I think the thing that surprised me most about Svartkonst after hearing (and loving) their sophomore release, โ€˜Black Wavesโ€™, and reading up on my new discovery was the fact it was all one guy. One-man black metal projects are nothing new, of course, and there are many, many incredibly talented people out there responsible for … Continue reading 326: SVARTKONST


The combination of death metal heaviness and hardcore aggression Employed to Serve create makes for some of the intense music in their particular scene. It also means they tend to appeal to multiple demographics, from metalcore kids looking for something with extra bite, to an older death metal crowd looking for something new and fresh. … Continue reading 325: EMPLOYED TO SERVE


Svdestada are a very new discovery for me. As in, stumble across their second album (released February of this year) while mindlessly floating around Spotify and immediately being so smitten with it you order the vinyl off Bandcamp. That sort of new discovery. Having only formed in 2017 in Madrid, Svdestada are quite a young … Continue reading 295: SVDESTADA

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