album and song reviews
Ihsahn’s Black Metal Interpretation Hits the Mark on the “Telemark” EP
Here's a super-deep dive into Ihsahn's latest release, a three song + two cover EP named after the black metal and prog mastermind's hometown in Norway. What sort of black metal return-to-form does this EP turn out to be?
The Hällas “Conundrum”: How Prog-Rock Can Rock So Hard (Stream + Interview)
Sweden's Hällas has set the bar for throwback progressive rock; we've got a stream of their new album "Conundrum" plus an interview with organist/synth-master Nicklas Malmquist right here, right now.
Kvelertak’s “Splid” is Rowdy Fun and Slightly Dangerous
The latest release from these Norwegian rockers is slick, savory rock-'n'-roll with a gnarly attitude and plenty of punk, prog, and metal thrown in because why the hell not? Here's our full review.
Azoth’s “Magnitude of Extinction” Registers a Ten and Annihilates Everything
This newly formed black metal entity (mem. Sól, Vitriol, and more) has written an atom-smashing masterpiece of an album.
One of a Kind: MONO and A.A. Williams Forge a Singularity on the “Exit in Darkness” EP
Japanese instrumental rockers MONO found a creative peer in A.A. Williams on a new EP; we take a look at "Exit in Darkness," the output of this unlikely fusion.
Death Metal for the Mind: Odious Mortem Tap Into Senses Unknown on “Synesthesia”
We deep-dive into Odious Mortem's comeback album -- it's been more than a decade since this death metal outfit's last release, but the wait was worth it. Very worth it.
Fen as Fenster: “The Dead Light” Forever Shines Through the Glass of Memory
We review the sixth full-length from UK-based black metal project Fen -- how does the band stack up after nearly a decade of releases?
Cattle Decapitation; or, the Grim Cartographers of Earth’s “Death Atlas”
We dive head-first into the apocalyptic new "Death Atlas," a Cattle Decapitation record for the record books.
Hypno5e Finds “A Distant (Dark) Source,” Makes it Close and Real
Djent will always be a contentious tag, but Hypno5e goes far beyond its trappings with their latest release via The Ocean's in-house label Pelagic Records. Here's our full review of this beauty.