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Reviews for Devil Master - Satan Spits on Children of Light

As I mentioned before, recently there has been a growing wave of American musicians who go for the old school tongue-in-cheek vibe with Black Metal. As we know, this trend started with the legendary ...

18th Jul, 2021
Score:
90% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Death Strike - Fuckin' Death LP

Many people take Death Strike as a Death Metal band, but it's simply just not accurate! (I mean, it's 1985 man! What do you expect?!). Even though the riffs have lots in common with the late 80s ...

18th Jul, 2021
Score:
90% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Raven Dark - Berustet av Kriegsdronnet

Everyone has a favourite Metal scene, whether it is the Florida Death Metal, Norwegian Black Metal, Bay Area Thrash Metal, and so on. I'm a fan of all almost of the scenes from the 80s and 90s. The ...

18th Jul, 2021
Score:
89% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Warmoon Lord - Battlespells

As I have mentioned many times before, I've always had a soft spot for Finnish Black Metal. Whether legendary acts such as Horna, Satanic Warmaster, Goatmoon, Sargeist, or lesser known projects such ...

11th Jul, 2021
Score:
89% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Balrog (BLR) - On the Throne of Demolition

Despite the fact that the Belarusian Black Metal scene is really underground, they still have some pretty good bands, and Balrog is one of them. Balrog is not a band that I would listen to everyday, ...

10th Jul, 2021
Score:
88% 4.4 star rating
Review by
Warblackmetal666
Reviews for DSS - Satanic Sounds of the Sorcerer
Best U.S. Black Metal albums

DSS

The latest demo by the NJ based Blackened Speed Metal worshippers DSS is by far the most accomplished one. After the somewhat weird production on their previous demo, they perfected their sound on ...

8th Jul, 2021
Score:
88% 4.4 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for DSS - Temple of Heat
Best U.S. Black Metal albums

DSS

A year after their exceptional enterance into the world of underground metal, DSS released their second demo, titled "Temple of Heat". It continues the same trajectory as the previous ...

8th Jul, 2021
Score:
87% 4.4 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for DSS - Criminal Witchcraft
Best U.S. Black Metal albums

DSS

Recently, as a result of a recommendation, I came across a compilation album called "New Jersey Metal Attack Vol. 1" which was a split between some unknown bands from NJ. Although I liked ...

8th Jul, 2021
Score:
91% 4.6 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Repugnant - Epitome of Darkness

Even though the nature of Swedish Death Metal of the 90s is quite debatable (most famously, the Norwegian Black Metal scene started as a protest against it!), I still beleive that it's a very ...

8th Jul, 2021
Score:
93% 4.7 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Departure Chandelier - Antichrist Rise to Power

A good Black Metal album from a pretty good band from my country, but this is not necessarily an album that I will listen to every day, honestly, because the bad points of this one are big and drop ...

26th Jun, 2021
Score:
89% 4.5 star rating
Review by
Warblackmetal666
Reviews for Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst

The best album of 2021 so far in my opinion. Like always, Spectral Wound give us some insane music. Let's start with the good points. Firstly, the riffs of this album are really good. A great ...

26th Jun, 2021
Score:
94% 4.7 star rating
Review by
Warblackmetal666
Reviews for Panopticon - ...and Again into the Light

Mixing Atmospheric Black Metal with Americana is not a new thing, and you can even say that it's USA's biggest Metal export of the post-2000s! Among big names like Agalloch or Wolves in the Throne ...

25th Jun, 2021
Score:
93% 4.7 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Darkthrone - Eternal Hails......

What can be said about Darkthrone that hasn't been said already? They were the Kings of Black Metal in the 90s, and made a huge impact on all of the future Black Metal bands to come. Their "A ...

24th Jun, 2021
Score:
90% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Sinira - The Everlorn

Sinira is a one-man Melodic Black Metal band hailing from Texas. After releasing a decent demo, he started to tease us with some singles of this, his debut album. The single "Where Starlight ...

24th Jun, 2021
Score:
92% 4.6 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Drudkh - Їм часто сниться капіж (They Often See Dreams About the Spring)

Unlike the previous Drudkh album, which was a throwback to the old school Drudkh sound, this, their latest, does seem to be going in a completely different direction. It's much shorter than the ...

23rd Jun, 2021
Score:
77% 3.9 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Drudkh - Борозна обірвалася (A Furrow Cut Short)

The early Drudkh albums (up until Microcosmos) are simply Magical to me. The same way that early Burzum albums are Magical beyond description. They blended tons of emotions in one package in an ...

