Pallbearer have once again brought us a masterclass in misery, pain and melancholy. Heartless feels more refined and expansive than their previous efforts, occasionally taking us to more aggressive and progressive territores that were hitherto unexplored. These boy's just seem to get better and better with every release!
One of those bandcamp gems that you'd just never find elsewhere. Great blend of psychedelic textures, prog structures and heavy riffs. Reminds me quite a lot of Iron Maidens proggier stuff in recent years on Crust of Theia and My Sleeping Karma on Mugen = Mugen.
Incredible concept album. Manages to set a perfect balance between post-rock and black metal with touches of neo-classical and folk. Really evocative when taken in context with its subject material, the mysterious Dyatlov Pass incident.
As soon as I got to track two I realised I had to buy this beautiful album. I have never heard anything quite like it. What I've always wanted for music. Esoteric ramblngs, wonderful, enchanting acoustic guitar work and sublime strings. Ticks all of the boxes I never knew I had!
Bought this when Bad Omen records were doing their sale in support of the Dakota Pipeline Access Protest. Took my a few months to get around to listen to it and I have to say this is actually outstanding! A brilliant heavy blues, psych odyssey that sounds both fresh and retro at the same time.
Fenriz approved NWOBHM who sing about God, who'd have thought! Sounds like a modern Wishbone Ash mixed with some heavy guitars with a bit of added folk. Really enjoyable release. Some lovely harmonies and melodies.
Silly videos aside, the first Immortal album was still a landmark BM release. It is both entirely different from their later discography, in tone and style, and more progressive than most of their contemporaries. But this album is all about vibey Bathory worship. Well worth a buy!
I genuinely haven't heard anything quite this original in a very long time. It seems to combine all the best aspects of 70's prog but repackages it with a fantastic production and an inspired vocal performance. Those first notes of Ode To Ether hit me with a wave of chills that lasts until the end of the album. Superb.
I've had this album in my head since I heard it last Autumn. There's something so calming and and humbling about the music. It takes you and frees you from the daily trappings of modern life and transports you to the wild.
These guys have channeled something brilliantly here and it haunts me every day!
Dark & brooding. One of the most addictive Ulver albums I've heard to date and my favourite since Shadows of the Sun. There's a real Brian Eno/John Carpenter mash-up vibe here which works incredibly well.
Superb album. I see it as a sort of musical companion to 'Woodfall', Musk Ox's latest effort, with Weinroth playing beautifully on both releases. Wonderfully melancholic and great for a rainy day or walk in the woods...
Few bands surprise me these days and Agalloch are one of them. Never before have I heard music which has been so deeply moving and personal. This is music about landscape, history and the connection between human beings and nature and Agalloch exemplify this relationship perfectly. Truly Beautiful.