King Diamond is heavy metal royalty. It’s right there in the name. As the frontman for Mercyful Fate, he (and the band as a whole) were instrumental to the first wave of black metal, as well as influencing metal as a whole in the early 80s. Mercyful Fate incorporated the 70s rock sound, particularly prog … Continue reading 350: KING DIAMOND
Today, LLNN of Copenhagen release their third album, ‘Unmaker’, and in the 24 hours since it appeared on Spotify here in Australia I’ve been unable to fucking stop listening to it. It wasn’t until very recently, with the release of one of this new album’s singles that I was even aware of LLNN, but holy … Continue reading 267: LLNN
I first discovered Ivy Crown via their track ‘Lonesome and Cold’, featuring Kim Song Sternkopf of Møl. Having only recently become obsessed with Møl at the time, anything even tangentially related required my immediate attention. Unlike Møl’s bright and soaring blackgaze sound, Ivy Crown are… something else. I’ve seen them referred to as metalcore but, … Continue reading 204: IVY CROWN
The music of Heilung could be described as Nordic folk or neofolk, but the way they describe it themselves is far more fitting - amplified history. Featuring members from Germany, Norway, and Denmark, Heilung utilise myriad traditional instruments from varied ancient culture. Thematically, the focus is the Germanic people of the bronze, iron, and Viking … Continue reading 202: HEILUNG
Myrkur first burst onto the black metal scene an enigma - an enrapturing and mysterious atmospheric black metal artist with an incredible voice and Nordic folk influences. In time, the world learned that Myrkur was, in fact, the creation of Danish pop singer Amalie Bruun, Myrkur’s music has grown and matured over the past few … Continue reading 147: MYRKUR
I first discovered Iotunn only a week ago, but have felt so very moved by Access All Worlds that I was compelled to spread the word. This is an amazing band, and this album is a fucking masterpiece.