Black Metal Archive

Coffinworm – IV.I.VIII

“If Heaven is merciful, it will someday efface from my consciousness, the sight that I saw and let me live my last years in peace. I cannot sleep at night now, and have to take opiates when it thunders.” – H.P. Lovecraft, The Lurking Fear If you’re a real, tried-and-true human being…one with a legit [&hellip

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Watain – The Wild Hunt

It has been widely known and publicized that the fifth and latest Watain album, “The Wild Hunt” would take its listeners through a completely different territory than anything the band had done previously. While there are a lot of things for older Watain fans to love about this record there are also a lot of [&hellip

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Rotten Liver – Purification by Debauchery

From what I gather, the members of French newcomers Rotten Liver are not involved in other projects or bands, somewhat of a rarity in the extreme music community. However, don’t let oddity fool you; Rotten Liver are quite competent musicians and the four tracks from ‘Purification by Debauchery’ make for a solid debut release. Opening [&hellip

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Nemesis Irae – Eradikate Kampaign

With their third full length, Belgian quintet brings a familiar force of black metal for all who dare listen. Shifting subtlety between atmospheric oppression and pounding death metal grooves, ‘Eradikate Kampaign’ is an onslaught to the senses from start to finish. Opening with a brief introduction that saves us from experiences another cliche keyboard intro [&hellip

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Teratism – La Bas

To say that the new EP from Teratism is killer is an insult. To call ‘La Bas’ “epic” only begins to describe what is heard… When the package arrived unannounced, I had no idea that what I was receiving was a mere promo. When feasting my eyes upon the Mark Riddick drawn cover, I knew [&hellip

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BURZUM – SOL AUSTAN, MANI VESTAN

Well just in case you were pining away for it, here’s the latest annual release from black metal’s poster child, now predictably seeming to come out towards the end of Spring each year. What is rather odd though is his use of a different logo style with each subsequent release, kind of making my “Aske” [&hellip

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BITTER PEACE/ESOTERICA/KRIEG/THE MANY – NEW WORLD BLACK METAL

A showcase of American black metal including veteran act Krieg and three newer acts, this four-way split 7” (something I always adore when I see) offers up nihilism and cruelty on a silver platter for all those willing to indulge.  Bitter Peace’s “Ageless Conquering Wolves” starts the cry of war with George Bush Sr.’s famous [&hellip

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Dire Omen

I recently acquired your EP, ‘Severing Soul from Flesh’ for my distro…what a crushing release! Give us an introduction to this powerful collection of rituals! Connor: This release was about us finally finding our sound, especially after our becoming a three piece. We wanted to nail our new philosophy and sound as a band in [&hellip

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Fhoi Myore / Pestiferum

Knowing little of either band on this split, I immediately like what I heard when I was contacted by Fhoi Myore’s drummer about a review for their new split with Pestiferum. Over the top and melodic, ‘La Forme Creatrice Du Chaos / Le Chaos Religieux’, is blast beat dream come true, violent as fucking hell until [&hellip

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Woe – Withdrawal

Woe has given us a short but incredibly powerful discography with their three albums. Driven by emotion and laden with harmonies, Woe are often referred to as part of this rather peculiar movement called “post” black metal, which I do not really care for and don’t grasp by my own choice. Post as in the [&hellip

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