Atmospheric/Avant-garde Category

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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
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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
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One of the easiest ways to enter the infinite realms of beauty of nature is through appropriate mood setting. The right music and imagery can fuel your imagination and take you beyond your reality. As to music, “Silent Forest” serves exactly this purpose. A fascinating atmospheric/ambient black metal incarnation of nature that was carefully shaped by Forgotten Deity – a one-man project from Poland. “Silent Forest” is far away from the hateful & blasphemous themes that most bands are aiming for within the boundaries of black metal. It’s a musicalRead More
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Bloody Music There’s more science fiction in Black Metal! After the ingenious Vyre debut album The Initial Frontier Pt. 1 proved successfully that these two genres have some things in common, Karlsruhe-based Lyfthrasyrs third album The Engineered Flesh dives deep into the dark abyss of dystopian hard sf, creating a rather unsettling vision of our near future. Unlike their colleagues, Lyfthrasyr stay on solid ground, will say: on Earth, and give their attention to a subject that could become reality faster than you might think: nanotechnology in all its shades,Read More
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History is written by the victors. We are the voice of the dead. At first, I was sceptic: A band called The Committee presents a debut album entitled Power Through Unity with a cover like a propaganda poster? At once my brain produced pictures from the movie V for Vendetta, and as a trained sceptic towards any form of text I wasn’t that much impressed by the band’s statement that they had no political intentions whatsoever, but wanted to pay a tribute to all the name- and faceless dead whoRead More
VYRE - The Initial Frontier Pt. 1 Cover
Black Metal from Outer Space! Vyre is a new and promising project, founded in 2011, and KG Cypher (vox), Hedrykk (guitar), Zyan (guitar), T. Maximilian (bass), Android (drums) and Doc Faruk (Synth-Sounds) decided to bring two unusual fields together: Black Metal and science-fiction. The offspring is their debut The Initial Frontier Pt.1, and whoever interested in hard sound out of the ordinary should listen into this! A short intro and five songs, no one less than eight minutes long, awaits us on The Initial Frontier Pt. 1. It is aRead More
Sado Sathanas - Nomos Hamartia review by Support Black Metal

Posted On February 16, 2014By LifeloverIn Albums, Atmospheric/Avant-garde

Sado Sathanas – Nomos Hamartia

Open up your heart and soul and get prepared for today’s huge dose of dark amusement. Sado Sathanas proudly present their newest album “Homos Hamartia”, which I will dissect for you in a short. But first lets get a little familiar with the band, shall we? Sado Sathanas originate from Germany and has spread the art of  gloom since 1996. With every release becoming more noteworthy, marking tremendous progress in their work. For the time being they have two full-lengths and one of them is due to be out – “NomosRead More
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Posted On February 9, 2014By LifeloverIn Albums, Atmospheric/Avant-garde

Agael – Trost

Every once in a while I come across one-man bands and in the end I find myself asking the following question “How the hell could you pull out such a stunning piece of art on your own?!” I’m not gonna beat around the bush because today I’m gonna talk about Agael and his forthcoming album “Trost.” Agael is a German project that was born in 2008 falling under the category of  black metal in a sophisticated form that incorporates elements of dark ambient, post/atmospheric and doom metal. The first everRead More
Eudaimony - Futile

Posted On January 27, 2014By LifeloverIn Albums, Atmospheric/Avant-garde

Eudaimony – Futile

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you gather members of renowned bands such as Secrets of the Moon, Naglfar and Dark Fortress? Either way there is an answer already and it’s called Eudaimony. When I first discovered this band I instantly set high expectations due to the lineup, which represents Jörg Heemann/drums (Secrets of the Moon), Marcus E. Norman /keyboards, guitars, bass(Naglfar, ex-Bewitched), Matthias Jell/vocals (ex-Dark Fortress, ex-Sindecade) and Peter Honsalek/piano, viola (ex-Nachtreich). Eudaimony‘s debut “Futile” was released in the end of November 2013 via Cold Dimensions. There are two guest appearances on the vocal partRead More