Tag Archives: Atmospheric metal

Ommatidia – In This Life, Or The Next

When British music journalist Andrew Harrison coined the phrase “landfill indie”, he was brilliantly expressing the glut of identikit guitar based rock bands filling up the airwaves with their often tuneless dirge, reedy vocals and bedwetting lyricism. Continue reading


Ava Inferi – Onyx

Female fronted metal, it’s not my genre to put it politely. I feel it’s more about the good looks of the female singer and not that much about the music. Fortunately, there are always bands that prove to be an exception to the rule. Ava Inferi are one of those bands. Lead by former Mayhem guitarist Rune Eriksen and female singer Carmen Susana Simões the band released several albums, including The Silhouette (2007) and Blood Of Bacchus (2009). Their latest record, entitled Onyx, is the subject of this review. Continue reading

Melechesh – The Epigenesis

My first introduction to Melechesh and their “Sumerian Metal” was during my days as a radio host. The band had just released their Djinn album (2001), which was quite an innovative release in retrospect. At the time I wasn’t really interested in the musical exploits by Ashmedi and Co, so I soon lost interest. A couple of years later they managed to capture my attention again with Emissaries (2006). That album was a rich mixture of black metal, thrash metal and lots Middle Eastern musical flourishes forged together in quite an unique way. Last year the band released The Epigenesis, arguably their most comprehensive and ambitious album to date… Continue reading

Septic Flesh – Communion

Communion marks the return of Greek symphonic death metal band Septic Flesh after a hiatus of several years. After the release of Sumerian Daemons in 2003 their former label went bankrupt and the band disbanded. Some members ended up in other bands like Firewind and Nightfall. Other members started their own projects, like Chaostar for instance. Without further ado, let’s take a closer at their comeback album. Continue reading

Katatonia – Night Is The New Day

There aren’t many bands around who can turn loneliness, misery and utter despair into soothing and genuinely moving music. Anathema and Paradise Lost are masters when it comes to melancholy. Katatonia from Sweden is another prime candidate, as albums like Tonight’s Decision (1999), Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2001), Viva Emptiness (2003) and The Great Cold Distance (2006) will attest to. The creative process for their most recent album, Night Is The New Day wasn’t the easiest one in the history of the band, but it culminated in one of the best albums by the band to date. Continue reading

Devin Townsend – Terria

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past fifteen years, the name Devin Townsend should ring a bell or two. He is the creative mastermind behind the sonic madhouse that is Strapping Young Lad and he has released a string of albums under his own name as well. One of his most remarkable records is Terria, released back in 2001. I can’t believe it is almost ten years after its release. Continue reading

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