23rd Jun, 2021
Score:
85% 4.3 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Slaughter Lord - Thrash 'til Death

The current Australian Black Metal scene is one of the strongest scenes ever, but back in the 80s, there were virtually no bands going for more obscure metal sounds (or indeed anything other than ...

23rd Jun, 2021
Score:
93% 4.7 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Ninkharsag - The Dread March of Solemn Gods

Many people slam this band (or indeed any slightly Melodic band!) for sounding like the mighty Dissection, but I think that's like slamming someone because they look too much like George Clooney! ...

22nd Jun, 2021
Score:
91% 4.6 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Mefisto - The Puzzle

The second (and last) Mefisto release, continued in the same vein as the first demo. A very unique and obscure Thrash Metal sound inspired by the old Gods like Bathory, Kreator, Sodom and so on ...

16th Jun, 2021
Score:
89% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Mefisto - Megalomania

If you look at the band logo and the overall imagery of the covers on these two hugely influential demos, you may think: "Oh Yeah! Another Stockholm band going for the Bathory sound!". But ...

16th Jun, 2021
Score:
92% 4.6 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Nex Carnis - Obscure Visions of Dark

As I mentioned in some previous reviews, there has never been a good Iranian Extreme Metal scene. Over the years, there have been some tiny dots on the Extreme Metal map of Iran, but mostly, they ...

15th Jun, 2021
Score:
87% 4.4 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Lamp of Murmuur - Heir of Ecliptical Romanticism

Insane album from a band I never get tired of. This guy is extremely talented, and this album shows it perfectly. The strongest point of this album is the guitar riffs. They are insanely good and ...

14th Jun, 2021
Score:
97% 4.9 star rating
Review by
Warblackmetal666
Reviews for Hellripper - Coagulating Darkness

What is it with one man armies in the past few years? Seriously, how can one guy make something that will blow everything that legends like Destruction or Venom put out? This band is arguably one ...

12th Jun, 2021
Score:
92% 4.6 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Këkht Aräkh - Pale Swordsman

As one can guess from the sole member's name (Crying Orc), this band is another among the thousands of Old School melancholic, monotone Black Metal bands that worship Burzum, and the myriads of ...

10th Jun, 2021
Score:
88% 4.4 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Helleruin - War upon Man

After releasing some promising EPs and demos, Helleruin finally released their awaited debut earlier this year. The final result was pretty much as anyone can expect after listening to the EPs and ...

10th Jun, 2021
Score:
90% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Stormruler - Under the Burning Eclipse

I encountered this album on YouTube and immediately assumed that this was a Swedish band. When I checked out their Metal-Archives page I was a bit shocked to find out that this is actually a band ...

8th Jun, 2021
Score:
92% 4.6 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Ancient Mastery - The Chosen One

Based on a recommendation, I had the pleasure (or displeasure!) of listening to this band's debut full-length (titled "Chapter One: Across the Mountains of the Drämmarskol") a while ...

8th Jun, 2021
Score:
87% 4.4 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Forteresse - Thèmes pour la Rébellion

Years ago, I came across this band's debut album, "Métal Noir Québécois", and I absolutely loved the old school 90s sound on it. I especially liked the way they created ...

7th Jun, 2021
Score:
89% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Forteresse - Thèmes pour la Rébellion

A pure masterpiece, this is what this album is. I have never heard something like this before. The first time I listened to this, I was shocked. I was like, how is it possible to make something this ...

6th Jun, 2021
Score:
100% 5.0 star rating
Review by
Warblackmetal666
Reviews for Wayfarer - A Romance with Violence

After the excellent "World's Blood" released back in 2018, I was eager to hear the follow-up for that album with high anticipation. And although this album showed a bit of a shift away from ...

6th Jun, 2021
Score:
92% 4.6 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Wayfarer - World's Blood

In my previous reviews for the first two Wayfarer albums, I mentioned that this is one of the best albums that captured the essence of great U.S. Atmospheric Black Metal bands, such as ...

6th Jun, 2021
Score:
93% 4.7 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Wayfarer - Old Souls

The second Wayfarer album pretty much continues where the debut left off. The lyrical themes, the vocals, the rhythm section, are all pretty much the same as before, however; there are some mino ...

6th Jun, 2021
Score:
87% 4.4 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Wayfarer - Children of the Iron Age

Fact: There are more American Black Metal bands than in the Scandinavian countries combined! But out of all these countless bands, there has never been a proper distinguishable movement from the ...

6th Jun, 2021
Score:
86% 4.3 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Varde - Asgaardsreien

Varde is sort of a Black Metal mini-supergroup, formed in 2017 (well, two of the three members were session musicians for some well-known bands, such as Tvangeste and Dødheimsgard). Alright, ...

