No Gods, No Time, All Being: Alexander Nym on Patrick Leagas’s “Godlesstate”

.:.NO GODS, NO TIME, ALL BEING.:. Patrick Leagas’s Recent Album Godlesstate Is an Exploration into the Dawn of Humankind and Realms Beyond Consciousness by Alexander Nym ___ Godlesstate carries a ...


The Perpetual Nothing: An Interview with Svartidauði

.:.THE PERPETUAL NOTHING.:. An Interview with Svartidauði by Abhik Chakraborty ___ One of the finest scenes to have come up in the world of black metal in the past few ...


Into the Neon Darkness: An Interview with Synthwave Artist Red Marker

.:.INTO THE NEON DARKNESS.:. An Interview with Synthwave Artist Red Marker by Nicholas Diak ___ A veteran of the trance scene, Red Marker is a newly transitioned act to the ...

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Psyche-Folk and Midnight Wanderings From Dark Holler Arts and Hand/Eye

Eleventh Key’s latest release is  the Hearth CD by The Owls Are ...

Pre-Order Announcement For ‘Until The Darkness Takes Us’ From Nathan Gray Collective

Reverend Nathan Gray has been in the studio over the last several ...

Trees of Eternity: ‘Hour of the Nightingale’ + Spiritus Mortis: ‘The Year Is One’, Both Available for Pre-order

Svart Records have lots of things going on as the year 2016 ...

Coming Soon from Reverse Alignment: Three Ambient Soundtracks for Your Dreams

Dormant from 2011-2014, but revived in 2015, Reverse Alignment has quickly re-established ...

Coming Soon from Kvitnu:

Ukrainian label Kvitnu, which describes itself as a home for “sound and ideas ...

Heart Beat Ear Drum: A Film About Z’EV

A portrait of the artist and musician Z’EV, known for his punk ...

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Contemplatron & Shentz – His Master’s Voice: Apocryphical Soundtrack for the Book of St. Lem

Science fiction can be frivolous, but it can also be profound. There is an entire canon of works in the genre that delve into the human experience, sometimes taking on questions of philosophy with a sophistication that rivals professional academic philosophers. Stanisław Lem is well-regarded as a writer of this kind of deeper, thought-provoking science fiction. […]

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Horologium’s “Labyrinthos” Is a Veteran Effort that Gets Lost in Its Own Maze

Holologium is a project that confused me from the very beginning with this latest album on Poland’s Rage in Eden. The placement of the name and title, Labyrinthos, on both the cover and side of the album created bewilderment over which was the album title and which was the band name. I was initially very […]

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Sophe Lux and the Mystic – All Are One

A lot of the more passionate and sincere music I’ve heard in the past year has stemmed from distinctly retro influences. Whether you think this is a positive or negative comment on modern music, I leave it up to you to decide. Whatever the case, there are so many aesthetics from bygone decades that it […]

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Wappenbund / Erdschleife – Split

Since 1999, Sven Bussler‘s Wappenbund project has been making harsh martial industrial fused with power electronics. This split release puts four tracks by Wappenbund alongside a single long track by Erdschleife, for whom this appears to be their debut release. Erdschleife’s œEin flammendes Schwert zur Rechten Hand€ is a twenty-minute slab of ambient industrial. Bursts […]

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Dirk Serries and Chihei Hatakeyama Craft an Arctic of the Mind on “The Storm of Silence”

There are exactly 9,442 miles between Brussels and Tokyo, and while Dirk Serries has described his collaboration with Chihei Hatakeyama as “spontaneous and fast,” the distance between the two artists is tangible on The Storm of Silence.  That’s by no means a negative criticism.  While method doesn’t always impact result, The Storm of Silence is […]

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Starving Insect’s “The Great Nothing” Is a Nihilistic Doomcore Mantra that Embraces the Void

The Great Nothing, the cleverly titled debut album from Starving Insect, got me thinking about nihilism.  Defined as the belief that life is meaningless, nihilism rejects morality and embraces the absence of purpose or values.  Owing to a vocal sample on “IDDQD” where the speaker declares “I feel nothing, fucking nothing at all,” combined with […]

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Croatian Amor’s “Love Means Taking Action” Imposes Its Own Aesthetic Order

Something subtle but strange happens on the opening track of Croatian Amor‘s Love Means Taking Action. After a minute and five seconds of a woman singing sweetly of stars and angels, her voice stops abruptly and breathy reverb drops in. It sounds like an accident—an error in editing. The voice resumes, accompanied by the breathy […]

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Stilla – Skuggflock

Cascadian black metal, for all of its praise and criticism, has managed to continue growing and expanding, now enjoying a sound and feel almost entirely different from the blueprint that acts like Agalloch and Wolves in the Throne Room laid out through its history. Bands such as Panopticon, Nechochwen, Saor, and Alda continue to push […]

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Hostage Pageant – Barren Terminals

Though active and wonderfully prolific over the course of the last six years, until Barren Terminals, Hostage Pageant had not released a full-length LP on vinyl. It’s understandable, as vinyl can often provide a slight distortion to bass sounds, frequencies exceedingly crucial in the scope of Shane Church’s work as Hostage Pageant. I received Barren […]

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Mist of Misery – Absence

There is a beauty in melancholy which, when expressed through music that mirrors its attributes, can be truly mesmerizing. Mist of Misery is all about this dark beauty; they are not trying to create black metal that is frightening, demonic, or anything of the sort. This is romantic; it is black capes and candles and […]

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