Funeral Mist

Enthroned – Cold Black Suns Review

Enthroned – Cold Black Suns Review

“I’ve drifted away from black metal over the years. In hindsight, the signs were there; my listening habits shifted away from the genre, I stopped actively seeking out new black metal, I read black metal reviews more for the writing than the record, and – the final straw – while browsing Bandcamp recently, I came across a record and, upon learning it was black metal, muttered “meh” and moved along without pressing play. Then along came Enthroned, with their follow-up to 2014’s great Sovereigns. Despite my ambivalence towards black metal, my interest was piqued; sometimes a bit of nostalgia and familiarity is needed to rekindle a flame.” Back to the black.

Funeral Mist – Hekatomb [Things You Might Have Missed 2018]

Funeral Mist – Hekatomb [Things You Might Have Missed 2018]

“Back in June, the mighty war machine that is Marduk released their fourteenth full-length album in twice as many years. And, to no one’s surprise, Viktoria received mixed reviews. Those that love the band, loved it. Those that hate the band, hated it. And others forfeited listening to it and, logically, hated it anyway. But what’s interesting about Angry Metal Guy’s Viktoria review was its comments. In them, you wily sonsabitches raved on and on about the newest release from vocalist, Mortuus—incidentally having come out one week before Viktoria. And now, the wait is over. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Funeral Mist‘s Hekatomb.” Mass suicide of the soul.

Full House Brew Crew – Me Against You Review

Full House Brew Crew – Me Against You Review

“I’m gonna level with all you. I own a Godsmack album. OK, fuck… I own two. But it wasn’t my fault. Where (and when) I grew up, the internet was barely a thing and censorship was real. And I don’t mean the Denver/Snider/Zappa type of censoring (though that existed, too). In my religious hometown, music is sold in the next town over, at Walmart. Which meant there weren’t many options. It was a time when possessing censored versions of Korn, Staind, Godsmack, Slipknot, and (fuck me, again) Nickelback records was rebellious.” The Devil’s photograph!

Marduk – Viktoria Review

Marduk – Viktoria Review

“Well, it’s no surprise Viktoria is good. The question is: what type of Marduk ‘good’ is it? For me, there’re three tiers to Mardukism. The first tier includes the nonstop black-metal bludgeoning of Marduk (Panzer Division Marduk), the second is the melodic side of Marduk (Serpent Sermon), and the last is a mix of both (Rom 5:12). Some fans like them all, while others prefer one of the three. And where does Viktoria lie in the Marduk terrace garden, you ask? That would be the tier three.” Kung Fu Panzer.

Ofermod – Sol Nox Review

Ofermod – Sol Nox Review

“Twenty-twelve’s Thaumiel got a hell of a lot of praise from Madam X and Angry Metal Guy. And, though, that was only a four-year wait following their debut, we’ve had to endure another five years for Sol Nox. Tiamtü was a great debut, but Thaumiel topped it. And now the question remains: will Sol Nox top Thaumiel?” It’s Black Metal History Month!

Watain – The Wild Hunt Review

Watain – The Wild Hunt Review

“Alright, so unless you live under a rock, by now you MUST have an inkling that Watain have carved another notch to their bullet belts with their fifth studio release — The Wild Hunt. This attractively adorned album (depicting the spoils of a lengthy musical journey) hit the shelves a few days back with all the usual hype and aggrandizement one would expect of a Watain album, released through their own label His Master’s Noise (under the umbrella of Century Media Records). Following on from their well received opus of 2010 (check out how Angry Metal Guy weighed in on Lawless Darkness here), The Wild Hunt sees Watain beefing up their orthodox brand of black metal, showing the middle finger to the dictators of the world and borrowing from a feast of decidedly odd influences. So what of it, have these gents from Sweden’s Uppsala, who cite the influence of Bathory and Dissection among others, delivered the goods.” Madam X breaks down the new Watain record The Wild Hunt. What does she think? The world may never know!

Teloch Vovin – I Review

Teloch Vovin – I Review

“You know that scene in The Midnight Meat Train, just after the butcher’s death, the one where the conductor introduces Leon to those unholy reptilian creatures that live beneath New York City? Or maybe you’ll better remember it as the scene where Leon’s tongue is ripped straight from his mouth and he’s told, you’re it, you’re the next butcher! When I think of Teloch Vovin, that’s the first place my mind travels to. They’re also from the seedy underbelly of New York.” Madam X seems enthralled with New York’s seedy underworld… could it have been the lure of sacrificial blood that drew her, or was Teloch Vovin‘s sticky, murky black metal the attraction? Maybe it was the smell of garbage and falafel.

Marduk – Iron Dawn Review

Marduk – Iron Dawn Review

Marduk stand as one of the most revered and influential black metal acts on the planet. They were hugely significant to me personally when I was fresh to all things diabolical in metal. Albums such as Heaven Shall Burn as We Are Gathered, Nightwing and especially the faultless Panzer Division Marduk are masterpieces straight from the abyss. I’ve always maintained this band as the uglier brother of fellow countrymen Dark Funeral, never quite as ambitious, but much rawer in their approach.