6th Jun, 2021
Score:
89% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Dark Funeral - Where Shadows Forever Reign

First of all, let's start this review with a fact check; if you have read any of my reviews on this website, you can easily realize that I'm not a reviewer, and you will be right! I'm not, and I'm ...

5th Jun, 2021
Score:
91% 4.6 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for The Ruins of Beverast - Rain upon the Impure

I'm going to be honest, this album is good, but it is overrated a lot and, in my personal opinion, it is far from being the best black metal album. I'm going to explain you why I think ...

4th Jun, 2021
Score:
80% 4.0 star rating
Review by
Warblackmetal666
Reviews for Portal - Avow

Portal was one of the major influencers of expressionistic guitar techniques used in Death Metal of the 2000s and 2010s (this experimental approach can be compared to that of Deathspell Omega). ...

3rd Jun, 2021
Score:
92% 4.6 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Obskuritatem - Hronika iz Mraka

You don't need a PhD to understand the music of Obskuritatem on any of their releases. It's very primitive, very raw, very ugly, with a huge amount of feelings attached to it. Their previous albums ...

2nd Jun, 2021
Score:
87% 4.4 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Deogen - The Endless Black Shadows of Abyss

Symphonic Black Metal is arguably the biggest divisive little moment in Black Metal history. The veterans and the fans have always been telling us that this progression with added keyboards and added ...

2nd Jun, 2021
Score:
90% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Akhlys - Melinoë

The second Black Metal offering from Akhlys continues in the same manner of complementing Melodic / Symphonic / Atmospheric ideas with more intense and extreme Black Metal approaches. As a whole, the ...

2nd Jun, 2021
Score:
89% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Akhlys - The Dreaming I

Akhlys started out as an ambient band, however, after releasing one mediocre ambient album, they ditched the idea of full-on ambient music and incorporated that ambient background into a unique ...

2nd Jun, 2021
Score:
92% 4.6 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Abigor - Totschläger (A Saintslayer's Songbook)

You can't talk about Austrian Black Metal without mentioning the name "ABIGOR"! This band is arguably one of the first pioneers of the more technical side of Black Metal that we have today. ...

2nd Jun, 2021
Score:
88% 4.4 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Slutet - Love & Beauty

After releasing a bunch of extremely obscure, psychedelic influenced demos, Slutet finally released their debut last year. Although most people regard this as an Avant-garde release, I find this ...

2nd Jun, 2021
Score:
93% 4.7 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Mamaleek - Come & See

Mamaleek is a band currently based in the States, but has an unknown Middle-Eastern origin. It consists of two brothers as its members (the identity of which is unknown too!). Having this sort of ...

2nd Jun, 2021
Score:
92% 4.6 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Fuath (GBR) - II

II

I was a big fan of the first Àrsaidh album, and the 2016 Saor album was a fine album indeed. I didn't much dig the first Fuath album though, it was too "melodic" for my taste! ...

1st Jun, 2021
Score:
79% 4.0 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Cruel Force - The Rise of Satanic Might

When you first start to listen to this album, and you hear that Venom-like chant on the first track, you immediately realize that this was made by people who were obsessed with Old School Black Metal ...

1st Jun, 2021
Score:
89% 4.5 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for The Ruins of Beverast - Rain upon the Impure

Prior to listening to this album, I listened to this band's previous effort years and years ago (as a result of being exposed to Nagelfar). After the first listen to that album ("Unlock the ...

1st Jun, 2021
Score:
100% 5.0 star rating
Review by
PeaceThroughAnarchy
Reviews for Mütiilation - Remains of a Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul

A raw Black Metal album that I find pretty good, the best of this cool band from France, in my opinion. Let's talk about the good points and the bad points. The good point of this album is the ...

31st May, 2021
Score:
89% 4.5 star rating
Review by
Warblackmetal666
Reviews for Fuath (GBR) - II

II

Fuath is another solo project from the same man behind Saor (formerly Àrsaidh), a name which has become quite prominent in recent years in atmospheric-folky Black Metal circles, and deservedly ...

31st May, 2021
Score:
86% 4.3 star rating
Review by
Imperator
Reviews for Armnatt - Dense Fog

26 minutes and 8 seconds, it is enough to (re) affirm the trio from Tavira as one of the ex-libris of Portuguese Black Metal. Armnatt's music lives on (apparent) simplicity. “In what ...

30th May, 2021
Score:
90% 4.5 star rating
Review by
DNRKF
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