• Born from the ashes of DODECAHEDRON (and formerly EXIVIOUS), AUTARKH is a perpetual motion machine. Their 2021 debut, ‘Form In Motion’, already sounded like a message from the future, but sophomore album ‘Emergent’ truly embodies what it’s like to live in the digital age.
‘Emergent’ synthesizes modern metal intensity with sinister industrial drones and ethereal, chiming post-rock – all within one song.
Few bands have made something as innovative as this.
  • ON THORNS I LAY are Greek titans. Where their peers in Rotting Christ, Septicflesh and Nightfall were swayed more by symphonic and black metal, the Athenian band went for a taste of the gothic on their 1994 debut. Which makes sense: after all, they are named after a Shakespeare sonnet. Thirty years and ten albums later, ON THORNS I LAY are releasing a self-titled album that pushes death-doom to epic heights, casting a newborn Gothic glow over muscular riffs and cavernous vocals hearkening back to the halcyon days of early ‘90s death-doom.
  • TEMIC are just one album in, but to reach this point, this supergroup had to navigate quite the career maze. These guys have played with Devin Townsend, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, Neal Morse, Shining, and Maraton. But it wasn’t until the world shut down in 2020, that keyboardist Diego Tejedia and guitarist Eric Gillette got around to starting a band together.
Their idea wasn’t exactly simple: orchestrate their love for high-energy electronica and killer melodies into a modern prog-metal band. But by recruiting vocalist Fredrik Bergersen Klemp and Simen Sandnes on drums, TEMIC managed to pull that concept off.
‘Terror Management Theory’ is layered with twists and turns. “Count Your Losses” crushes out tech riffs by the ton, while “Falling Away” drifts down a blackhole of starry-eyed synths. At the end of this labyrinthine album lies “Mothalah”, a 7-minute epic that never stops reaching for the sky, led by heroic falsetto.
  • Notorious black metal apostates PROFANATICA emerge from their den of iniquity with the new full-length 'Crux Simplex'. Their latest salvo of sin and sacrilege, this ten-track offensive is a nasty affront that bastardizes the first 10 stations of the cross. Led by infamous master of black perversion Paul Ledney, the band deal in bestial, first-wave black metal barbarity, and 'Crux Simplex' unveils ungodly levels of bile and blasphemy.
  • Numen is ALKALOID’s third album and it’s got some of the band’s most intricate, thought-provoking and batshit insane ideas yet. The album is narrated from the god-like perspective of an ancient alien, who can reshape the entire galaxy with its demonic grunts.
ALKALOID are still bonded together by their love of death metal. After all, this is a supergroup assembled by founding members of OBSCURA, DARK FORTRESS and SPAWN OF POSESSION, but ‘Numen’ finds the Bavarian band playing around with all kinds of genre experiments with, for example, “The Cambrian Explosion” flips tech-death on its horned head with seductive flurries of jazz and flamenco.
ALKALOID are metal’s mad scientists. With ‘Numen’, they’ve concocted another wildly explosive batch of progressive death metal.
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