Receiving the Evcharist: Inexorum and Dead Cowboy

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Inexorum’s Moonlit Navigation and LA Ale Works’ Dead Cowboy.   Continue reading

Album Review: Naglfar — “Cerecloth”

naglfar - cerecloth

Man, 2005 was a crazy year for me and metal.  It was the year I re-engaged with the genre, and the more extreme side held me vice-like in its grip.  If it had a cool cover and logo I grabbed it, and paramount in those random grabs was the melodic black metal of Naglfar.  The mix of heavy, black and melodic was an immediate hit, and they’re still a band I turn to when I want something immediately catchy and aggressive.  New material has been a long time coming, but now we are diabolically blessed with Cerecloth after eight long years, and it doesn’t miss a step, picking right back up on the traits that made the band one of my gateways bands back to the genre. Continue reading

Album Review: Uhtcearu – “Madness & Creation”

Uhtcearu - Madness & Creation

It’s a thing of true joy when bands do unexpected things or further explore smaller nuances of albums past and actually stick the landing. And while Uhtcearu’s direction on third full length, Madness & Creation, is more subtle than Lord Dying’s recent about face, it is a bit of a different look. This time out melodic black metal takes a backseat to the band’s progressive side as well as a more straightforward black metal approach and as a result we’ve got ourselves a different, more well rounded, and stronger version of Uhtcearu. Continue reading

Album Review: Inexorum – “Lore of the Lakes”

Inexorum - Lore of the Lakes

When you see the phrase “melodic black metal” you’re probably instantly reminded of something – it may not be actual music from a band but an impression, a sense of presence conjured up in some Jungian archetype to give meaning to the words.  For me the phrase elicits icy, bright melodies that fly against stinging blast beats, lines harmonizing and coming apart in frenzied bursts of power.  In other words, I pretty much hear what Inexorum beautifully executes on debut album Lore of the Lakes.   Continue reading

Profile: Kevin De Leneer of Saille

Saille
Saille

Belgium’s melodic black metallers Saille (pronounced sahl-yeh) will be releasing their fourth full length Gnosis this week via Code666. Saille was formed in 2008 and over the course of their previous three albums the band has grown and matured exponentially to what we have in front of us now on Gnosis. Their original goal was to create melodic black metal with an “epic and threatening feel” and they’ve done just that since the beginning but here the fruits of their labor are fully realized: the brute force of “Prometheus”, the sweeping scope of “Magnum Opus” and the british heavy metal meets epic power feel of closer “1904 Era Vulgaris” proves the point beyond any question. Being inspired previously by horror literature and HP Lovecraft themes each album features a different concept and Gnosis is no exception as the band explores the Promethean ideal and its Luciferian counterpart (aka striving for knowledge and the consequences thereof). But they also lightly touch on Aleister Crowley’s Thelema — huge themes for a band to tackle but Saille does it with ease and makes a believer out of the listener with their skilled songwriting and musicianship. We recently got the chance to ask drummer Kevin De Leneer our set of Profile questions, see what he had to say after the jump. Continue reading