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2015-05-07

It seems like only yesterday that Satyricon dropped Dark Medieval Times on an unsuspecting world, but here we are over twenty years later and the band is still rocking their ice storm brand of Norwegian black metal. To celebrate their now somewhat elevated place on the mantle of metal veterans who've made good while staying true to the game, the band has released a collaboration with the Norwegian National Opera Chorus, resurrecting older songs with big, bold choral arrangements. In his review, Lefteris summarizes the sounds, sings the virtues, and cites the missed opportunities of Live at the Opera, right over here:


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2015-05-04

Greetings again everyone! I'd like to begin this update with an apology to our latest writer, A.E. Fraser. I introduced her last week with a link to her first review, but a technical database issue turned my introduction into a gobbledygook of code. The issue has been temporarily addressed and a more comprehensive solution is in the works.

A.E. hails from the great U.S. state of Virginia and specializes in the heavier, more theatrical end of Japanese music, a scene that is as diverse as it is bottomless, and one I hope A.E. will bring some much needed focus to. So once again, I'd like to welcome A.E. to the website and present her first review: Gothic metal stalwarts Moi dix Mois' forth album, the rhythmic, industrial tinged Dixanadu. Enjoy!



We also have Jackson's considered take on Sri Lanka's musical extremists, Genocide Shrines, a band that has taken the horrific realities of genocide and mass slaughter and fused them with the more esoteric corners of Hindu scripture and eschatology in a black-death metal onslaught. Go head, stare into the abyss.


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2015-04-11

In this update, David Sano discusses at length Vallendusk's eponymous 2012 debut EP,a release that further advances Indonesia's position as a major player in the global metal scene with an elegant, bright, all-enveloping sound. At a glance, their music may suggest an affinity for other atmospheric bands like Alcest, Lantlos or Deafheaven, but Vallendusk draws on personal and local cultural influences to create something that is all theirs, and theirs alone. Read David's review here:


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2015-04-02

Hola amigo/as, in this update AGM veteran Lefteris offers an intriguing take on The Love Album - Volume I, As Light Dies' latest collection of bleak experimental metal. This Spanish band has added more melody, finesse and direct emotion, but still packs a punch, taking the listener on a convoluted psychological journey down the corridors of the aching heart called love. Check out the review here:


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2015-03-30

If you're in the mood for something a little out of the ordinary, a little more cinematic than usual, Italy's Thee Maldoror Kollective have spent the last decade or so wandering down a path much more colorful and exploratory than the black metal road they started on, but no less bleak, eccentric or oddly atmospheric. I have reviewed their latest album, Knownothingism, for your pleasure. Enjoy the sensory overload!


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2015-03-25

Please enjoy another short but sweet update, this one a review of SubRosa's mighty 2013 album, More Constant Than the Gods. With only six songs, it represents a gloomy milestone in the world of sludgy doom, offering more mammoth riffs, dissonant violins and intoxicating melodies than you can shake a gem-encrusted staff at.


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2015-03-13

We have but one update for you this week, but it's a review of the latest album by one of the classic bands that helped define what this website is all about. After years of Icelandic odysseys and Nordic explorations, art metal legends Solefald have returned to the wild frontiers of globalized extreme metal with one hell of a wild and entertaining ride: World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud. Those hoping for Neonism Part Deux may be disappointed, but why waste tears when World Metal is so fresh, original and remarkably good?

I give you my very own review here:


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2015-02-28

Greeting loyal readers and general web denizens, for today's update we're taking off into a more spacious ethereal sphere, somewhere in the hazy layer between Terra firma and the vacuum of space, with a brand spanking new effort by Dutch ambient occult artists URFAUST, and SÓLSTAFIR's latest expansive rock epic, Ótta.

Read Lefteris's review of URFAUST's sometimes catchy but mostly eerie Apparitions.



After you've had your fill of sinister, cavernous vibes, you can read my glowing review of Ótta, 2014's best atmospheric hard rock release.



Now a little something to bring you back down to beautiful Earth.

http://youtu.be/3m3qOD-hhrQ

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2015-02-21

For this update, we have two fascinating, atmospheric U.S. projects. One band explores the melodic and percussive potential of the hammered dulcimer in a black metal context, while the other tugs hip hop beats down the darker, more mysterious corridors of ambient and noise music.

I review the latest Botanist record, an album that pushes out the boundaries of metal instrumentation, creating a bright, resonant atmosphere without relying on gimmickry or pleasant guitar hooks.



David Sano reviews 3:33's Bicameral Brain, a double album of dreamy and nightmarish instrumental hip hop that offers violent noise, blissful drifting, occult intonations, strange interludes and bad vibes, sometimes anchored to powerful beats.


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2015-02-03

Welcome to the first official update of the year. Soon we will unveil the results of our 2014 readers' poll, but right now let's dive into our first offerings of 2015. Jackson has continued his arcane exploration of the feminine divine with this review of the latest EP from Iceland's Svartidauđi with a piece of writing that is nearly as atmospheric and esoteric as the music itself.



And now for something completely different: resident cosmonaut David Sano delivers his report on PSUDOKU's latest, "Planetarisk Sudoku." Summary: Still loopy and dense, but not as frenetic or crazed as the spaz-jazz of "Space Grind." Conclusion: Awesome.


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