Album Review: October Falls — “A Fall of an Epoch”

There once was a band from Helsinki… I don’t have a limerick to tell but, now that I’ve got your attention let’s talk about Finnish black/folk band October Falls and their new release, A Fall of an Epoch.  The band’s signature sound, described as “nature-oriented black metal,” is perfectly crafted here.  This is a black metal album with folky, atmospheric interludes offering moments of peace and solitude between killer riffs and Mikko Lehto’s howling vocals.  The perfect balance between the two musical styles makes for a beautiful and provoking album. Continue reading

Album Review: Ashtar — “Kaikuja”

Creatively captivating black/doom duo hailing from Basel, Switzerland, Ashtar, has returned after five years with their sophomore album Kaikuja.  The band has been in the studio since the summer of 2019 developing their sound and creating this darkly impressive work of art.  The rich and idiosyncratic tracks of this album are layered with intricacies giving each listen new discoveries and appreciation. Continue reading

Album Review: Witchkiss — “Transformation”

In times of uncertainty and the alarming global pandemic that we find ourselves in, doom metal can provide a fitting soundtrack as well as offer an escape and a source of comfort.  Witchkiss released their latest EP for these reasons.  The band hopes listeners will find solace in Transformation.  The New York trio specializes in ominous female vocals intermixed with brutal growls while creating groove worthy doom instrumentation.  Their craft is perfectly encapsulated in this two-track EP. Continue reading

Album Review: The Black Dahlia Murder — “Verminous”

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The Black Dahlia Murder has emerged from the sewers of the heavy metal underground, after three long years, with an absolute banger.  Verminous is a ten-track, 36-minute long event that instantly gets the adrenaline going and the fists pumping while exploring a slime covered wonderland.  This might just be the best album the band has released due to its compositional variety, heavy lyrical subtext, and overall musical mastery while still hitting hard and fast in classic The Black Dahlia Murder fashion. Continue reading

Album Review: Myth of I — “Myth of I”

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Forged at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass by a group of highly skilled musicians, Myth of I was born. And now, seven years later, Myth of I is an “…eclectic album with influences from all over the world and is sure to be something you can’t find anywhere else” as described by the band, and I’ve found that statement to be true. It’s a creative blend of musical styles from progressive metal, to black metal, to jazz fusion, to electro—with expert instrumentation by four talented musicians and no vocal tracking.  Myth of I bring such strong power and expression through their instruments that vocals are not needed and are not missed, surprisingly. Continue reading