Atmospheric/Avant-garde Category

Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom / support black metal
Last year was the year of black metal and many fans as well as media collectively admitted that undisputed fact. The lists of best of the best albums seemed endless hence catching up with everything that was coming out was equal to convincing one that there is a higher entity than almighty Chuck Norris. Hopefully, I won’t be punished for saying his name in vain.. Last year, I also decided not to join the “Best albums” train and instead I compiled an article of some of the most promising yet hardlyRead More
Regnvm Animale - Et Sic in Infinitum / support black metal
Regnvm Animale are a duo that breaks away from the common association that most people relate to when it comes to Swedish extreme metal. In the new episode of album recommendations, I introduce an album that requires the listener to be more open-minded than ever because it is not as extreme and grim sounding as most of the albums that I have published around here. It’s different, it’s fresh and… If am to categorize Regnvm Animale’s debut album “Et sic in infinitum”, I would remain in silence for a couple ofRead More
Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Deluge and Maïeutiste / support black metal
Do terms such as “avant-garde”, “transcending” and “experimental” are the key to unlocking doors to other unexplored dimensions concerning extreme metal? Or does this new and swiftly arising tide wash away the original purpose of black metal in particular? These two have been composed while silently observing how people comment on black metal as well as analysing what is becoming trending in recent years.  Increasingly, fans are getting more curious and dare to leave their “comfort zone” because as everything in this world, things evolve; some eventually for the worse,Read More
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