DOMINION OF SUFFERING/PHOBONOID – Dominion of Suffering/Phobonoid

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://godzovwarproductions.bandcamp.com/album/dominion-of-suffering-phobonoid Fucking hell, this is some delightfully intense, unsettling, and interesting stuff courtesy of Dominion of Suffering (Slovakia) and Phobonoid (Italy). While the former serves up claustrophobic, fast-paced, and somewhat deranged black metal that recalls certain French Orthodox BM outfits, Phobonoid is a far trippier and more surreal listen and one…

PICTURE ANN IS LED ASTRAY

The tail end of December saw the lo-fi ambient post-rockers known as Picture Ann grace a doomed planet with a full-length album comprised of six sprawling compositions that all revolve around the idea of losing one’s way in life, of being misled and losing oneself somewhere terrible only to find the way back home an…

PICTURE ANN RELEASES “INDICATION”

The latest full-length offering by the demented peddlers of haunting dark ambient drones and lo-fi post-rock soundscapes is out now and contains three tracks with a rather loose concept and theme to them. From the industrial revolution in Britain to the strangely unsettling works of painter Walter Sickert and further on to the cinematic quality…

PICTURE ANN releases “The Gray”

The latest slice of lo-fi post-rock and dark ambient drone experimentation from the odd corners of Picture Ann’s strange musical realm is out now and entitled The Gray. With the EP undoubtedly taking a rather dim view of human nature and delving into existential anguish and intense dread, the spirit of Gothic literature and how…

MELT MOTIF – Particles. Death Objective

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://meltmotif.bandcamp.com/album/particles-death-objective The brilliant Norwegian/Brazilian purveyors of melancholic textures and soundscapes known as Melt Motif impressed me greatly last year by means of their uniquely crafted A White Horse Will Take You Home. This latest slice of experimental excellence sounds like the logical next step, or the natural successor to the aforementioned…

PICTURE ANN RELEASES “A CARELESS AND SOLITARY ROAD”

The latest slice of lo-fi post-rock by the intriguing Picture Ann is out now. Entitled A Careless and Solitary Road and consisting of two darkly seductive and emotive compositions that came about thanks to a bout of insomnia in late March, these tracks revolve around the notion of actually being or simply feeling permanently alone.…

WITHERED ANCIENT – II

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://witheredancient.bandcamp.com/album/ii I stumbled on this evocative and atmospheric black metal opus by the utterly obscure Bulgarian outfit named Withered Ancient while browsing Bandcamp at work the other day, and there was something about it that drew me in and kept me engaged throughout. The stark monochrome album cover and the idea…

PICTURE ANN explores the mystery of the sea and the destruction of the soul

A brand-new digital single sporting the evocative title Sea Journal has just been released and bears all the defining traits and characteristics of Picture Ann, i.e. a desolate atmosphere, melodies that speak of yearning, and a subtle hint of something slightly eerie. Directly inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851) and Edgar Allan Poe’s The…

PICTURE ANN ARE ENTANGLED IN LOUSY WIRES, OLD LIGHTS & HEARTS THAT LEAK

Following the 32-minute ambient suite titled Night and Silence, the experimental and consistently unpredictable post-rockers Picture Ann have returned with a three-track EP that contains a sparkling tapestry of dark and depressing sounds with an emotional pull to them. Inspired by the idea that words often fail us when trying to contextualize our failings and…

PICTURE ANN RELEASES THE NIGHT AND SILENCE EP

A lengthy ambient-inspired piece titled Night and Silence has just been released digitally via all the usual music retailers out there. Directly inspired by long walks that took place late at night in October 2020 and 2021, the track is meant to conjure up the vibe and atmosphere of those melancholy excursions. Falling leaves, distant…

PICTURE ANN’S RIDE TO THE RUINS

A rather mellow, introspective, and folk-inspired little thing of wicked beauty titled Those Abundant Ruins by the harbingers of bleak music known as Picture Ann is out now via all the usual digital music shops and retailers, and this particular release is meant to serve as a soundtrack and homage to the coming autumn and…

PICTURE ANN RELEASE THE ‘WE MOURNED YOU’ DIGITAL EP

The 5-track EP entitled We Mourned You, which is the latest output by the weird post-rockers and formless noise-makers known as Picture Ann, is a musical exploration of disillusion consisting of thick and dense soundscapes that create an oppressive and claustrophobic feel. Inspired by the idea of the Byronic hero, the majority of compositions are…

SONISK BLODBAD – The Shores of Oblivion

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Sonisk Blodbad – Startside | Facebook The Norwegian ensemble known as Sonisk Blodbad is an intriguing one and the richly textured new opus of theirs entitled “The Shores of Oblivion” is as dark, haunting, and delightfully experimental as one could have hoped for. Layers and waves of electronic sounds wash over…

BREIDABLIK – Alduorka

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://breidablik.bandcamp.com/album/alduorka I must admit that previous to getting my filthy paws on this deeply evocative 2022 opus by Breidablik titled “Alduorka”, I was only familiar with the album named “Nhoohr” (2019) by this excellent experimental synth/ambient/electronic music ensemble, but judging by the quality of these two LPs, I think it is…

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…

PICTURE ANN RELEASES THE ‘A BRIEF EXCURSION INTO LO-FI MELANCHOLY’ EP

A short and somewhat gloomy 4-track EP entitled A Brief Excursion Into Lo-Fi Melancholy by the Danish/Norwegian experimentalists Picture Ann is out now via Bandcamp and all the other digital retailers and outlets both known and unknown. Musically speaking, the four compositions arguably veer more toward minimalism and ambient music than previous outputs by the cursed outfit…

PICTURE ANN RELEASES THE GLOOMY (MISSINGS AND CAPTURES) RETOLD ALBUM

Yet another musically eclectic and delightfully lo-fi output by the experimental ambient/doom metal freaks Picture Ann has seen the light of day, more specifically the full-length album entitled (Missings and Captures) Retold, which was released upon an unsuspecting public on January 28 via all the usual streaming services and digital music stores out there.      …