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Great new drilling, juddering experiment-o-death album, a tight, controlled burst of brutal claustrophobia and sonic imprisonment.
Obviously we’re all desperately missing live gigs . . . But in this difficult time, we can think about what we want when live music comes back . . . and make sure it’s as safe and accessible as possible for everyone.
A flinty, fierce debut album that builds on strong demos and splits to develop a hissing and crackling, doomy black metal style.
Null build on their sprawling debut with a follow up Entity, six tracks of dense atmospherics elevated by some striking and properly extreme vocalisations.
Mournful but angry, a requiem that’s also a horror story.
A great gutturally fierce, rumbling weird death metal debut album from VoidCeremony.
Weighty enough for the amplifier worshippers, with hidden depths for the curious, Sloath III comes highly recommended.
A fully formed epic, ambient black metal record that has the best of all of those terms.
A melodramatic and aggressive black metal record, touring the touchstones of the best contemporary black metal.
It’s just a bit of a mess of a record
Diamanda Galás reissues coruscatingly brilliant and extreme debut album The Litanies of Satan.
Another instalment of ambitiously exploratory, tightly controlled, and above all, furiously exciting music.
Flower-themed brightness, brevity and directness give the record an invigorating and mind-expanding potential.
Overall a worthwhile addition to the discography for Nocturnal Depression, though for newcomers to the band I’d probably refer them to the earlier touchstone albums.
Complicated, weird, heavy, tight and uncompromising but also cerebral, curious and accessible. All praise that this record has received already is definitely well deserved.
A furious but brief equinox storm, the sounds evoking complex swirls and riptides.
No quarter-second is wasted when some seriously densely organised noise could be forced into it.
Ancient trees falling, icebergs toppling into the ocean, molten rock crackling as it cools, it’s difficult to imagine a more impressively epic way of crashing about.
Botanist appear from the undergrowth with Ecosystem, an intriguing new record of their trademark zithery, plant-supremacist black metal.
All in all, an excellent new step for the band, extending their previous accomplishments with a noticeably complex, faster interlocking riffs matched to the existing harmonic intensity and sinisterly animated drumming, all serving to crowbar open the portals and let the elder gods in.
Tomb Mold’s new album Planetary Clairvoyance is cosmic-themed, bottom-heavy growly death metal with unusual flourishes.