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The Month In Metal – May 2020

Heads up: Wyatt is grabbing the intro reins this month as he takes a deep dive into the Netherlands' flourishing black metal scene.
Wyatt | May 29, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Stream Idle Hands’ New Album Mana

Portland's Idle Hands channel goth rock and traditional heavy metal in equal measure, and in an alternate reality where the '80s dalliance with both genres…
Wyatt | May 9, 2019 - 9:56 am


Stream The New Split LP From Dutch Black Metallers Fluisteraars & Turia

Fluisteraars and Turia have helmed a progressive branch of atmospheric black metal in recent years, crafting surreal epics from somewhat lean compositions. The two Dutch…
Wyatt | September 17, 2018 - 11:00 am


Pillorian – “A Stygian Pyre”

Last May the dearly beloved Pacific Northwest atmospheric black metal band Agalloch called it quits, ending a 20-year run as a pioneering and magical force…
Wyatt | January 10, 2017 - 10:58 am

Stream Aureole Aurora Borealis

Aureole land in the growing subgenre of black metal that focuses thematically on outer space. It's a style that has been increasing not just in…
Wyatt | December 5, 2016 - 2:01 pm


MURG – “Mästarens Resa I Mörkret”

The black metal duo MURG emerged out of thin air last year, presumably in some icicled and snow-blanketed Swedish forest, announcing themselves with the remarkably…
Wyatt | November 16, 2016 - 11:04 am


Set And Setting – “Saudade”

Set And Setting play lush post-rock with an acerbic metal edge, and for those who have always found the growls, howls, and yells of metal…
Wyatt | November 15, 2016 - 10:45 am

Stream Jassa Lights In The Howling Wilderness

Jassa's Lights In The Howling Wilderness is one of the most awesome and unusual black metal albums you'll hear in 2016. On the one hand,…
Wyatt | November 10, 2016 - 12:05 pm


Stream Fluisteraars Gelderland EP

Fluisteraars put out one of the best metal records of the year last year in Luwte, an album of emotive black metal that achieved moments…
Wyatt | October 24, 2016 - 10:01 am

Mare Cognitum – “Crimson Abyss: NGC 2238″

More and more metal bands have been turning to the cosmos for inspiration in recent years, realizing that what flies above in the great unknown…
Wyatt | August 17, 2016 - 2:51 pm

Cult Of Fire – “Death”

Cult Of Fire put out one of the best black metal albums of 2013, one that has been both remembered and perhaps limited in its…
Wyatt | August 17, 2016 - 11:56 am


Grift – “Källan”

When people wonder aloud as to why Scandinavia produces so many metal bands, you’ll often hear about the harsh, cold landscape or the days on…
Wyatt | August 8, 2016 - 11:01 am


Stream MAKE Pilgrimage Of Loathing

About this time last year, North Carolina's MAKE released their sophomore record, The Golden Veil. That album, which mixed pensive desert vibes with moments of…
Wyatt | July 8, 2016 - 12:30 pm

Stream Moonknight Zhora EP

Moonknight play a deeply melodic lo-fi brand of black metal, and in the past, their music has sported a somewhat militaristic edge. Beneath fuzzy riffs…
Wyatt | June 24, 2016 - 12:35 pm

Sivyj Yar – “The Unmourned Past” (Stereogum Premiere)

Russia's Sivyj Yar have consistently put out some of the best atmospheric black metal albums of recent vintage, releasing beauties annually for the past three…
Wyatt | June 21, 2016 - 1:20 pm

Comments from Wyatt

Thanks for pointing this out. We weren’t aware and added a note above to add this context. I also wanted to acknowledge the Grift split mentioned, too — I premiered one of the Grift tracks from that split when it came out several years back, and recently had Grift on our March list. I didn’t realize the extent of Drudkh’s history and should have researched this more thoroughly then and now. We miss things and make mistakes. These things do need to be called out when we find them.
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June 30, 2020 on The Month In Metal – June 2020
Thanks for the hot tip, man!! You’re totally right!
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January 31, 2020 on The Month In Metal – January 2020
Darren, I'm so pleased it connects. I had not heard Black Table--thank you for sharing! Really liking what I'm hearing. Stay tuned, there are some exciting things coming. One in particular lands at the end of the month.
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November 19, 2016 on MURG – “Mästarens Resa I Mörkret”
or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0eKdGcuxAw
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April 14, 2016 on Sanctuaire – “Graver Sur Les Pierres, Les Souvenirs D’Hier”
One EP that I think deserved some praise this year was Gallowbraid's debut Ashen Eidolon. Seriously awesome stuff, I put it in my top ten.
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December 21, 2010 on Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010