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Black metal is as vast as the universe itself. My mission is to prove it every time by discovering new bands and sharing them with you.

Ascended Dead - Abhorrent Manifestation

Posted On February 12, 2017By LifeloverIn News, Recommended

Premiere: Ascended Dead – Abhorrent Manifestation

Alright, it’s time for a new crushing arrival that promises nothing but a complete and utter annihilation! You may not remember Ascended Dead because I normally try to keep on my “black metal only” rule. However, exceptions are acceptable every once in a while, especially if the material is way too good, or impossible to be left behind. Case in point – “Abhorrent Manifestation“, the well anticipated debut full-length of San Diego-based death metal tyrants Ascended Dead. The band was born back in 2011 following the release of a demo, anRead More
Nightbringer - Terra Damnata
Alright, you might be surprised that the new post arrived so soon given the usual delays. Today, I was fortuned enough to finish my day time work on time and have vital energy to write something up. So, allow me to introduce some truly fine picks, two of which to be released and one…well, already out. Nightbringer – Terra Damnata I assume Nightbringer have received a fair amount of attention by popular media publishers already for their upcoming opus. However, I decided to join the bandwagon not for anything else butRead More
Dans La Joie - Au Champ des Morts
Today, I present the first appearance of SBM contributor Phantom who shares a selection of 3 quite interesting bands. Without further due, let’s start with them. Vranac – Apocrypha  Although, nowhere is openly stated when Russia’s Vranac formed, I consider it a newborn band given the few releases that the trio has issued forth by now. My journey of exploring their works dates back to 2014 when I first played their split “Заговор“, which you can download for free, by the way. Today, I have the pleasure of recommending their latest singleRead More
Entartung - Baptized Into the Faith of Lust
I guess it is too early to say that 2017’s harvest will be fruitful but judging by the recently announced albums I fear not to state it. While I was busy working on my day job for the past days, I received in my email box a few emails containing material that is highly magnetic (to say the least). Without further due, let’s jump into the good stuff! Consummation – Ritual Severance With the ever growing pool of badassery that is springing in Iceland as of lately, I won’t be surprised ifRead More
Anomalie - Visions
Alright, the silence has been too overwhelming here and I think it’s about time to break it with a massive sledge-hammer! In today’s short installment, I’ll present for the first time German post-black metallers Anomalie. Although, I should have done that long time ago, I’ll try my best to make up for that by announcing the band’s third full-length “Visions.” Anomalie is a young 3-piece alliance that hails from Austria. For the short span of their existence, these guys managed to put out 2 solid full-lengths, a single and nowRead More
Förgjord - Uhripuu
Eyes to the Northern part of the globe, please! Today, we are heading to the coldest regions of Finland where you will find some of the most spiteful black metal cults out there! One of the prime examples would be Förgjord – a trio based in Pieksämäki which has been around ever since 1995! The band has contributed with a relatively big share of blackened extremism including a few demos, splits and 3 full-lengths; the latter is yet to come but you can already taste a bit from it!  Förgjord’s  upcoming album bears theRead More
Light of the Morning Star - Nocta
Holidays are over now and your daily routine has most likely taken over but don’t despair! Instead, allow me to introduce you a small yet exciting batch of 3 albums featuring Light of The Morning Star, Laster and Praecognitvm. Let’s get into the good stuff!  Light of the Morning Star – Nocta One of the first appearances of Light of the Morning Star on this blog was when I published the 3rd edition of SBM sampler. It didn’t take long for the band to announce the grand arrival of hisRead More
altarage -nihil / best record labels of 2016

Posted On December 31, 2016By LifeloverIn News, Recommended

SBM’s list of top record labels in 2016

I’ve been hearing contradictory opinions on whether 2016 was a fruitful year as to black metal and its sub-genres. My personal expectations however were met and I am beyond satisfied for all the goodies that came to my door. Apart from the ever growing tireless community of artists that are bursting with creativity, there are record labels whose work has left a major legacy for all of us, the connoisseurs of the blackened art. With this installment, I’ll present a short list of 5 record labels that did a remarkable job thisRead More
ande - het gebeente
Almost immediately after the Christmas madness is over and we step into 2017, a number of solid albums will be unleashed upon the masses. A few days ago, I’ve been recommended to check out Ande, which is a one-man act masterminded by Jimmy Christiaens from Belgium. The band was conceived back in 2015 and so far, he has put out a single full-length titled “Licht.”  In all honesty, I am not familiar with that particular release as I discovered the band through a preview of “Het Gebeente” on Soundcloud. Nevertheless, myRead More
Torrid Husk / End - Swallow Matewan; black metal albums of 2016
This year has been busy for me on multiple fronts, therefore catching up with 2016’s breed was a tough task. However, I did my best to scan what popular metal publishers have already covered in their year end lists and came up with the following. Instead of repeating what has been praised probably 100 times now, I will present you a retrospection that will cover  hardly ever mentioned albums.  Be sure to bookmark this post as it will be the only dedicated one to summing up some of the finest albumsRead More