. Continue reading
Die Choking’s “II” brought the pain, grind tone and tempo to smash heads with their new EP. This release came in, made their mark and left within 6 minutes. Continue reading
I’m just going to steal the words from the Bandcamp page to introduce Sviatibor to those who have not heard of it yet. “Sviatibor is a solo European Metal project from France formed by Thomas Hornstein, who is engaged in a fight for the European heritage and the return of pagan philosophy and religions. The main themes of Sviatibor are: True Paganism, Ancient Religion, European Heritage, Slavic Mythology, Germanic/Nordic Mythology, Nature, Odalism.”
In the first ever “Quickest Reviews” post (You will not be seeing these often), I give a very brief description of the band, the genre and a ‘love’, ‘like’ or ‘dislike’. If I really like them, I will do a proper review of the album later down the road once I’ve listened to more and let it sunk in. Let’s get this started:
French black metal horde Malhkebre bring us more blasphemous filth that we all love but this act is more on the weird/unorthodox side of the genre. Not following the usual sounds, screeching and tone; Malkhebre has this cult feeling about it and it’s off putting and ominous. The music itself is dark and brooding while maintaining a faster thrash mentality at times. Vocals are not really sung but they are not really screamed. Rather, they are howled at a raspy loud belch that gives this band character. At first I was underwhelmed by their approach but I must say that this album has character and a uniqueness about it that gives it charm and a lasting impression. 3.5 out of 5
We All Die (Laughing)’s new album “Tentoonstelling”, which makes sense with the album art due to it meaning ‘exhibition’, ‘museum’ and ‘gallery’. So the naked model seen on the cover is supposed to be an exhibit and you are supposed to enjoy the art. Not only that, the fine tuned music within this 2 track mini album is also a wonderful work of art and I must say, the emotional working of these two tracks are stellar works of art.
Double Experience’s sound isn’t metal at all but due to me loving almost anything and everything that has to do with video games, I figured why the hell not. Well, the sound just does not sit well with me as the music belongs on an alternative radio station. Too much poppy rock happening, I like the vocals though. Still, meh. 2.5 out of 5
Giant of the Mountain’s “Moon Worship” is something massively creative and talented, carefully blending elements of black metal into progressive metal, then showing off their skills acoustically while moving towards a sludge and death metal sound. A lot of different sounds combined that ultimately form an enjoyable album to listen to! Definitely check them out and download the album here, I mean they are just giving away the digital version of the album. I highly recommend listening to this right now. Stop reading, click here and press play. Enjoy. 4 out of 5