— A duo creating pagan horror psychedelic black metal and punk thrash with notes of 60's garage guitar and a whisper rasp. Album shipping fees of fucking $20, but I pushed forward.
KARMA VIOLENS (Greece)
Kingdom of the Deserters
— Another duo-charged frenetic death with delicious groove and flourished guitar solos and an infusion of thrash pace.
SPECTRAL WOUND (Montreal)
— My 2018 choice for Best Traditional Black Metal, this is their follow up album. The vocalist stains your brain with his monstrous shrieks that invoke pity. The black metal is raw, leaving you broken. This is pure devastation perfection.
— Gloomy, moody, reflective death metal transitioning into doomy instrumental sections. Menacing and romantic.
— On my pile for a while and was persuaded to take another gander after their burning Roadburn performance. Solid industrial bent in this version of textualized chaos. Electronic effects serve to abrade and soothe.
KËKHT ARÄKH (Ukraine)
— Opposing black metal with a gentle touch is not surprising. These musicians are incredibly thoughtful. This version uses melodic strains behind the raw and stripped sound providing a touching, nostalgic and difficult result.
CREEPING FEAR (Paris)
— Chugging pace and a massive slab of death pummeling with excellent guitar solos.
— Black’n’roll with catchy heavy metal that dives into speed. Raise a flagon.
Boundless Numen Gardens of Ardini
— Armenian traditional instruments that bring that ethnic edge to an emotional, riff-heavy black metal
ASH CODE (Italy)
— Italian cold wave remixing Clan of Xymox and Molchat Doma, big in the scene right now.