Mar 032019


Man, this was tough, trying to decide what to write about in this Sunday’s SOB. I mean, it’s always tough, but harder than usual this week. Maybe it was because I didn’t have time to prepare a round-up of new songs last week, which might have shaved a few black metal entries off my lists. Yesterday I narrowed it down to 18 choices (you see what I mean?).

Clearly, I needed to make this a two-parter, but still had to make hard choices. For example, I decided not to include the new album by Popiół (here), or the new Aoratos song (here), because I’ve written about both bands in other posts recently, and although I’ve been very impressed with the new releases by Aara (here), Ancient Flame (here), and Herzegovinian (here), I haven’t spent enough time with them to write even half-assed introductions.

I’m still wrestling with some other decisions I’ll need to make in order to keep Part 2 from becoming bloated. Whether I succeed or fail, you’ll see Part 2 at NCS first thing on Monday.


The following video begins with a rape, followed later by the victim’s delivery of the horrid fruits of her violation. Much other nastiness ensues, all of it filmed and edited with skilled hands (by Grupa 13 Production). It has the look and feel of a mythic saga, but I haven’t recognized which saga it might be, nor have I found any info about the origins of the story in press materials we’ve received. Whatever is going on here, the visuals are riveting (and NSFW). So is the music. Continue reading »

Jun 182018


The California lone wolf behind the black metal project Akasha doesn’t like most people and despises being around others. In what must have been a feverish three days and nights, he wrote and recorded Akasha‘s debut album, Consuming the Soul, and mixed and mastered it himself. His intention, and what fueled the project, was (as he explained in a recent interview) “to exact revenge on those who have crossed me and to take full advantage of the weaknesses they have shown me”.

And so the choice of Akasha as a name, invoking the ancient Egyptian queen who ate the dead with vampyric intent, is less an affinity for blood-sucking ghouls or an attempt to link arms with the lineage of Les Légions Noires and more an expression of “mental and spiritual vampyrism” — “feeding off of my enemies in order to empower myself and ruin them”. Continue reading »