Review: Son Ov Leviathan – Vi Veri Vniversum Visus Vici

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Label: Self-released

Symphonic black metal has been seeing a quiet renaissance, with Cradle of Filth re-establishing themselves as a dominating force in black metal once again, and Emperor’s live appearances helping remind everyone why their mixture of symphonic and progressive black metal became so revered. Meanwhile, in the underground, bands such as Necronautical and Ethereal have released records that have made people sit up and take notice. US one-man act Son ov Leviathan are a new entry on to the scene, with Vi Veri Vniversum Visus Vici demonstrating a more ferocious take on the genre than might typically be expected, with devastating results.

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Five of the Best: Anti-fascist black metal bands

When people think of black metal and politics, odds are they think of bands who are on the far-right of the spectrum. It’s no surprise. Fascist imagery abounds in black metal, to the extent that it’s considered utterly normal by some, and there’s a long history of some of the big names of the genre espousing authoritarian, prejudiced views; and this is to say nothing of the whole NSBM sub-genre. But recent years have seen more and more bands making explicitly anti-fascist black metal. There’s always been those who have had views we would now recognise as anti-fascist – most notably Summoning – but that’s not always come across in their music. So, here are five bands playing various styles of black metal, where you won’t need to follow up on interviews to know their anti-fascist leanings.

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Album of the Day: Druid – Cill Dara

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Label: Self-released

The most surprising thing about Cill Dara, the debut album from black metal band Druid, is that it’s not some lost treasure from the late-90’s. Instead, this album of raw, atmospheric inspired metal was released last year, but such is its sound and feel, it captures that particular magic that early atmospheric black metal tapped in to. This is an album that feels bigger, in every sense, than its actual run-time, and will transport you away from the modern world, to the depths of isolated autumnal woods.

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Review: Xenosis – Devour and Birth

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Label: Self-released

How the hell is Devour and Birth not being picked up by a label? The third album from tech-death act Xenosis is incredible. It sees the band take the forward-thinking nature of the best technical and progressive death metal, and pair it up with the hard-hitting nature that defined the wider death metal genre in the first place. Restless, aggressive, and with the song-writing skills to match their technical proficiency, Xenosis have recorded an astounding album, and that it’s being self-released is nothing short of shocking.

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2017 Favourites – Part II

Following on from the first ten of my A-Z 2017 favourites, here is the second part. As the title says, this is my favourites – not necessarily the best records of the year, but the ones I enjoy or connected with the most. Feel free to tell me what I missed, why I’m wrong, or whatever else. There’s only so many hours in the day, and not all of them can be spent listening to records, sadly.

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Old Thunder – You Will Be Hated

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Label: Self-released

Drawing inspiration from early Christian martyrs, You Will Be Hated from Kentucky one-man band Old Thunder is a crushingly heavy combination of crusty sludge and doom. The project’s debut album follows a series of EPs and splits – including with Twilight Fauna – and is clearly a labour of love, using its historical inspirations to produce something that feels deeply personal. And yet it’s also a record with an accessible edge, with the riffs being so strong and infectious that it’s very easy to immerse yourself within the album, ensuring that, even if the lyrical themes don’t connect with you, the music certainly will.

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