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

Album Review: Revenge – “Behold.Total.Rejection.”

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Thoreau may have penned “simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!”, but the quote could just as easily have come from war metal band Revenge. If nothing else, the Canadian triumvirate has been remarkably consistent in their approach over the past 15 years. The group has five studio albums: all featuring black, minimalist cover artwork (usually with a skull), all using three words to sum their dystopian landscape (Infiltration.Downfall.Death and Victory.Intolerance.Mastery. were the predecessors to Behold.Total.Rejection.). Boasting “No Scene. No brotherhood. No remorse.”, Revenge has carved out a niche of frenetically paced bestial metal using growling vocals and disconcerting chord progressions. Continue reading