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EP: Drudkh/Winterfylleth – Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates

January 18th, 2014

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Drudkh/Winterfylleth
Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates
Season of Mist
21 January 2014

by Tom Gibbons

The Ukraine’s black metal underground is so underground that one of its leading bands, Drudkh, has a “no photos, no interviews, no website, no gigs” policy, and then streams their latest EP on Bandcamp. Awesome right? But it goes deeper – this EP isn’t just Drudkh covering lesser-known bands from the Ukranian scene (Hefeystos, Unclean, Sacrilegium) but also inviting the very English folk/black metallers Winterfylleth to contribute a cover of Hateforest’s ‘The Gates’ to conclude this four song split EP.

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Album: Lightning Swords Of Death – Baphometic Chaosium

January 30th, 2013

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Lightning Swords Of Death
Baphometic Chaosium
Metal Blade
21 January 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s been a rough couple of years for black metal albums. A few major bands have fluffed their lines, a few others have been away from the studio, and the relentless mediocrity of far too much of the rest has only been briefly punctuated by the genuine class of Altar Of Plagues, God Seed and a couple of others. But hopes are high for 2013, with promising releases on the horizon. Are Lightning Swords Of Death back to kick things off with a bang? Well… no. They’re a symptom of exactly why the last two years have been a bit poo.

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Sunday Slaylist: The New Black (Metal)

March 4th, 2012

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All this week, Tom Dare has been guiding you through how Black Metal has evolved over the course of the last two decades (check out parts one, two, three and four if you haven’t already). Now, as the week draws to a close, we’ve asked Tom to put together the songs that have made it happen into a Spotify Slaylist, and in doing to to lovingly cobble them together in an order that somehow tries to make sense of the wildly differing styles that constitute the genre these days. Wish him luck….

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20 Years Of Black Metal Evolution – Part #2

February 28th, 2012

In this second part of his four-part feature into Black Metal’s sonic evolution over the last two decades, Tom Dare is setting his sights on two aspects of the genre’s evolution that almost seem to run counter to the musical tenets of its early years. Today he’s looking at how Black Metal has come to embrace both its proggier and more ambient sides….

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