All posts by Lone Watie

Celestia – Archaenae Perfectii (L’arche Arcane Des) Review

Celestia embodies the wonderful paradox of melody in black metal as well as any other band, and, at once bleak and beautiful, Archaenae Perfectii (L’Arche Arcane des Parfaits) is a model instantiation of the lately

The Vision Bleak – Set Sail To Mystery Review

What I loved about The Vision Bleak’s last offering, 2007’s The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey, was its capture and conveyance of the Gothic spirit at no cost to the essence of Heavy Metal. What

Sight Of Emptiness – Absolution Of Humanity Review

It’s a pretty safe jaunt just a little ways off the mercilessly beaten path, the Gothenburg melo- meets nameless brootal-death on the second coming of Sight of Emptiness. This is a style I rarely give

Onheil – Razor Review

I’m all for the hybridization of black metal. Hell, the metal world is already heavily populated with bands artfully fusing black metal with various other sub-genres from psychedelic prog (Enslaved) to death and doom (Withered)

Corsair – Alpha Centauri Review

Virginia’s Corsair draw liberally from all spheres of 70’s heavy rock for their debut EP, Alpha Centauri, which is a concept album, both varied and cohesive, whose story feels as natural as it is familiar.

Alcest – Écailles De Lune Review

Shoegaze, for me, has the emotional tone of a gray, overcast day. It seems sad, but there’s an inherently solemn beauty in its calm that kindles quiet reflection. Ultimately, it is the warm glow permeating

Les Discrets – Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées Review

One of the things I love about independent artists (or at least those that cater to the spirit of independent art), is their ability to condense all the intricacies of making that art into something

Voices From Beyond – The Gates Of Madness Review

I’ve said it before and here I go again: I find very few things in heavy music as refreshing as a band that can make old school style sound brand new. Recent exemplary efforts from