SOMA – Bolzer

somaI couldn’t stand the vocalist! The music was genius though. Especially the opening track Steppes. Released on a prominent Irish black metal label Invictus Productions. The artwork is just as mesmerizing and hazy as the music. I will have to listen to more of this band from Switzerland as they continue to put out more music.


Shroud Of The Heretic – Unorthodox Equilibrium


An excellent track is the title track Unorthodox Equilibrium. Misspelled on the cover art. Interesting sketch art. If your going to give this album a shot, the first track is the only track that had me and it went downhill from there.


If there was one video in the black metal that I would recommend to you it would be Haavad Uulitsal by Loits. Its simply unique, dark and haunting. Its a great song and video together. Loits have some other great black metal songs too like Vanade Leegionaride Laul. They have a music video out full of great black metal tracks and videos. Their latest effort was out in 2012 but they have been around for two decades spewing out releases with EPs and three full lengths. It seems like you can get their CDs and Vinyls directly through Flank N Roll Records which seems to be the band owned label. The band hails from Estonia.

Sektemtum – Aut Caesar Aut Nihil

I was pulled in upon hearing their opening track for this album. High speed black metal assault with the opening title track but that luster soon faded with every minute that inched forward. During the initial draw-in I went on youtube to hear more of them and discovered they had a music video for that very track. With over 125,000 clicks garnered in just 2 years the band clearly has a following. Based out of France and on an established French label Osmose Productions they have to date only released one album as 2015 dawns closer with each second passing. Their music video consists of three girls walking around doing strange things like peeing while standing up. In case your wondering why I did not review the music video more thoroughly – its because it failed to keep my attention attuned even with the chicks present.

Mute Ocean – Overcoming The Void


This CD took me by surprise. Due to time constraints I haven’t dedicated as much time to music listening. This one stole the limelight as being a random great find especially considering the band just released this in 2014 through Hypnotic Dirge Records (Canadian label).

Some notable favourite tracks include Escape The Earth, Wanderer, Colossus, and Overcoming the Void.

They remind me specifically of Slagmaur without the instrumentation since this band is pure black metal. They still seem to amaze with their raw energy with the music being very transcendental creating atmosphere.

The band hails from St.Petersburg, Russia and now they are surely on my watch list for future albums.

Harvist – Lighning Storm In The Veins


Harvist, a black metal band from the USA which saw two releases on Dark Horizon Records was unique in their approach to black metal with slow depressive moments like in the track Trolls Bane. They had a great opening track “Daybreak on Dayview” and a very catchy “Harvesters Hymn”. Enough to score the album into my pile of worthy listening even though there seemed to always have been something missing from their overall sound. Regardless the band is now defunct having spanned a decade in existence and leaving behind a trail of easy to find and very inexpensive cd albums behind.

Theraphosa – Hung Like Mussolini

hungI was going through some random music channels and I heard the Azan (holy prayer) start to play. I immediately thought some form of wrong channel was probably playing the malware or spyware that triggered the Islamic music on my computer seeing as how I was searching for middle eastern music infused with metal.

Instead it was a mistake – the song soon became metal infused with the holy prayer. Indeed the song was an “Adzhan”, an intro by the band Theraphosa for their demo release. I tried to search them out for some information but very little information was found on them. They don’t seem to be black metal but the track certainly got my attention for their novelty and intrigue.

So I have nothing more to say about them due to a lack of information having been found on this band who is from the United States. Other than the introductory track I would recommend “Neda” from their album Hung Like Mussolini.