What Are You Listening To Now - The North Edition

April 13, 2020 03:41 PM

Dzö-nga definitely needs more attention this year, Thunder In The Mountains is such a huge step up from his other material it's not even funny. The Native American folklore touch is has is unique and interesting, I have it as a 4/5 right now but I could easily see it being a 4.5/5 by the end of the year, I haven't gotten tired of it yet. 

May 04, 2020 01:19 PM

Sorhin - Apokalypsens Ängel (2000)

Can't remember how these guys ended up on my Trello board for bands to check out but have heard a couple of their releases this past week and they aren't half bad.  Melodic and catchy without any symphonic elements.  Catchy in a punky kind of a way.

May 19, 2020 03:03 AM


More folk-y black metal from me guys! This one is from New Zealand and, while I did like this album far more than Skyforest's A New Dawn, this is still far more in the blackgaze subsection of the genre as opposed to Dzö-nga or Izthmi. Certainly an acquired taste, but good stuff from a very niche subgenre.

7/10

https://sojournermetal.bandcamp.com/album/premonitions

May 19, 2020 04:07 AM

And since I just mentioned them in the last post, this is the debut album from Seattle based Izthmi. Much more traditional black metal tones, while still digging into that epic atmospheric songwriting and timbre. Ben, I think you'll really enjoy this.

8/10

https://izthmiseattle.bandcamp.com/album/the-arrows-of-our-ways

Ben
Ben
The Fallen The Horde The North The Pit
May 19, 2020 04:25 AM


And since I just mentioned them in the last post, this is the debut album from Seattle based Izthmi. Much more traditional black metal tones, while still digging into that epic atmospheric songwriting and timbre. Ben, I think you'll really enjoy this.

8/10

https://izthmiseattle.bandcamp.com/album/the-arrows-of-our-ways

Quoted saxystephens

Just checked out the first couple of tracks. There are a lot of influences here, including Agalloch, the progressive stylings of Opeth / In Mourning, and I can definitely hear a bit of the Scandinavian doom sound that I love so much in bands like Rapture and Slumber. I think it's going to take a bit of time for this one to sink in.

Thanks for the recommendation!

June 01, 2020 12:04 PM

I am far from being an authority in any type of way when it comes to black metal, but this is really my thing. I imagine that Dissection was probably a bit of an influence on this one, but I like that these are pretty concise songs, and the production doesn’t really distract me at all like on some of the other more well known canon.

June 03, 2020 08:22 PM

New blackgaze from my part of the world everybody! Unreqvited is Ottawa, Ontario's newest entrant into the fray and I heavily enjoyed the symphonic elements and how they add to the overall atmosphere. I would say that the individual moments sound better on the own, but the dynamic control is excellent. Apparently, they've been around for a few albums over the last five years. Worth checking out, but over-saturation could be detrimental down the road.

7/10

https://unreqvited.bandcamp.com/album/empathica

https://unreqvited.bandcamp.com/album/empathica 

June 05, 2020 01:38 AM

Mgła - "Exercises In Futility" (2015)

A brilliant flexing of the creative muscles of Poland's finest black metal export. I can't understand the backlash from your black metal elitists to be honestFans of Uada, Kriegmaschine & Plaga should already be all over this one.

4.5/5

July 05, 2020 08:33 AM

Vanum - Ageless Fire (2019)

Melodic black metal that despite being quite predicatble still gets props for doing justice to the genre.  Some unexpected chord progressions and tempo changes here and there to keep things interesting.  Ticking all my boxes on a Sunday mornng where I have woken up to Dissection and Sacramentum tracks drifting through my head.

3.5/5

August 20, 2020 11:22 PM