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Black metal is as vast as the universe itself. My mission is to prove it every time by discovering new bands and sharing them with you.

Svartidauði - Revelations of the Red Sword / Support Black Metal
It’s good to be back to my very own place of murk and solitude after such a long pause! There have been many things to figure out, which obviously reflected on SBM but that’s life, you know. Nevertheless, throughout my silence, I’ve received a large number of submissions, which I could not cover entirely (not even close), but I’ve selected some to include in this little but sweet black metal retrospection. Note: I’ve mashed up already published releases and stuff that is to come out in the near future, soRead More
Lychgate - The Contagion in Nine Steps front cd / support black metal
Not so long ago I did announce that I’d put an end to the album recommendations / reviews section and today, I’ll do it and hopefully you’ll remember it to be with grace and honour. Those years of active scribbling were an integral part of my life and I had to choose a CD that summarizes all the magnificent shades of a genre that I care about so damn much. Although this task appears to be challenging at first sight, it was, in fact, for the first time so easyRead More
time has shifted ans so has the need for reviews / support black metal
There is one very simple yet fundamental principle about life, which states that nothing is static. Things move around, evolve, shift and take different turns whether you like it or not. It’s just the way it is and if you are smart enough, you will not resist it but rather embrace what’s coming. And then…adapt.  This is how I’d like to start off this non-black metal related post, even though it is very much connected to this genre through music reviews.  Since the beginning of this blog, I’ve stated thatRead More
Elixir of Distress - Kontynent CD / support black metal
Damn, it has been a while since I’ve had those shivers running down my spine while listening to random stuff. Such is the case with Elixir of Distress, which is masterminded by Polish artisan Tomhet. Speaking of underground black metal, this feature is the absolute definition of a juicy record offering a plentiful of amazing times that you will hardly ever find on popular zines. There are awfully scarce details spread across the internet about this band overall. You need to work your way to get your hands on moreRead More
Grá interview / support black metal

Posted On May 11, 2018By LifeloverIn Interviews, News

Grá: Be a Leader, Not a Follower

Today, I’d like to share with you a new installment in SBM’s interview section with a gentleman whose’s work has had a tremendous impact on my love for music over the years. Heljarmadr of Swedish 5-piece band Grá (also known for being the vocalist of Dark Funeral) has been kind enough to let me steal some of his time, answering my questions. Although, my budget gives me so much freedom to go no further than interviewing by email, I managed to get at least one step closer to the essence of hisRead More
Aorlhac - L'Esprit des Vents CD / support black metal
Throughout the years of my humble experience in non-professional black metal promotion, I learnt that if there is no passion, it’s not worth it. Simple as that. If you cannot connect to the actual music on an emotional level and live it through, you will become just another worthless grumpy scribbler that writes about whatever he is thrown at. In this sense, If I don’t identify myself with what I am listening to, I simply pass on to an album that will resonate with me. Case in point – Aorlhac’sRead More
Hukutus - Koitus cover / support black metal

Posted On March 30, 2018By LifeloverIn News, Recommended

Premiere: Hukutus – Oksitosiini

Hukutus is a Finnish collective that I’ve had the pleasure to follow along since 2016 and today, it reached a significant milestone. The band has officially inked a deal with My Fate Music who are going to release their debut album titled “Oksitosiini“. Here is what they say about it: Chasing the soma-dragon, only to capture a dose of oxytocin. This is no narrative, it’s a bundle of wayward paths – towards dead-ends, into forsaken shrines, from the sham of gnosis, into empty darkness, to reach a hated tomb. ARead More
Totalitarian - De Arte Tragoediae Divinae cover 3 / support black metal
Extreme metal encompassing all of it shades has become increasingly more accessible, let’s face it. Some love it, thus label it as progress while others hate its guts since the roots are inevitably being washed away by the day. Even though the latter is for a fact, there will always be musicians who will relate to the golden dawn in creative manners that will bring the modern and traditional sound together. With the ever growing number of challenges to compete for attention, bands like Totalitarian emerge out of nowhere andRead More
Mascharat / support black metal
I cannot believe that it has been over 1 year since the last installment in our blitz category called “From the Depths.” It is time to dust it off by introducing 3 underground bands and their respective albums that caught my attention, so let’s get right into it.  Note: A new CD recommendation is on the way, so make sure to subscribe via the newsletter form. Meanwhile, if you wanna take a look at our previous updates, have a look here.  Thanatomania I have come across to Thanatomania thanks toRead More
Uada - Cult of a Dying Sun band / support black metal
I’ve just come to a fresh upload on Eisenwald’s official Youtube channel, which premieres a track from Uada’s upcoming new album. It’s been around 2 years in the making and “Cult of a Dying Sun” is finally set for an official release in late May. Other than that, there are no more particular details except for the fact that there will be a track list of 7 pieces and a slightly changed lineup; Brent Boutte from Helleborus steps in as the drummer and Edward Halpin of Sjukdom on the bass. Read More