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Hold tight through the gallop, then relax into the deep.
Ominous keys frame the strange sense of unease rippling through this offering to the spirits of harmony. Pushed behind the theatrically strange vocals, rhythmic riffing adds to the trancelike subtleties of terror swimming like sharks beneath the surface.
Pressing ‘play’ and the album begins… I hear the melancholy and the vibe of longing for something in the music almost immediately
Band - Plum Green Album - Somnambulistic Country of Origin - Australia Genre - Dreamfolk Release Date - September 17th, 2021 Label - Nefarious Industries Author - Gareth Mangan This album was a journey that really came as a surprise to me. Not to say that I had...
Operation Just Cause bangs hard by going straight for the jugular and never letting go.
This album is excellent – dreamy-in-an-unsettling-way and hypnotic – so it doesn’t matter what genre we call it, nor does it matter that it’s entirely instrumental.
The intensity of Zos Ethos cannot be understated. … Let it be the deep experience it’s meant to be.
As someone who doesn’t really listen to deathcore all that much, I see this as a release for people who want some crossover between deathcore and black metal.
Band - Lvcifyre Album - The Broken Seal Country of Origin - UK Genre - Black/Death Release Date - September 10, 2021 Label -Dark Descent Records Author - Michael Litteral Black/death is something that doesn't have as much to offer compared to other subgenres,...
Though each band clearly has their own style, the whole is as cohesive as it is crushing, exquisite as it is eviscerating.
Gold Spire, set to release in early November, is a hodgepodge of dark and melancholic tones, chilling piano, and mystifying saxophone. The cover artwork, featuring hues found upon those soon-to-be crisping trees, was created by guitarist Påhl Sundström and is what first drew me in.
There needs to be moments of peace and quiet, sort of reflection, to really make the chaotic bits chaotic.
Under An Eternal Mirage Projected In The Sky is the best thing I’ve heard from this project. That, of course, is my subjective taste, but this release hits me hard with each listen. I love it.
The resulting atmosphere is one of fury and loss, ringing swords and weeping widows.
If the first two tracks don’t spark your interest and you don’t willingly give in to the curiosity that will surely kill the cat, then I don’t what to tell you.
Band - Skverna Liniya Album - В венке из воска ("In a Garland of Wax'') Country of Origin - Russia Genre - Progressive/Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date - October 1, 2021 Label - Casus Belli Musica/Beverina Productions Author - Hayduke X Green Horror begins...
Much of the music is catchy, but a track such as But For The Rest Of Us… shows an aptitude for engaging dissonance and deconstruction as well.
These eight tracks will get directly into your veins, addicting you to the malevolence writhing throughout.
…Hallucinetic Violet Ignition is rich and flavorful, but you should keep some milk nearby, in case you can’t handle the heat.
Take in the chaos, the violence, and the noncognitive mayhem that is space!
Band - Centenary Album - Death...The Final Frontier Country of Origin - USA Genre - Detroit Chainsaw Metal Release Date - September 10, 2021 Label - CDN Records Author - Hayduke X The (metaphorical) chainsaw wielding maniacs from Detroit are on the loose again,...
Music is often somewhat visual for me, but rarely is it as viscerally visual as this album.
I find myself enthralled in the story of a family I’ve never heard of, a family who never leaves the house, but instead spends their days watching an Egyptian TV show that they can’t understand.
There is great depth of feeling on the album that seeps through the cracks of this raging entity.