291: HAIL SPIRIT NOIR / part two

By the time Hail Spirit Noir released โ€˜Eden in Reverseโ€™, their fourth full length album, they had evolved completely into a genre-melding psychedelic prog rock outfit, with only passing hints of the black metal band they were a decade earlier. โ€˜Eden in Reverseโ€™ finds the band leaning heavily into their 70s prog rock influences. Spacey … Continue reading 291: HAIL SPIRIT NOIR / part two

287: HAIL SPIRIT NOIR / part one

It was already evident from their 2012 debut, โ€˜Pneumaโ€™, that Hail Spirit Noir were never going to stick to genre norms. Their unique sound offered a eclectic, yet weirdly cohesive, fusion of black metal and a proggy, and even psychedelic, rock sound. Harsh rasping snarls would give way to almost folk-sounding clean vocals, and rapid, … Continue reading 287: HAIL SPIRIT NOIR / part one


When trying to work out what others labelled Ioanna Gikaโ€™s music as, I seems to come across the term โ€˜dream popโ€™ a lot. I suppose that fits, but it also betrayed the deep, gothic, industrial vibes I get here. Gikaโ€™s album โ€˜Thalassaโ€™ combines her ethereal vocal stylings with beautiful, poppy melodies, and synths and percussion … Continue reading 218: IOANNA GIKA


Six weeks ago or so, I wrote about US one-man black metal project, Mare Cognitum, who had been part of the collaborative album/atmospheric black metal masterpiece 'Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine' and then only 12 months later released and absolutely sensation solo album in 'Solar Paroxysm'. Well, now it's time to talk about the other … Continue reading 153: SPECTRAL LORE