Astron Black & the Thirty Tyrants, blends of thrash and death pounding to the record while also handling production and engineering duties. Keyboards provide an awe-inspiring layer of harmonious texture and accentuation that rushes the music into unexplored territory. Finally, guitars delivers aggressive, precise riffing and melodic lead work, rich with texture and emotion. All of these new additions perfectly complement a full-force vocal delivery and trademark poetry to make Astron Black & the Thirty Tyrants the most ambitious offering in the history of the band.
Dark Sarah is a new music project by Finnish metal band Amberian Dawn's former vocalist Heidi Parviainen. She is a professional classical singer and experienced performer. During the years with Amberian Dawn, she released four studio albums and did several European tours. After parting ways with Amberian Dawn in late 2012, she started to build up her solo career. Dark Sarah became the name of her project, along the first lyrics she wrote on the album. The debut album called "Behind the Black Veil" leads you through the psychological adventure of Sarah, who is hovering between her two personalities. Dark Sarah's music combines metal, film music and theatrical elements…
Italian dark metallers GRAVEWORM will release their new studio album "Ascending Hate" on June 19th (EU) / July 7th (US). For the band it marks the return, three and a half years after "Fragments Of Death". GRAVEWORM are one of the leading extreme metal acts in Europe. In the 18 years of their history so far, the Italian dark metallers have not only achieved to deliver quality music constantly, they have released classics if the genre (just think back to 2003’s „Engraved In Black“). It’s exactly this very special mixture of symphonic black metal elements, gothic and thrash, that makes GRAVEWORM sound so unique. And even in their nineteenth year of history, the band doesn’t fail to surprise: even though GRAVEWORM are known for delivering quality sound - only few would have expected the band to return that energetic, strong and powerful.
Magnificent third album from this underrated Italian band. 'Inferno' is a smart mixture of doom, gothic and black metal styles, that particular hybrid some like to call "dark metal." Tuneful yet sinister stuff, a must-hear for fans of Rotting Christ, Paradise Lost and Moonspell.
Italy's Hortus Animae takes a vastly different direction than many of the Rhapsody clones that come out their homeland. Hortus Animae falls more in line with countrymates Opera IX in creating an ambience of black evil and more importantly, a unique style to themselves.
"A Lifetime Obscurity" has a lovely gothic intro that disintegrates into a black metal pit of misery. "Springtime Deaths" also has more of a gothic vibe throughout the track before take a similar descent.
A first (and probably last) is the merging of Mayhem's "Freezing Moon" with Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells"! Somehow, Hortus Animae makes this sick combo work…just don't ask me how!
Hortus Animae has such a unique style and sound with the black/gothic metal genre that one of the few bands in terms of creativity they can be currently compared to may be Opeth. They create a lush, seductive but most definite deathly cover over the entire CD.
New York Black Metal quartet BLACK ANVIL return with As Was, a staggering, complex, and thought-provoking work of modern black metal art!