Nov 292017


(Our ally Gorger from Norway returns to NCS with an even half-dozen underground gems from 2017 that we haven’t previously reviewed. To find more of his recommendations, type “Gorger” in our search bar or visit Gorger’s Metal.)


In an attempt at getting up to speed, I’m presenting no fewer than six releases. Short ones the lot of them. Mostly EPs, but also a split and a single. Last time around, I made the error of including a formerly presented release. To make sure I don’t do the same mistake again, I start off by doing the same mistake deliberately this time. Continue reading »

Dec 212015



I vividly remember the first time, as a child, that I saw Disney’s Fantasia. The whole movie was wondrous, but the segment that made the biggest impact on my barely formed mind was the visual pageant of the earth’s beginnings and the growth of life, from the planet’s formation to the end of the dinosaurs, set to the music of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Those memories came back to me when I first heard the song we’re about to premiere (“Creation of A Planet“) from the new album Pangaea by Ecferus, and not solely because of the music.

As you can see, the album is adorned with brilliant cover art, created by Romanian artist Luciana Nedelea. With striking colors and bold strokes, she captures the sense of a violent, primeval time, with the earth in upheaval. The artwork is a match for the imaginative concept underlying the album as a whole, as described in this statement from I, Voidhanger Records, who will be releasing it on February 6, 2016: Continue reading »