The Infernal Sea
(Andy Synn again focuses on the music of bands from his homeland, this time leaning into black metal with reviews of three new albums.)
As the sole British member of the NCS crew (and therefore the only one who can actually write worth a damn… kidding!) it’s my responsibility, and my privilege, to use the platform afforded me here to highlight some of the best and brightest bands who hail from these green and pleasant lands.
Of course, that responsibility is kind of a double-edged sword.
If I’m too critical of a band or album there’s always someone more than happy to attack me for “not supporting the scene”.
But if I’m too positive about someone/something then I’ll inevitably get accused of being biased because I’m a part of the scene.
Hell, it’s actually a blade that cuts three ways when you think about it, because even when I don’t write anything at all about a band’s new record it inevitably leads to people to assume I have something against it/them… it’s a classic lose/lose/lose situation!
Still, as masochistic as it may seem, none of that’s going to stop me from continuing to separate the wheat from the chaff, and today’s column features a bountiful harvest of British Black Metal for your ears only.