Symphonic/Melodic Category

Darkenhöld-Memoria-Sylvarum / Support Black Metal
Darkenhöld is a band that I’ve had the privilege to write about in the past; to be more specific, 3 years ago when I presented their outstanding opus “Castellum“. These French fellas are absolute craftsmen when it comes to evoking epic fantasy themes coated by harsh melodic black metal. Since then, I’ve become a somewhat passionate fan of theirs and today, I’m gonna share why (plus, their latest record “Memoria Sylvarium“). An ode to the solitary explorations of the forests of south-east of France… When a band is capable to blend intricateRead More
Hegeroth - Three Emperors Triangle / support black metal

Posted On November 22, 2015By LifeloverIn Albums, Symphonic/Melodic

Hegeroth – Three Emperors’ Triangle

Returning to the Polish lands once more for yet another ride through the mirky corners of the underground where I’ve been welcomed by Hegeroth; a new discovery, which is in the vein of melodic and symphonic black metal of the 90’s. Hegeroth was established in 2010 and it is currently maintaining a complete lineup of 6 musicians that are all bound by one purpose; to create black fucking metal! I was granted with an opportunity to go through their debut album “Three Emperors’ Triangle”; a relatively short one given itsRead More
Fjorsvartnir - Mzoraxc Forbandelse / support black metal

Posted On October 12, 2015By LifeloverIn Albums, Symphonic/Melodic

Fjorsvartnir – Mzoraxc’ Forbandelse

Apart from the beautiful landscapes that Scandinavia has to offer to a world explorer, there is one hidden (for the majority of people who don’t get it) treasure that hovers up in the Northern sky and illuminates the frostbitten soil. Only a legion of chosen people who are all bound by one fundamental thing possess its powers; they all bear its flaming gifts that give birth to a generation of inspirational music that spans across the whole world and fascinates fans for years. This installment is no tourist guide whatsoeverRead More
angelscourge seraph impaler support black metal

Posted On September 20, 2015By LifeloverIn Albums, Symphonic/Melodic

Angelscourge – Seraph Impaler

Beware! Finland is on fire! With these words, I would like to start the first album recommendation after the long pause on this section with the only purpose of stressing that you are about to listen to some real badass stuff! Some of you who have downloaded the second installment of SBM’s sampler might have spotted their name in the list. Anyway, Angelscourge hail from Turku and their existence can be traced back to 2012 when they brought to this world their first ever demo “In the Realm of theRead More
Zorormr – Corpvs Hermeticum / support black metal

Posted On June 15, 2015By LifeloverIn Albums, Symphonic/Melodic

Zorormr – Corpvs Hermeticum

It’s the first time to touch on the work of the Polish record label Via Nocturna who presented for me this year’s black metal release by Zorormr  – “Corpvs Hermeticum”; an excellent melodic black metal incarnation from Poland. Let me tell you a few more words about it. “The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of the understanding.” – The Kybalion Firstly, Zorormr appears to be a one-man project that is represented by Moloch. “Corpvs Hermeticum” is the 3rd full-length (recorded with session members Mike Wead: lead stringsRead More
Temple of Oblivion - Traum und Trauma / support black metal
Time to dust off the recommended albums category with another awesome record that I meant to introduce for a very long time. I present you Temple of Oblivion’s second full-length “Traum und Trauma”, which continues to immerse the listener into an intense one hour long epic black metal storytelling. Temple of Oblivion originate from Germany and unlike most of the bands who circle arond satanic themes, they took another approach in terms of their lyrics. Their scripts are inspired by legends and events that occurred in the past, interpreted inRead More
Fathomhell - KvrX / support black metal

Posted On February 13, 2015By LifeloverIn Albums, Symphonic/Melodic

Fathomhell – KvrX

To be honest, Spain is not one of the countries where I begin seeking for fresh blood. A bad habit or just got used to be primarily focused on the Northern scene and follow closely how things are developing there, I almost missed out on records like this one, which is kinda of a shame. Fathomhell is an incarnation of a massive anti-human assault that is meant to wipe off the living of the face of earth. In 2014, they released their second EP titled “KvrX”; a three-pieces album, oneRead More
Nazgul Rising - Orietur in Tenebris Lux Tua / support black metal
Nazgul Rising is an aspiring Italian black metal coven who released their debut album “Orietur in Tenebris Lux Tua” in the end of May 2014. It was a long wait for this full-length to come , keeping in mind that the band was born back in 2002; “Demo-Niako” is their very first creation. Afterwards, two more demos followed until the grand arrival of “Orietur in Tenebris Lux”. As independed artists, Nazgul Rising have done an undisputedly great job with the preparation of their debut. The cover artwork is an eye-catcherRead More

Posted On June 30, 2014By NekristIn Albums, Symphonic/Melodic

Quintessence Mystica – Duality

 A Ukrainian Epic After their well-received debut The 5th Harmonic of Death (2011) Kharkiv-based duo Quintessence Mystica (Master Alafern – all instruments/arrangements and Dromos Aligianos – vocals) just delivered their second album Duality a few days ago via German label Schwarzdorn Productions. Quintessence Mystica want to explore what is behind the borders of common sense and sanity, and thus Duality leaves the unstable ground of reality and ventures on into the fields of all those things our erudition negates … Regarding their music, nothing’s really new on Duality: Quintessence MysticaRead More

Posted On March 25, 2014By LifeloverIn Albums, Symphonic/Melodic

Totengeflüster – Vom Seelensterben

Lets face it, German folks have got it embeded in their DNA to make awesome black metal, pushing the boundaries all the time. I mean, you won’t be surprised if you see “stunning” and “german black metal” in the same sentence, will you? Countless bands to point at and among them is Totengeflüster – new generation symphonic black metal duo that strikes so strong from the beginning with their debut “Vom Seelensterben.” Totengeflüster is one of those bands that do everything on their own and they do know how to deliverRead More