Album of the Day: Wode – Servants of the Countercosmos

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Label: Avantgarde Music

The self-titled debut album from Wode was good, if maybe a little too in thrall of its influences. The follow-up, 2017’s Servants of the Countercosmos, was an improvement in practically every way possible. The sense of grandeur is still there, but a sense of celestial violence and other-worldly disdain was much more to the fore, as if channeling the spirits of Dissection, Deathspell Omega, and English heritage black metal in to some demonic form. It also contains the catchiest song the band have written to date, a greater sense of variety, and the kind of charisma that could see the band go far.

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2016 Favourites – Part II

Following on from Part I, which can be read here, here is the second installment of my favourite releases from this year; still in alphabetical order, and still full of awesome, wonderfully diverse music. The top five will follow soon, along with a few other reflections on the past year. But in the meantime, enjoy!

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2016 Favourites (so far)

There’s a lot of music out there; too much to adequately cover, and it’s easy for worthwhile records to get lost in the sea of noise that exists on the internet. That’s why I’ve decided to present a list of some of my favourite records of 2016 so far. As with all my lists, they may not necessarily be the ‘best’, but they’re my favourites, and that’s close enough. There might be the odd one that got released at the very end of 2015, but whatever. It’s the thought that counts.

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Wode – Wode (self-titled)

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Label: Broken Limbs Recordings / Sell Your Soul Records / COF Records

It’s been five years since Mancunian black metal band Wode released their demo tape, and the time since then has evidently not been wasted. There’s been a growing underground buzz leading up to the release of their self-titled album, and rightfully so. Both punishing and majestic by turns, Wode is just shy of fifty minutes of soul-searing black metal, the kind that demands an immediate, physical response whilst also leaving an impression in more abstract ways. Pulling together a host of influences to create something with a distinct identity and purpose, Wode is further evidence of the fine health of black metal from the north of England (alongside the likes of Ninkharsag, Wodensthrone, and Winterfylleth, plus too many more to mention), and is surely set to be one of the highlights of 2016.

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