GRAVE GNOSIS (FL)
— Orthodox Satanic band practice dark spiritual arts in the form of sound, invoking spirits. That’s some dedication dude.
NOVAE MILITIAE (France)
Faithfully Reduced to Ashes
— Look, so this released last year, but just got released in the US by Sentient so we’ll go with that. USA! Another bout of Satanic black metal with a spectrum of pace from pummeling to lethargic to dense atmosphere.
AUTONOESIS (Toronto) (Released 8/2020)
Horrors of Nothing
— Long form thrash mixing death and black with guttural rasps and neck-wrenching spins. Such a great debut last year.
— One person gurgling bloody chaotic swarming offset fighting hammering. Surprising.
Human, for a Minute
— Album name ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ is a color used to weaken. Disjointed punk pop, late 70’s style post-punk, and noise rock with Idles-style vocals.
— Oppressive nature of Minnesota lends to a black metal filled with unease.
From Whence and Ancient Evil Once Reigned
— One woman band mixing pagan, acoustic and medieval flair to a turbulent black metal.
— Emotionally relentless with intense vocals and grief-stricken melodies. Pummeling breaks to guitar breaks to folk instrumentation. Gorgeous.
DEAD NEANDERTHALS (Netherlands)
(part of) Cosmic Slime
— Members of my #1 2020 album Cryptae created another form of immersion: a distorted meditative drone sound wave. Love the touch of horn. You can download the 27 minute song for free from bandcamp (https://deadneanderthals.bandcamp.com/album/cosmic-slime).