Category Archives: black metal

Traun – “The Lilac Moon,” “The Black Metal Princess” and “Escape from Spa Nine”

For all intents and purposes, the trilogy of releases from Traun called “The Lilac Moon,” “The Black Metal Princess” and “Escape from Spa Nine” make up three parts of a full album. Each of them are roughly 20 minutes long … Continue reading

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Ihsahn – “Ámr”

In my opinion, Ihsahn is a musical genius. I don’t use that term lightly either. The list of people that I classify as a musical genius is short. It’s much shorter when I limit it to living legends. Every album … Continue reading

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Cloak – “To Venomous Depths”

For me, Atlanta’s Cloak fit the progressive death metal tag. Now, I do realize that many people will suggest otherwise and honestly, I can understand that argument. But their debut album “To Venomous Depths” is packed with great riffs and … Continue reading

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Hallatar – “No Stars Upon The Bridge”

On paper, this album seemed like a perfect situation for me. Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen is one of my favorite vocalists ever. Also, Swallow the Sun guitarist Juha Raivio wrote all the music and he can write some really epic … Continue reading

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Enslaved – “E”

Every album by Enslaved is highly anticipated by me. “E” was even more than usual however. The big lineup switch was a major cause of this. Keyboardist and clean vocalist Herbrand Larsen left the band toward the end of last … Continue reading

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