288: ULVER / part one

When Ulver released their debut, ‘Bergtatt – Et eeventyr i 5 capitler”, in 1995 it was unique within the Norwegian second wave of black metal scene. It incorporated substantial folk elements, featured clean vocals, and eschewed the anti-religious themes that were somewhat of a standard for the scene. Ulver still utilised the raw/lofi production of … Continue reading 288: ULVER / part one


Kathrine Shepard, better known as Sylvaine, is a Norwegian singer/songwriter whose blending of the ethereal and extreme makes for some of the most beautiful music I’ve heard in years. Shepard’s vocals are delicate, and haunting. Beautiful clean melodies float gently above the delicate music, but suddenly everything shifts. Black metal strumming takes hold and that … Continue reading 259: SYLVAINE


Yes, it’s another one-man atmospheric black metal project. Sorry, not sorry. The Ruins of Beverast is the brainchild of German multi-instrumentalist Alexander von Meiland. Through it, he combines atmospheric black metal and doom metal, utilising synths and building a deeply textured atmosphere. Earlier this year, he released ‘The Thule Grimoires’, The Ruins of Beverast’s seventh … Continue reading 175: THE RUINS OF BEVERAST