“To Know the Light” of Black Metal: Dawn Ray’d on Growing Towards Love, Not Destruction (Interview)
We spoke to UK black metal band Dawn Ray'd about their new album, how music and politics intersect, how to foster inclusivity, and more.
Iravu on the Untold Story of Malaysian Black Metal and “A Fate Worse Than Home” (Interview)
On the Malaysian black metal band's new album "A Fate Worse Than Home," Iravu declares that though one’s identity may lead to discrimination, it’s necessary to thrive.
Mork on Primitive Black Metal and Cultivating Atmosphere (Interview)
We spoke to Thomas Eriksen, the driving force behind Norwegian black metal stalwart Mork, about his new record "Dypet" and about remaining consistently primitive in black metal.
These Beasts Soothe “Nervous Fingers” with Straight-Shooting Sludge Rock (Video Premiere + Interview)
Delivering the rock is the Chicago band's primary goal on their upcoming debut "Cares, Wills, Wants." Stream a new track and check out an interview with guitarist/vocalist Chris Roo.
Contrarian Reshape Progressive Death Metal on “Zabur of Satfiyah al Shamal” (Early Track Stream)
Stream a new single from the NY progressive/technical death metal group's upcoming album "Sage of Shekhinah."
Witch Ripper Solves the “Icarus Equation” with High-Level Sludge (Track Premiere + Interview)
The Seattle sludge band's upcoming concept album "The Flight after the Fall," is a deceptively catchy and adventurous affair that has no shortage of lethal riffs. Read an interview with guitarist/vocalist Curtis Parker and check out a new track here.
Those Who Knock: Doldrum Discuss Their Haunted, Peculiar Black Metal (Interview)
American black metal band Doldrum's 2022 debut album scored high on our charts last year - we spoke to the band about how camp, Americana, the Denver sound, and irony feed into their sound.
Sorrowful Land’s Contemplative Death/Doom Seeks Escape from “Faded Anchors of the Past” (Early Album Stream + Track-By-Track)
The Ukrainian death/doom project recruits a host of guest vocalists for its upcoming album, which you can stream here - plus, check out a detailed track-by-track breakdown from the band.
Binary Order’s Rusted Industrial Metal Resurfaces with “Messages from the Deep” (Interview)
The industrial metal project experiments with soundscapes and diverse influences on its new album - read an interview with project creator Benjamin Blank.
Colin Dempsey’s Top Albums of 2022
Death metal, black metal, and much more fill the ranks of writer Colin Dempsey's top albums from 2022.