• CD in deluxe digipak with 16-page booklet. Drawing lyrical inspiration from esoteric organizations, their beliefs and own practices, Finnish music veteran Jesse Heikkinen and co-lead vocalist Natalie Koskinen (Shape of Despair) weaved ritualistic tales from the darkest corners of themselves to pair with music that is a provocative, alluring kaleidoscope of dark, heavy rock. The result is the mystical ‘Word of Sin’, THE ABBEY’s first full-length. Featuring former Sentenced and The Man-Eating Tree drummer Vesa Ranta, Janne Markus (guitar, also of The Man-Eating Tree) and Henri Arvola (bass), the emerging progressive doom rock band’s debut album is certain to entrance and captivate the listeners with its spell. For fans of
  • Since the genre’s inception, black metal has been ruled by lone wolves. Individuals who blur the lines between “masterminds” and “madmen,” creating in solitude and willful confinement.
From first and second wave purveyors such as Bathory and Burzum to this century’s revivalists like Saor and Panopticon, these anomic souls have made incomparable contributions to the dark arts.
And in 2022, Bizarrekult paves a new yet familiar path, establishing itself as one of the cult visionaries of this decade. Meaning “The Lost War,” ‘Den Tapte Krigen’ thematically picks up the thread from where debut album ‘Vi Overlevde’ left off, while seeing a musical evolution as Bizarrekult continues to find and establish its identity within modern black metal.
  • It’s rare for a band to commandingly return with their best effort to date, and yet that’s what And Oceans achieved in 2020 with ‘Cosmic World Mother’, their first full-length in 18 years. This comeback album was the sound of creative floodgates bursting through into a new body of water - an ocean if you will.
Blistering symphonic black metal, heady themes that dealt with the connection between philosophy and psychics, and the Finns’ trademark adventurous songwriting: everything that ‘Cosmic World Mother’ did well, new opus ‘As In Gardens, So In Tombs’ manages to eclipse and recontextualize. It’s the sound of a band seizing every ounce of momentum and upping the ante in every way.
While And Oceans has never written the same album twice, in many ways ‘As In Gardens, So In Tombs’ sounds like an opportunity for the band to pick up and improve upon what they started. Symphonic black metal is never this fun, free, and fantastic.
  • Party hard and mosh even harder with the reissue of Moshburger, the 2016 feel-good opus from crossover thrashers INSANITY ALERT. Not only does the Austrian party brigade know how to craft the perfect anthem for beer drinkers and bong rippers, but they are also asking the important questions here, like “Why Is David Guetta Still Alive?”
  • In August 2021, Avant Garde collective THY CATAFALQUE took the stage for the very first time during the Fekete Zaj festival in Hungary. Mastermind and humble genius Tamás Kátai rallied 26 eclectic musicians to lend their talents toward performing 15 songs from Thy Catafalque’s expansive discography. This unique and mind-blowing performance was captured on film and will be available to the world via Blu-Ray!
  • The outlaws from down under deliver another pummeling and relentless lesson in aggression with full length number 6(66).
‘Never Surrender’ is a furious assault of black thrash, chainsaw riffs, and warlike drums, offering no moment of reprisal as it rages on for 40 unyielding minutes.
With this offering, Deströyer 666 takes no prisoners
  • Australian visionary Woods of Desolation returns with ‘The Falling Tide’, a bewitching crescendo of atmospheric black metal and post metal elements.
Unlike the act’s Australian contemporaries who are known for their raw, unrefined grit, Woods of Desolation takes a different approach, showcasing the genre’s beauty and elegance with their grand melodic passages and radiant aura.
  • During the turbulent and uncertain years of 2020-2021, perhaps none were plunged deeper into darkness than those from down under.
However, through solitude and desolation, some of the greatest art is created, as is the case with BLACK LAVA, the emerging blackened death metal quartet from Melbourne (AU). 
Founded by drummer Dan Presland (Vipassi, AMDBL, ex-Ne Obliviscaris) and guitarist Ben Boyle (Vipassi, AMDBL, Hadal Maw), BLACK LAVA draws influence from old school death and black metal bands while injecting groove-laden melodies and progressive elements to create their own experimental sound.
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