Tag: Atmospheric

Hell – Hell Review

We all have those transcendent moments during our exploration of this genre where something manages to redefine the HEAVY part of heavy metal. Old dogs will cite interminable examples from the earliest days, as well

Dzö-nga – The Sachem’s Tale Review

To fans of some of the greatest atmospheric, somewhat “avant-garde” works in the history of black metal, Boston’s Dzö-nga provides a bit of a conundrum. On one hand, The Sachem’s Tale provides a damn fine,

Anathema – The Optimist Review

I have always been a fan of Anathema, but I haven’t always been a very good fan of Anathema. I was there at the beginning and count The Silent Enigma as required listening for early

Grima – Tales Of The Enchanted Woods Review

Boundaries are something we often attach to the music we collect. Whether it be Swedish death metal, Bay Area thrash, “Trve” Norwegian black metal or German power metal, people are always looking for ways to

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Trees of Eternity – Hour of the Nightingale Review

Born out of a 2009 collaboration, Trees of Eternity began innocently enough. Juha Raivio invited Aleah Stanbridge into the studio to work on the track “Lights on the Lake” which was set to be featured

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Saor – Guardians Review

If Scotland is going to have an impact year in black metal it’s going to be due to the tireless efforts of Andy Marshall. Guardians represents his second solo release of 2016. Earlier this year

Lotus Thief – Gramarye Review

The most important fact to dispense with here is that Gramarye is a beautiful album. No prefix, no qualification, no caveat: beautiful, full stop. Although two of Lotus Thief’s members also play in Botanist, the

Horseback – Dead Ringers Review

The last full-length outing by North Carolina musician Jenks Miller under the Horseback name was 2012’s Half Blood, a mostly enjoyable blend of black metal and roots music with doom and drone elements thrown in for good measure.

Zun – Burial Sunrise Review

The appeal of desert rock as a musical genre has to be understood not just in musical terms, but in terms of the deep vein of imagery and mythology that its evocation of the American

Ixion – Enfant De La Nuit Review

From epic and gothic to funeral and death-infused, 2015 was a banner year for doom metal of all forms. Perhaps lost amidst the bigger names that released albums last year was France’s Ixion, purveyors of