One of my newly favorite bands Eternal Valley have released a new EP of 4 songs that were recorded around the time the last LP, Screams of Eternal Emptiness, was recorded. The result is just 4 remarkably atmospheric/depressive black metal that wander within the forest of doom and despair. Concealed In Nothingness is not just 4 extra songs that have no true place, these are damn good songs that deserve to be played loud and proud by everyone.
Inferi’s relentless beatings upon the ears are definitely something I can enjoy time and time again. Their cinematic styled writing combining catchy melodic technical death metal and keyboard driven orchestral movements just put me in my happy place. ‘The Path of Apotheosis’ is just creative, fun and enjoyable to listen to.
Returning from their homeland of Sweden to take over the lands in the same way their viking breathren did so long ago, King of Asgard come back with their Nordic themed metal ambush called “Karg”. Another Metal Blade Records treat, KoA give us their fine blend of melody and death metal that they are well known for. Yet, something new is in the air when I blast the new KoA album. Something grim and cold and it stings.
Hailing all the way from Kaliningrad, Russia is a man who takes everything we love about The Lord of the Rings mythology and Summoning then puts his own style into the music using those two as backbone for his structured symphonic journeys. This is no bad quality synth work, this is some carefully composed symphonic sounding stuff combined with elements of epic black metal and an orchestra. Behold the majesty that is Moongates Guardian!
“The Great Dying is a lovecraftian recollection of the permian-triassic extinction event – 252 million years ago, with the loss of between 70 and 96% of all forms of life. The unfathomable loss of life had its origins in hubris, fanaticism and the indifference of powers beyond the antagonists’ comprehension. Time and entropy have all but eradicated evidence of the truth.” Yeah, this is some heavy shit when it comes to theme and imaginative drive. Very massive in tone, cataclysmic in nature and deadly extinction of everything…the music and vocals definitely give you that overwhelming feeling of total oblivion and all is truly lost.
Saor is an atmospheric Celtic black metal band from the mother land, Scotland. Of course it’s going to be as authentic and beautiful as you had hoped. However, some (actually, a lot of people) have never even heard of this band before and their latest release “Aura” just may end up being one of your favorite albums of 2014. How come? Well it’s atmospheric black metal, which is usually stunning by itself. However, this Celtic ideology blended in within the music makes this stand out from the rest. Exceptionally written music, quality production and moments within the massive musical journey that will remind you of your favorite bands. Saor’s latest album is simply this: wonderful.
Okay. Here is something magical that hit my inbox and proceeded to keep me enthralled the entire listen and had me wanting to replay the album constantly. I even took a break from it just to revisit it and make sure I wasn’t insane. Meadows End, a symphonic/melodic death metal band from Sweden gives us the most astonishing sounding music since I heard Caladan Brood’s “Echoes of Battle”. I’m not comparing the two albums based on sound nor genre, I am comparing the feeling I got while listening to each for the first time. This is something magical, something brilliant and something I can listen to on a daily basis.