Sep 122018


(After a five-month hiatus, we present another edition of Andy Synn’s three-line album reviews.)

For various reasons (which I don’t plan on getting into here) it’s been quite some time since we’ve published a new set of Reviews in Haikus here at NCS.

Today’s edition is a little bit different than usual, however, as it trades-in the traditional format of featuring three albums from three different bands in favour of featuring three albums by one single artist, the prolific Black Metal poet known as Void Ritual, who has quickly (and rightfully) established himself as one of the most vital new voices in the US scene. Continue reading »

Jul 102017


Though laid low by an injury over the past week, I recovered well enough this weekend to do lots of catching up on what I missed. I suppose that’s obvious, given how much music I recommended in the Saturday and Sunday NCS posts, but I’m not finished. Here are recommended songs from seven more bands (I ran out of gas before posting these blackened offerings in their usual place on Sunday).

Some of the music in this post comes from full albums or EPs that have already been released, and with one exception I’ve only sampled a few tracks from each of those so far — but I like what I’ve heard. So, rather than risk not mentioning them at all, I’ve selected one song from each of those full releases to include here. The rest are advance tracks from forthcoming albums.


This Spanish black metal band from Valencia released their first demo in 1997, and on July 1 the French label Egregor Records released the group’s fourth album, Disciples of Venomous Death. The track I selected to begin this collection of music appears third in the running order and its name is “Exsanguination Smell” Continue reading »