Exclusive Stream: Uburen – “I Hail”

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With Halloween lying just around the bend, Norwegian black metallers Uburen are set to release their second album, Frå døden fødes livTwo years removed from their debut Withered Roots, this nine-track collection offers a take on pagan black metal that’s traditionally raw yet features a healthy dose underlying melodic elements. In anticipation of this release, “I Hail” is available for stream below.

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As evidenced below, influences can be tied back to black metal pioneers Enslaved and Bathory, among others. While perhaps not replicating any specific genre directly, Uburen has created a unique intensity around their brand of black metal that simultaneously pays tribute to the genre’s beginnings. Given what we have heard so far, there is plenty to look forward to come Halloween.


 Frå døden fødes liv will be available on October 31st through Via Nocturna and be purchased here. Additionally, the previously released track “I Become” is also available for streaming. For more information on Uburen, visit their official Facebook page.


 

Throwback Thursday: Mayhem – “Esoteric Warfare”

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Woe to the man who tries to utter the name ‘Mayhem’ without also inviting the band’s redudantly notorious history into the conversation. Yet that is precisely what we will do in the present Throwback Thursday. We will take a stab at Mayhem’s 2014 album Esoteric Warfare rather than Euronymous. This essay will explore the band’s most recent album to date and take a look at just how much of the band’s reputation relies on continued musical prowess, while also asserting the state of the Norwegian black metal scene. Continue reading

Album Review: Narvik – “Ascension to Apotheosis”

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I had never heard of Narvik until this album found its way into my inbox, but I was still compelled to cover their latest full length album, Ascension to Apotheosis, for a couple of reasons. For one, this particular black metal band hails from Germany. Freiburg, to be more specific. And we all know where I stand on the black metal scene currently emerging from that particular region of the world (here’s a clue: I like it). But secondly, the band name in a reference to a very northern town in Norway that was home to the late Robert Burâs, a prominent name in extreme metal, and a name each member of this band thinks highly of. Coincidentally, is also the hometown of a few relatives of mine — relatives I’ve been trying to visit for some time. Story time over. I was both curious and excited to check this effort out, and overall it is a quality representation of black metal, even if it doesn’t necessarily seem do a ton to stand initially.

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Profile: A.F.S. of Reptillian

From Edged Circle: “Perennial Void Traverse indeed draws the listener into a void of ghastly contours that continually shapeshift. Lumbering ‘n’ lurking down-tempos instill an atmosphere of dread and impending doom, all before explosions of filth-banging thrash burst forth and hammer onward, only for the momentum to be up-ended by further lurking and creeping death, and a whole host of maneuvers that defy easy comprehension: the tools at Reptilian‘s disposal are many, and with an enviously fluid sense of mastery, they weave together a rich, red-eyed tapestry of hysteria and unease.”

You can order the album here. And, trust me, you’re going to want to do that. This album absolutely rules.

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Profile: Sylvaine of Sylvaine

Sylvaine is the solo project of Sylvaine. Hailing from Norway, her music is a blend of shoegaze and post-black metal full of emotional tugs and beautiful melody. Now she’s back and ready to follow up her 2014 release Silent Chamber, Noisy Heart. Her new album Wistful (our review here) journeys further into the dreamy, post-rock ether. The album cascades with gorgeous melodies and dramatic refrains but introduces tumult and tribulation into the heavenly and serene; striking a deeper and more articulate balance between the dark and and the light. Featuring Neige (Alcest) on drums, Wistful is ornate, ethereal rock from one of Norway’s most promising artists. It’s available 5.13.2016 via Seasons of Mist. Pre-Order the album here. It’s being streamed, in its entirety, right here. Continue reading