Atmospheric/Avant-garde Category

Lychgate - An Antidote for the Glass Pill / support black metal
The rise of what is to become an omnipresent entity; of genious and consuming madness. Let me start with a foreword. This year has been exceptional because I have been honored to follow the development of a massive manifestation of evolvement and progress in what many old-fashioned folks claim that is “dead” for a long time. Black metal has reached another level of supremacy that is far beyond the surface and it transformed in what could serve as a source of invaluable knowledge and inspiration for people willing to loseRead More
Moonreich - Pillars of Detest / support black metal

Posted On November 29, 2015By LifeloverIn Atmospheric/Avant-garde

Moonreich – Pillars of Detest

When both musical and visual artwork of utmost quality collide, a big bang results in massive proportions and one of the causers for such spectacular happenings is once again Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions from France.  This French label introduced to me several bands that took part in SBM sampler vol. 2 and in today’s installment, I would like to present you one of them – the mighty Moonreich. If there’s one thing that I already know for sure about Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions, their trademark is experimental black metal andRead More
Inquisitor - Clinamen Episteme / support black metal

Posted On November 4, 2015By LifeloverIn Albums, Atmospheric/Avant-garde

Inquisitor – Clinamen | Episteme

Blessed are those who submerge into heedless existence Forgotten Path zine, a very underground and as of now quite respected by me institution, has not only given voice of countless bands on paper, but also tried their chances in expanding as a record label. They have put up a stage, so to speak, for one band in particular that has brought me multiple eargasms and turned me into a devoted fan of their work at once. The Lithuanian quartet Inquisitor has been the newest treasure that I have dug upRead More
Hercyn - Dust and Ages / support black metal

Posted On October 19, 2015By LifeloverIn Albums, Atmospheric/Avant-garde

Hercyn – Dust and Ages

Almost 1 year after covering the amazing demo “Magda” and the split “All This Suffering Is Not Enough”, New Jearsey-based act Hercyn marked their solemn autumn return with their brand new debut album that I am very honored to present now. Despite setting the bars high with their successful start, this band demonstrates once again top-notch quality and originality through “Dust and Ages”; they managed to push their own limits much further and that’s what I call a real masterpiece! “Dust and Ages” is the sound of the dying Autumn. ItRead More
Hegemone - Luminosity / support black metal

Posted On January 13, 2015By LifeloverIn Albums, Atmospheric/Avant-garde

Hegemone – Luminosity

Today I added yet another valuable asset to my collection reconfirming that 2014 was a very yielding year for extreme metal followers. Hegemone, a post/blackened sludge metal quartet from Poland shared with me their debut album “Luminosity”, which by the way, is up for free streaming/downloading on bandcamp [follow the links below]. Let’s get into it! The concept of “Luminosity” is as broad as the music itself. It’s not to be given a description as every individual will perceive it differently while getting deeper into it. Take it like a trip towardsRead More
Paramnesia - S/T / support black metal

Posted On December 7, 2014By LifeloverIn Albums, Atmospheric/Avant-garde

Paramnesia – S/T

As a person who’s obsessed with collecting CDs, one of the criteria I mark the chosen ones by, is the artwork. It must be convincing and expressing the music beneath the fancy packaging. The bond between the visual and the sonic components is vital. In this sense, I came across Paramnesia’s self titled debut album, whose cover art is truly captivating and captures completely the essence of it. “Paramnesia” was released through Les Acteurs De L’Ombre Productions (see The Great Old Ones – Tekeli-Li) earlier in 2014. It is outlinedRead More
The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li / support black metal

Posted On November 21, 2014By LifeloverIn Albums, Atmospheric/Avant-garde

The Great Old Ones – Tekeli-Li

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”, said the one and only horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. This man has been an influence to many, particularly The Great Old Ones who have dedicated a musical sub-genre to his novels – “Lovecraftian black metal.” Wondering how Lovecraftian black metal would sound may not bring any definite answers unless you enter the transcendental world that  The Great Old Ones’ tunes emanate from. Their second full-length “Tekeli-Li” continues the obscure adventure,Read More
Hercyn - Magda / Thera Roya - All This Suffering is Not Enough
“Dedicated to the souls, hearts and minds rotting under urban decay. All this suffering is not enough for our existence”. This time unlike any other, I went overseas (figuratevely speaking) to seek for something that eventually reminded me what a big part and influnce is music in my life. It does sound pretty big and it is so for what I have discovered in my journey to America hasn’t just blown me away… It has given me a whole another perspective of the darkly beauty, charm and also how underratedRead More
Cepheide - de silence et de suie / support black metal

Posted On October 2, 2014By LifeloverIn Albums, Atmospheric/Avant-garde

Cepheide – De Silence Et De Suie

Autumn melancholy For this article I have been inspired by the newborn French formation Cepheide and their demo “De Silence Et De Suie”(translates “Silence and Soot”). After years of practicing in the shadows, this band has gathered enough strength and courage to show what they got under their belt. Cepheide’s members come from different musical backgrounds and that is evident in their mixed sound of diverse inspirations. Unique in its own way, cold and drenched in melancholy, “De Silence Et De Suie” is a perfect companion for the Autumn days.  Usually IRead More
Incipient Chaos - Sulphur / support black metal

Posted On September 26, 2014By LifeloverIn Albums, Atmospheric/Avant-garde

Incipient Chaos – Sulphur

One way to consider your day as lucky is when you stumble upon a band that has literally come out of the blue and kicks major ass. In my case, I received a package from Mortis Humanae Productions with an unknown to me French band that turmed out to be a precious gem. I’ve mentioned in other album dissections that sometimes the quality of an artwork reveals whether the music is worth it or not. Incipient Chaos’s debut EP “Sulphur” falls under that category. An excellent piece of art that makesRead More