CORPUS CHRISTII – The Bitter End of Old

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://lnk.to/thebitterendofold The long-running Portugese purveyors of deep-seated melancholy is undoubtedly one of the most noteworthy bands in the black metal underground today, and their upcoming LP titled “The Bitter End of Old” marks yet another step forward in the determined duo’s ongoing journey. The 9-track record is a bone-chilling affair and…

UTFLOD – Undergang

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Undergang | Utflod (bandcamp.com) Thanks to a very cool dude named Ronnie, I got my hands on this superb 4-track EP titled “Undergang” by the Norwegian outfit known as Utflod, and I am forever grateful to him for making sure this musical hand grenade ended up in my mailbox. The quintet…

FROSTMOON ECLIPSE – Rustworn

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://smarturl.it/rustworn This sparkling new EP by the Italian black metallers Frostmoon Eclipse is a deeply atmospheric gem, and it is fabulous to see that their uniquely evocative brand of contemplative, pitch-black melancholy remains intact. I was thoroughly impressed with “Worse Weather to Come” (2019) and “Rustworn”, which contains two new songs…

MOLUCHTAS – Telos Terminus

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://godzovwarproductions.bandcamp.com/album/telos-terminus Eight menacing and twisted black/death metal hymns with trance-inducing qualities and inhuman vocals are what we have here, and this compilation, which contains two different EPs, by the Belgian entity known as Moluchtas is a delightfully nihilistic piece of work. With its pitch-black atmosphere and semi-repetitive riffs that cast a…

PHALANX INFERNO/MELEK-THA – Order of Eternal Indifference

RELEASE YEAR: 2021  BAND URL: https://godzovwarproductions.bandcamp.com/album/order-of-eternal-indifference Although this split album by the US horde Phalanx Inferno and the French entity Melek-Tha is not brand spanking new as such (it was released back in early December), it is such an interesting one that we need to churn out a few sentences about its many merits. I love…

CORRUPTER – Descent into Madness

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Descent Into Madness | CORRUPTER | 𝔊𝔬𝔡𝔷 𝔒𝔳 𝔚𝔞𝔯 𝔓𝔯𝔬𝔡𝔲𝔠𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫𝔰 (bandcamp.com) From the fiery pits of the French metal underground comes the 2-man outfit Corrupter, and this skilled duo shows great promise and potential here. “Descent into Madness” is a rather short and concise affair that encapsulates much of what I…

MARA – Loka Mær

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: MARA – LOKA MÆR (smarturl.it)   The Swedish quartet known as Mara is one of the more intriguing and noteworthy acts to be found in today’s black metal scene, and these purveyors of blistering darkness are about to unleash a 6-track album that blends precision, atmosphere, and majestic melodies to…

LICHTBLICK – Abkehr

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: LICHTBLICK – ABKEHR (smarturl.it) I have never previously encountered this Austrian quartet but what I can tell you is that their brand of bleak and melancholic black metal with an emphasis on trance-inducing riffs and tortured vocals that reek of despair and existential angst is a noteworthy one.  There is a subtle sense of beauty…

CORRODER – Tombs of Terror

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://corroderofficial.bandcamp.com/album/tombs-of-terror Thanks to the good folks over at heavymetal.no who posted a short news article about Norwegian outfit Corroder’s latest demo EP, I discovered this 5-track grenade and checked it out on Bandcamp only to find that it is just as filthy, vile, and delightfully unhinged as I had hoped it…

MUERT – Haeresis

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://smarturl.it/Haeresis   The Spanish squadron known as Muert will soon unleash the utterly chaotic and completely unhinged opus titled “Haeresis”, and there is a lot for you to look forward to here if grinding black metal madness from the wrong side of the tracks appeals to you. As evidenced by the…