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 Iโ€™ve heard in years. Shepardโ€™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


Novarupta is part solo project, part musical collective, and part art piece. As the creation of Alex Stjernfeldt, Novarupta is currently through a tetralogy of albums based on the four elements. โ€˜Disillusioned Fireโ€™ and โ€˜Marine Snowโ€™ represent the first two elements - fire and water, respectively. Musically, Novarupta is a unique and exciting listen. While … Continue reading 230: NOVARUPTA


With dreamy textures, thrilling guitars, and confronting vocals, Illyria are easily one of the most exciting upcoming bands in Australia right now. Their melody-driven blackgaze sound is exciting and often beautiful. A lot of blackgaze bands, when attempting to lean harder into the shoegaze influences, risk losing their edge entirely. Illyria suffer no such issue, … Continue reading 163: ILLYRIA