You really have to commend Darkthrone. Never ones to pander, the hellish duo of Fenriz and Nocturno Culto have long left the cold black metal sound behind, the sound that brought them to the ball and have since traversed different plains from punk (like on The Cult is Alive and
Is it possible to stop Njiqahdda? They are a band that are so inhumanly prolific that they could almost give the likes of Nadja or Justin Broadrick a run for their money but what is so inspiring about the mysterious Illinois-based duo is the trajectory of consistency they maintain with
Number One ETERNAL HELCARAXE Eternal Helcaraxe’s first full-length is deservedly one of the best records to come out of this island this year. Released by Abyss Records, Against All Odds is the Cavan black metallers’ best work to date after the To Whatever End EP and a demo in 2008.
This year has been jammed full of black metal of the highest quality, from all corners of its darkened room, and it’s next to impossible to give each release the much deserved attention and love (or hate) that it so richly needs. However, miss Dragged From Our Restless Trance at
Now signed with Nuclear War Now, Oregon underground enigma Knelt Rote has all but moved away from their grindcore origins and into pastures more akin to the death metal and black metal that is often associated with the label. Last album Insignificance went a long in bridging the gap to
To the uninitiated, Beithíoch (meaning beast in Irish, an appropriate name if there was one), is a warped black metal project with branches into death and doom, all resonated from a not so specific location in the “north west” of Ireland. Maintaining much of the mystery and sometimes peculiar anonymity