Album of the Day recap 27/8/18 – 31/8/18

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The selections for Album of the Day for the past week have been some of my favourites thus far. I want to give particular attention to the self-titled album by No Anti, which is one of the most extreme things I’ve ever heard. Elsewhere, we’ve pummelling hardcore, atmospheric black metal, and all-consuming blackened death. Enjoy!

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Album of the Day – Ash Borer – The Irrepassable Gate

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Label: Profound Lore Records

There’s good reason that Ash Borer are one of the most respected names in underground USBM. Since their first demo in 2010, the band have consistently pushed at the boundaries of what atmospheric black metal can be and achieve, whilst also keeping true to its spirit and sound. 2016’s The Irrespassable Gate is a prime example of this, being a journey of Weakling-esque atmospheric black metal that, like that mighty band, feels completely soul-consuming and transcendent when it hits its stride.

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Album of the Day: Feminazgul – The Age of Men is Over

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Label: Self-released

Everyone break up your bands and go home: Feminazgul is the best band name ever, and no name will ever top this one. Whilst the band name will likely grab your attention, the music of The Age of Men is Over will ensure it is held, with its raw, atmospheric black metal that smothers the listener like a dream of justice and violence. Haunting keyboards combine with buzzsaw guitars, all topped off with vocals that howl like an ancient spirit, newly awoken to enact its vengeance upon the world. It is music of one world ending, and a new one arising from the ashes; and as such, it is quite glorious.

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Album of the Day: Mare Cognitum – Luminferous Aether

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Label: I, Voidhanger Records

It wasn’t so long ago that I was writing about atmospheric black metal taking its inspiration not from imagined forests and mountains, but from the infinite possibilities of space. Whereas the best known band doing so – Darkspace – do so from the idea of space being cold, empty, and unknowably vast, Mare Cognitum‘s take is more akin to an action sci-fi movie. Sure, Luminiferous Aether may be filled with tension and fairly sparse build-ups – as you would expect with atmospheric black metal – but there are also moments filled with dazzling explosions and adrenaline rushes.

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Review: Snøgg – Abeloth

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Label: Self-released

It’s not every day that an album based in part upon Star Wars mythology arrives in the promo inbox. But then, it’s not every day that an album like Abeloth, from Slovenian duo Snøgg is released, either. Experimental in nature, with a boundary-pushing sense of fearlessness, this EP is the work of a band who are not afraid to strike out on their own, forging their own path in the black metal underground. Recorded from improvised sessions featuring violins and field recordings in addition to the expected black metal instrumentation, Abeloth is a record whose tendrils will sink deep in to your psyche, corrupting you in the most wonderful of ways.

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Album of the Day: Darkspace – Dark Space I

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Label: Avantgarde Music 

There’s some albums which you can always turn to, and no matter what your mood or state of mind, you can easily sink in to them, letting them play for hours at a time, with the music losing none of its impact or power as the years go by. The first album by Darkspace is one such record for me, with the atmospherics of Dark Space capturing a the cold, dark emptiness of space in a way that no one else has – at least, musically.

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Album of the Day: Twilight Fauna – Fire of the Spirit

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Label: Ravenwood Recordings / Fragile Branch Recordings

I’ve recently found myself wanting the audio equivalent of returning home after a long week travelling for work; of a sense of familiarity and belonging, after an extended period of isolation and disconnect. Fire of the Spirit has been meeting that need perfectly, with Twilight Fauna‘s brand of black metal and traditional folk producing a warm, all-encompassing atmosphere that is remarkably refreshing for the soul.

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