Atmospheric/Avant-garde Category

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
Nemesis Sopor - Glas / support black metal

Posted On August 31, 2014By LifeloverIn Albums, Atmospheric/Avant-garde

Nemesis Sopor – Glas

Atmospheric metal meets philosophy Although there’s plenty of time to wait til it would be appropriate to reflect on 2014’s harvest, I cannot restrain myself from exclaiming “Holy shit! What a hot year!” Being moved by my latest discovery from Dresden – Nemesis Sopor, I’m super excited to give you an insight about their new full-length “Glas” (Glass). Striking album with dense atmosphere. Cutting-edge production and demonstration of randomness, speaking of musicianship and vocal parties. Nemesis Sopor have outdone themselves on each stage of development. Besides the post-black & avant-gardeRead More
Winterhauch – Am Ende stirbt die Hoffnung / support black metal
What could be the best album to listen to in a gloomy day; something furious or maybe chilling with subtle melancholic touch? Essentially, that’s up to you but I might have a suggestion that could make easier picking what to feed your soul on. Apocalyptic Art provides another interesting band that is worth getting to know. Hailing from Germany, Winterhauch appeared for the first time with an EP back in 2011, whose title is “Am Ende stirbt die Hoffnung”. It translates “In The End Hope Dies”.  This record involves six tracksRead More
Frozen land - Nostalgy / support black metal
I’ve always had a special attitude towards black/doom for it requires one to be in a darker than the usual state of the mind. And by “usual”, you should know what I mean if you are as die-hard black metal fan as I am. There are appropriate conditions where such kind of music could be a solace and deliver you from your pain. Music such as Frozen Land performs. First of all Frozen Land is run by one person under the name Mephisto. No wonder why it’s a one-man band,Read More