Lurker of Chalice – Lurker of Chalice

Recommendation: 🐺🐺☁ Lurker of Chalice is a project by black metal artist Wrest, who is most known for making music through the depressive/suicidal death metal of Leviathan. The only extant album from Lurker of Chalice was released in 2005, although Wrest has stated that other material has been recorded. In contrast to the high-contrast, high-treble screeching tones of Leviathan albums […]

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Discordance Axis – The Inalienable Dreamless

Recommendation: 🐺🐺🐺 The Inalienable Dreamless rivals Jane Doe by Converge in its ugliness. In only twenty-three minutes, the grindcore trio that is Discordance Axis reveal one of the most technical and progressive albums in the genre – and without a bassist, too. The perceived stillness of The Inalienable Dreamless by the sea on the cover artwork obfuscates the horrifying yet […]

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Weakling – Dead As Dreams

Recommendation: 🐺🐺🐺 Released only seven years after the first Burzum album, Weakling’s Dead as Dreams pioneered a wave of American black metal bands1 that was so distinct from its Scandinavian predecessors that it even earned its own tag: “US Black Metal,” or USBM. For better or for worse – and more often the former, much to the chagrin of Weakling’s […]

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Drudkh – Forgotten Legends

Recommendation: 🐺🐺☁ Low fidelity production in black metal can be an immensely efficacious tool in establishing atmosphere, with the most (in?)famous example being Darkthrone’s Transilvanian Hunger. Sometimes a lo-fi aesthetic is necessitated by financial constraints on behalf of the band, which is at least one of the reasons why Ulver’s Nattens Madrigal – Aatte Hymne til Ulven i Manden has its characteristic buzzsaw […]

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