Articles by Dave Guzda
À Travers Les Lambeaux is a great work. It is ambitious, interesting and extreme. It is a delicious amalgam of darkest forms of metal and yet finds various ways to push the boundaries with challenging arrangements, atmospheric embellishments and diverse vocal treatments.
Shaam Larein impresses in this debut release. It oozes with potential and quality. This is some seriously gorgeous, multi-layered gothy music that resonates on many levels. Her voice is the centrepiece of Sculpture.
The band has remained true to themselves and created the foundation of a new inspired and gratifying sonic cornerstone for their future sound. It has a sincere, warm vibe that illustrates their love of music and their love of making this music together.
The album has a palpable tension running through the pulse of its tracks. It may not satisfy all things to all her fans but it is unquestionably another impressive addition to her ever-growing discography. The songs on Birth Of Violence merge cleverly placed, effective instrumentation, foreboding atmospherics over inventive acoustic guitar. The draw, however, remains Chelsea’s distinctive, ethereal and captivating voice. Throughout the album, her longing for home is unmistakable with every word sung.
The trio show some impressive musicianship, eloquent compositional creativity and convincing songwriting throughout Horologist. The album is time well spent on its well-conceived slow journey to Mars.
It is a strikingly emotional, ascertainably emotive, beautifully artistic, ponderously atmospheric, measured jagged burn. It offers a lot to take in and its lustre may be slow to reveal itself to some listeners.
This album reasserts Conan on the throne of Doom Metal. Every track on Existential Void Guardian brings the goods. And the goods are a heavy, slog through some fine riffs, turbulent drums and that grim, soul-crushing, bass tone…
An aggressive tempest of brutal metal, spinning wildly in a sinister sonic blender. A fearsome and furious dark metal journey that demands your attention and shows some impressive creativity and agile musicianship, especially for a debut release.
Attention is paid to crafting enticing melodies, clever musical passages and pummeling riffs…an incredible, visceral, bountifully dark, complete album.
Screaming Females sound confident and imaginative as All At Once overflows with groovy melodies and songs drenched in riveting guitar work. An excellent, well balanced, complete album.
Searching for their sound OVUM mix strings to some of their tracks with mixed results. When sticking to their post-rock roots however their sound really soars. Overall, a solid addition to OVUM’s catalogue.
Soaring yet tempestuous, the melodies and bold, vibrant and inviting; the atmospheres hit with the fury of molten lava while the vocals imbue the band’s sound with a biting diabolical intensity. Auðn’s ‘Farvegir Fyrndar’ radiates with the indomitable fury and majesty of black metal.
An incredible heartbreakingly emotive journey, drenched in riveting layers of noise, industrial and electronic music, which is all tied together by Zola’s passionate and wholly engrossing vocals. The highest possible recommendation for this album. Give it a complete listen. I expect we’ll see it on many end-of-year lists.
An emphatically grievous and unapologetically merciless creation. The album is unquestionably dark, but it’s not without significant powerful melodies that are both enthralling and memorable.
The album merges long intoxicating, detailed grooves with an absorbing abundance of sci-fi atmospheres that create theatrical visions of a man’s otherworldly experience. Showcases phenomenal sonic creativity that ranges from an ethereal warmth to gripping harshness. Highly recommended instrumental space rock!
Unearthing’s unique cogent songs capture, mesmerise and invigorate the sonic soul. The album is rooted in metal but includes many diverse and aurally alluring sounds. A highly recommended listen for fans of challenging instrumental metal music.
‘Perish’ is a sonic gut punch. Heavy tonalities and biting vocals propelled by incessant drums all dripping within a dark atmospheric ichor.
A multi-paced, infernal journey through hellish war imagery and shell-shocked atmospherics. Thick slabs of commanding doom and death metal paint a blackened but melodic palette. It’s a ferocious and factious release that is equally sonically satisfying and permeates deeply like good metal should. – By Dave ‘Shell-Shocked’ Guzda
It is a majestic triumph of melody and contrasting tonalities. The album showcases a more refined and focused example of SubRosa’s enchanting blend of aural darkness and light. – By Dave Guzda
The layers of emotion, fragility and aggression will make you appreciate what an exceptional, unique and deeply gratifying release this is. ‘Love’ is an alluring album, seducing you with both delicate and stinging sound. – By Dave Allan Guzda
Incredible melodies, deep lavish atmospherics and magical layers of sound that blend to hit the senses just right. By Dave Guzda