The internet is vexing me with it’s inconsistency so I’ll get to it as quickly as possible. Some good stuff came out this week. Try it out. You know the drill.

NEW STUFF: (Links in titles)

Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika
I’ve been sort of a casual Moonsorrow fan but I kept hearing how good the new album is so I figured it’s time to give it a shot and yeah, it’s pretty good. It’s hyper folk infused, slightly operatic black metal. I think there are other bands that do this better but Moonsorrow have a firm grasp on it and this album was fun to listen to.

Astral Path – An Oath to the Void
Astral Path is a Canadian band that just seemed to spring out of nowhere. This is their first and only release (so far) and it’s just some fucking killer ambient/atmospheric, furious black metal. SO much intensity and beauty on this one.

Mortichnia – Heir to Scoria and Ash
There’s not much info on this band aside they’re from Ireland and play a post/black/doom style of metal. There’s some really amazing moments on this album where the vocals and music mix perfectly but for the most part I think this territory has been covered better by other bands. Still, a solid listen.

Alastor – Waldmark
This long running, Austrian band quietly released their third album in March and while they seem to be highly regarded among the Austrian extreme metal scene, this is my first encounter with them but I’m glad I did. Alastor mixes black metal with pagan themes to conjure a primitive spirit and beautiful sounding record. It really picks up steam on the second half and takes some interesting turns musically.

Panphage – Genom Konst & Krig
This is a collection of all the Panphage material released between 2007 and 2011. The stand out collection on here is the Ursvol demo but the rest are fucking killer as well. If you like raw, atmospheric black metal, Panphage fucking kills it.

Savage Master – With Whips and Chains
Straight up, traditional 80’s styled heavy metal with a killer vocalist that falls somewhere between Leather Leone and Christian Mistress’ Christine Davis. Killer fun stuff here.

Sun Worship – Pale Dawn
For a band called Sun Worship, this album is not at all warm. Sun Worship take a mixture of atmospheric black metal and traditional minimalist black metal and just beat you over the head with it for forty minutes. It’s bleak and oppressing and about as far from the sun as you could get. Pretty solid album though.

OTHER JAMS:

Deathrow – Riders of Doom
Absu – Mythological Occult Metal: 1991-2001
Uprising – Uprising
Alastor – Waldmark
Drowning the Light – An Alignment of Dead Stars
Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
Panopticon – Autumn Eternal
Red Fang – Whales and Leeches
Funeral Circle – Funeral Circle
Khemmis – Absolution
Sacrilegium – Anima Lucifera
Grey Heaven Fall – Black Wisdom
Demons & Wizards – Demons & Wizards
Prince – The Very Best of Prince
Human Fortress – Defenders of the Crown
Black Majesty – In Your Honor
Arcturus – Aspera Hiems Symfonia

Until Next Time…

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