Within Temptation’s gothic-tinged take on symphonic metal, incorporating myriad other influences is some of the most beautifully triumphant metal to be heard. In 25 years, the Dutch band have seen a meteoric rise that sees them now headline huge festivals and playing to enormous crowds. And this is exactly how Within Temptation should be experienced … Continue reading 328: WITHIN TEMPTATION
I stumbled across Dool in 2017 via their (at the time newly released) debut, ‘Here Now, There Then’, and it was like nothing I’d heard before. It was a refreshingly progressive mix of goth rock and doom, with a gloomy, passionate atmosphere. I spent that winter utterly enamoured with that album and that band. It … Continue reading 322: DOOL
Combining elements of melodic death and black metal, and presenting in grand, progressive compositions, Shylmagoghnar are an exciting and fascinating band. In only two albums, they have created a complex and thrilling sound. Harsh vocals, big riffs, beautiful keys, and an amazing atmosphere are all used to brilliant effect. The songs are multi-passages opuses, yet … Continue reading 243: SHYLMAGOGHNAR
With Carach Angren, every new album is an experience like no other, as the listener is front row for an enthralling, dramatic symphonic black metal opera. Tales of horror and gothic terrors are presented as incredible musical compositions, and there really is nothing else like it.