Dan Salter


Articles by Dan Salter

Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) – Hugsjá

‘Hugsjá’ meets its remit perfectly. A thoroughly excellent melding of folk and forward-thinking progressive music.

Primordial – Exile Among the Ruins

A masterful album produced by musicians who have honed their craft over more than two decades. Highly recommended.

Anshelm – Through the Burning Glass

Anshelm were formed from the molten wax of the black candles around Quorthorn’s pentagram. This is pummelling black metal that conjures scene pioneers Bathory and Darkthrone.

Hawthonn – Red Goddess (Of This Men Shall Know Nothing)

Experimental, contemplative, mystical and moving. Anyone with an interest in truly avant garde music will find plenty to love in the Red Goddess.

Usurpress – Interregnum

I loved ‘Interregnum’ so much I bought it on vinyl. A departure from straight-ahead death metal to melodic DM with progressive, hard rock and gothy elements. A thrilling prospect.

DDENT – Toro

A solid instrumental doom metal album with post-rock and progressive elements that holds the interest from start to finish.

Rites of Fall – Truthsayer

A tantalising first outing from this Polish dark ambient outfit.

Broads – Field Theory

An instantly likeable body of songs that sits together beautifully and combines to make one gorgeous album. Highly recommended.

Faal – Desolate Grief

An album of downtrodden misery and glacially slow riffing, with a good deal of heavy thrown in.

Rare Form – Six Months in Hiding

The cinematic scope and ambitious breadth of Rare Form’s music makes listening to this album a very visceral experience. A dark ambient soundtrack to the untold horror story in your head.

The Thing With Five Eyes – Noirabesque

Worldly, jazz-inflected electronica that makes for an album of two halves.

Hawkmoth – Godless Summit

Emotionally uplifting, expansive doom metal that breaks out of the genre. A must have.

Kaukolampi – I

An absolute treat. A stream-of-consciousness album, five tracks of mind-expanding, ambient darkwave electronica that merge into one soundtrack for the inner spaces of the mind.

Perihelion – Örvény

On a level with Sólstafir’s ‘Ótta’ in terms of its depth, sophistication and near brilliance. Definitely high on my list of albums of 2017. Get a copy and immerse yourself.

Interview with Martin Teff from Vessels

“The reception for the album has been really good so far, it feels like we’ve got a bit of a buzz, a lot of interest.” We chat to Martin Teff from Vessels

Ground Patrol – Drift

Drift doesn’t let go of its gifts easily, but will reward the listener who invests the time to get to know this intriguing album.

Primitive Race – Soul Pretender

Former FNM singer Chuck Mosley let loose on ten songs of energy and bombast. Worth cranking up.

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Vol. 1 (Reissue)

This reissue gives us a delightful insight into how this unique band started out. It shows that the essence of Uncle Acid has always been the same, that their ability to create truly superlative and emotionally evocative music was there from the outset.

Lucianblomkamp – Sick of What I Don’t Understand, Part 1

All too brief but highly promising first teaser for the third album by the Melbourne-based electronica and trip hop experimentalist.

Vessels – The Great Distraction

Vessels’ transformation from introspective post-rock band to mind-expanding electronica outfit is complete. An album of really intelligent dance music made by five musicians who are stepping into their stride.

Myrkur – Mareridt

A dark, terrifying album that is also both uplifting and beautiful. A unique product of Myrkur’s classical and Nordic influences with elements of black metal.

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