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…

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…

RADIOACTIVE – XXX

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Tommy Denander The supremely talented Tommy Denander recently put this impressive and superbly written album of his out via Frontiers Records, and this is simply a fabulous mixture of hard rock, classic rock, and AOR/melodic rock. Deftly executed, versatile, and full of excitement, the record is packed with everything from high-octane…

OMNUS – Stepping Stones

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://omnus.bandcamp.com/releases In a line of original albums released recently (up to 1 year) I have presented Never End’s “The Cold And The Craving”, Addiktio’s “Anthem For The Year 2020” and Deathglow’s “Machine Skin”. “Stepping Stones” is another original release, a debut by a Norwegian trio Omnus consisting of Geir Wetterhus…

THE TRONOSONIC EXPERIENCE – The Shadow Vol. II

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: The Tronosonic Experience Oh man, this 6-track sequel to “The Shadow Vol. I” is just as playful, unpredictable, and immersive as its predecessor was, and this Norwegian jazz prog/avantgarde rock outfit simply rules beyond belief. Their spirited take on all things forward-thinking is inspired, and these gentlemen sure know how to…

DEADGLOW – Machine Skin

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://deadglow.bandcamp.com/ One of the greatest joys of being a reviewer is when one finds a fresh new eclectic band which defies easy categorization. Last year it was Never End’s “The Cold And The Craving” along with, this here, Deadglow’s “Machine Skin”, which came out independently courtesy of Devographic Music Agency.…

CROWBAR – Zero And Below

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: http://www.crowbarnola.com/ The New Orleans, Louisiana based sludge stoner doom and equal parts hardcorers Crowbar are among the most beloved bands in metal due to the consistent quality and longevity while staying true to their core sound or, as Metal Hammer once observed “exist in a genre of one”.They are one…

MESHUGGAH – Immutable

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: https://www.meshuggah.net/ At the risk of committing a cardinal reviewer’s sin I’ll get right to the point: “Immutable” towers above both “Violent Sleep Of Reason” and “Kolossus”, easily the best thing since “Obzen”, plus it’s their heaviest and most crushing offering to date. It could be because the entire Swedish quintet…

STRANGE HORIZON – Beyond the Strange Horizon

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Beyond The Strange Horizon | Strange Horizon (bandcamp.com) Yes, this is just what the good doctor ordered; a thoroughly convincing and energetic stoner rock/doom metal opus that pays tribute to the days of yore when fuzzy riffs ruled the roost and records were heavy as fuck while simultaneously looking to the…

THE TRONOSONIC EXPERIENCE – The Shadow Vol. 1

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/tronosonic/ How on earth this one snuck right by me back in March is beyond me, but the most important thing is that I recently got my hands on this psychedelic-looking digipak by the Norwegian jazz/prog/avant-garde noisemakers The Tronosonic Experience. Let me tell you right here and now that “The Shadow…

MAJOR PARKINSON – A NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://majorparkinson.bandcamp.com/album/a-night-at-the-library How does one even begin to describe or portray Major Parkinson’s brand and style of music? Honestly, I have no idea. Progressive in nature and forward-thinking but endowed with the sensibilities of singer/songwriter music, the band’s outputs have been nothing short of dramatic, theatrical, and riveting. Recorded during the pandemic,…

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…

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…

ADDIKTIO – Anthem For The Year 2020

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://addiktio.bandcamp.com/ Recently I have grown fond of instrumental music, partially because there’s zero chance of asinine lyrics, partially because without lyrics one is more able to focus on the music. One of the bands which really ignited the taste is the Nowegian trio Addiktio who have released their second album,…

TEN – Here Be Monsters

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: HOME | TEN Official Receiving a promotional copy of an album by TEN is always a treat, and their latest effort, “Here Be Monsters”, is a gorgeous slab of well-crafted hard rock with a poetic quality and an enchanting atmosphere to it. Warm and heartfelt vocals infuse the compositions with passion…

PHRENELITH – Chimaera

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://phrenelith.bandcamp.com/ Now, these Danish deathmetallers took me completely by surprise with their catchy but grim brand of extreme death bordering on thrash in the vein of ancient Sepultura, Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation and Asphyx, a high level of proficiency in songwriting and execution barely on their second album in the…

REDEMPTOR – Agonia

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://redemptorpl.bandcamp.com/ It seems that with the increasing sectarian influence in the Polish government new extreme metal bands arise to join the Satanic Trinity of Vader, Behemoth and Azarath in defiance. Crakow’s Redemptor may not have such obvious leanings as the aforementioned, why, their philosophy may even be purposely shrouded in…

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