Jan 252018
 

 

Yesterday I posted the first Part of this three-part collection of new or recently discovered black metal. If the rest of my life will cooperate, I should be able to post Part Three tomorrow. As previously explained, I arranged all the music in alphabetical order by band name and then divided the list into thirds. And so tomorrow’s music comes from bands whose names follow the letter N — unless I find something else I want to tack on, or forget how to alphabet.

HUMAN SERPENT

My comrade DGR pointed me to For I, the Misanthropist, the third album by the Greek band Human Serpent. I don’t think we’ve written about Human Serpent before, although in preparing to write this post I saw that the band’s last release (just a few months ago) was a 20-minute collaboration with Isolert, who I have tried to expose to our readers on a couple of previous occasions. That’s a release I need to listen to (and you can listen to it here as well). Continue reading »

Sep 252017
 

 

I realize this is the third day in a row when I’ve compiled a round-up of new music. Some of you who don’t check in with us over the weekends are going to find a truckload of new tracks that have appeared since the end of the day Friday. Moderation, however, has never been our thing. I guess you could say we’re extreme in more ways than the music we tend to prefer.

It also gives me ghoulish pleasure to say that we’re not pausing after this: Three track premieres will be following this round-up today. And  there will be another round-up tomorrow (which will be my effort to complete the SHADES OF BLACK collection that I began yesterday but couldn’t finish due to a vicious hangover).

CRYPTIC FOG

To begin, I have a nearly 12-minute song from the debut album of Cryptic Fog, which at the time of this recording was a two-man operation consisting of guitarist/bassist Dave Bennett and drummer/vocalist Dan Klein. The name of the album is Staring Through the Veil, and the Swedish label Blood Harvest will release it on October 27. Continue reading »

Mar 302015
 

 

Kavyk is the name of a new band from Hammond, Louisiana, whose four members come from the ranks of Legions of Hoar Frost, Celestial Mechanics, Withering Light, Suspended Obscurity, and In Medias Res. They’ve recorded a debut demo that will be released later this year, and today we introduce you to Kavyk’s music through our premiere of one of the demo’s songs: “Hymns and Hollow Words”.

Over the last couple of years, song and album premieres have become a weekly staple at our site. Though we only feature them when we truly enjoy the music, the significant majority of them have come our way from record labels (both large and small). In this case, the song arrived directly from the band — and a brand new band at that. But the song immediately grabbed me, like a cat on a somnolent mouse. And like the cat in that metaphor, it quickly shot an adrenaline charge right through me as its teeth clamped down on my neck. It’s quite an awakening experience. Continue reading »