Atmospheric/Avant-garde Category

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
A panorama more deplorably desolate no human imagination can conceive In December 2013, Naturmacht Production released Immersion, the debut album of Depressive/Atmospheric Black Metal Band Depicting Abysm from St. Petersburg, Russia. Behind Depicting Abysm are the two musicians A (all instruments/Programming) and K (vox), both known for their other project, Epitimia. Reducing the names shows just perfectly what Immersion is about: The individual is reduced to nothing in the face of the overwhelming, endless ocean that is as beautiful as deadly. The sea is centre point of attention in theRead More
About a few months ago I announced that Dimholt just finished their work on their debut “Liberation Funeral.” The album is out now and fortunately I am lucky enough to have it in my hands and share my thoughts about it. But first let me tell you a bunch of words about the band itself. I am sure newcomers to SBM E-zine would appreciate that. Dimholt hail from the sunny Bourgas, Bulgaria and was established in 2003. Almost 10 years since their birth is a perfect occasion to feast uponRead More
Morar - Chants of Ossian / support black metal
Morar is an entity of deep mystery; I don’t know who they are (no lineup announced) nor where they are from, though their bandcamp suggests Greenland in the tags line. What I do know is that they have an excellent taste and vision of expressing their darkened creativity. Back in 2013, Morar put out an EP called “Chants of Ossian” consisting of 5 songs in the vein of “sophisticated black metal” as described by the band itself. Short and very sweet.  After spending 26 minutes listening / reflecting on “ChantsRead More