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Highly recommend this one to anyone who is up and up on the Polish scene right now, and fans of Filth of Mankind, or old school thrash or black metal and are looking for a modern take on a classic sound.
The consistent thread is the consistent excellence of the music.
It so groovy, technical, heavy, blackened with death metal qualities that are all bounded by black leather.
Psychic Contortions is a gripping ride through an atmosphere bleak with dense disturbances.
Father W. shows that genre is irrelevant in his ability to pour forth musical passion, rage, and disgust for the horrors humanity unleashes in the world around us.
The palette of feelings used to paint this musical landscape is rich and varied.
Immense. Emotional. Gripping. Mature. All of these are adjectives which could be used to describe The What It Is To Be.
This is Midnight at its prime. It has enough of the blackened punk/speed junkie mix with a dose more of musicianship, and blackened undertones.
As black metal and death metal, generally speaking, rise in popularity, and show no signs of slowing down any time soon, we can still find black/death metal hidden away underneath all the grime of the underground.
The first single from the upcoming album, Solace in Mourning by Bloodgate! Check out some blackened thrash about the impending doom of a vastly outnumbered army... this is Death on the Horizon. Death on the Horizon by Bloodgate BLOODGATE’s music is heavily inspired by...
Jump in. Enjoy the chaotic ride. Catch your breath. Repeat.
With Vorga’s Striving Toward Oblivion, we will see this branch off of the black metal tree sprout into something epic and special.
The love I have for Yellow Eyes is sprinkled well within the tunes without it being Yellow Eyes 2.0.
Det Eviga Leedent brings us their sophomore album, ‘Reverence’ with Jacob Buczarski (Mare Cognitum and Acathexis) on vocals, and man! Did they deliver on this one!
The feral riffs, abrasive rhythms, and punishing vocals will rend a hole in your personal atmosphere.
Come join the ritual. Offer your hand to the feral, sentient darkness. Let the ritual weave you a new skeletal structure. Join the Chaos (Perversion).
This is not an album to be listened to in the bright daylight. In fact, if you were to try, the world would feel strange and dim as you listened.
Abhoria is a catchy album, with earworm riffs crawling out of the blackness to crawl around in your brain for a while.
Lyrically, Anti Ritual speak to the rising wave of fascism (in opposition, of course), the environmental catastrophe we have collectively caused, the oppression of capitalism, and more. In other words, they have every right to be incredibly pissed off. We all do.
…the album [is] rich with feeling, beautiful in the way that a carcass is beautiful as it rots to become one with the earth again.
If you were to take The Cure’s sad tune “A Strange Day” and stretch it out into a full-length album, but inject it with the dark danceability of Drab Majesty, then I feel as though you would get Twilight Gymnastics
The atmosphere is tense and ominous, while simultaneously being subtly relaxing and full of emotion.
This third full length by the Portuguese duo travels seamlessly through the strangeness of the deep and the dark.
but here I am, writing a top 35 and I couldn’t be happier about it. Looking forward to writing more reviews in 2022. Without further adieu, my Top 35 albums of 2021!