Haustið - Howling, The Sol Above, Nothing Below
Despite the fact that there is nothing too exciting or original about their music, these two tracks are executed with a formidable level of seriousness and diligent competence, revealing a band that definitely has a primordial degree of potential inherent to their sound dynamics and structure. This EP definitely might not surprise you, but presents to the audience an intelligent, afflictive, gracefully executed, dense and lancinating black metal, that ostensibly aggregates an efficient, brutal and pungent degree of cohesion into the genre.
Xkars - The Fog
Nevertheless, the project from the beginning goes towards a more ambient and introspective direction, delivering atmospheric elements that would situate its style in a more DSBM ground. With virulent mordacity and a highly horizontal obscurity, The Fog – despite its rude and objective simplicity – can be qualified as a competent work, that knows how to capture a diluted scale of sounds, and deliver to the audience as a macabre and dense atmosphere of affliction. There is nothing here that would be too surprising or relevant, but Xkars does a somber and sinister work, that definitely makes The Fog worthwhile of your time.
Escapist - The Nihilistic Doctrine: Chapter I
Is - Escapism
With defined boundaries that paradoxically expands its potentialities and sonorous proclivities, Escapism departs from a consistency that is engraved by the orthodoxy of its pungent structure, though the artists’ style is strong enough to compensate for the major limitations of the genre. With an aggrandizing creativity that works from within its primordial musical anatomy, Is unquestionably delivers on Escapism – despite its conciseness – conventional black metal of the highest quality.
Hierarch - Alter Ego
Norrhem - Among The Ruins
Tristitia Nigrum - Obsidian Blut Essence