Category: Black Metal

Ruadh – The Rock Of The Clyde

One-man atmospheric black metal project, Ruadh, return with their sophomore album entitled ‘The Rock of the Clyde’ There will be six tracks of epic, Scottish, atmospheric black metal with folk elements throughout. ‘The Rock of the Clyde’ is an evolution from their debut album ‘Sovereign’. It has a much more melodic feel yet has more visceral elements too. Tom Perrett, hailing from Rutherglen (also known as the red glen) in the central belt of Scotland looks to forge a sound akin to the classics he has always enjoyed such as Bathory, Burzum, Windir and Emperor. Ruadh’s sound will also appeal to fans of newer atmospheric black metal bands such as Saor, Winterfylleth and Panopticon. ‘The Rock of the Clyde’ contains six tracks that are massive in both scope and scale, taking you through the Iron Ages in Scotland. It also explores the history and mythology of the people of Scotland, conveying both sorrow and uplifting, almost heroic tones.

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Unreqvited – Empathica

As every other chapter before it, Empathica transports listeners to an immersive setting drenched with lush guitars and ethereal melodies, contrasted by signature black metal howls to create a seamless blend of serene aggression. It’s a towering composition that instills glory with each vibrating string, uplifting and unfolding with each consecutive listen. You could categorize Empathica in various different ways, including atmospheric black metal and symphonic blackgaze, but each fails to capture the emotion that transpires with every passing minute. – www.heaviestofart.com

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Feral Light – Life Vapor

2020 marks the first release of Feral Light under the Hypnotic Dirge Records roster. The name is not new to the scene, being led by guitarist Andy Schoengrund (ex. Empires, ex. Wolvhammer), who formed Feral Light in 2015 with drummer Andrew Reesen, and shortly thereafter released a demo, an EP, and two full-lengths – 2017’s Void/Sanctity and 2019’s excellent Fear Rides a Shadow. Firmly anchored in Blackened Post-Metal, Life Vapor – their third album -, not only builds up on the foundations of its predecessor, but it also cranks it up on all fronts. It instantly pulls you in with its killer mix of melodic and dissonant riffing, combining and incorporating various styles including elements of post-metal, black n roll, doom, and second-wave black metal. This album is loaded with catchy riffs and memorable hooks exhibiting momentous black n roll sections that transform into triumphant post-metal, somber doom metal, and everywhere in between. Life Vapor is an album that manages to explore a wide berth of what the blackened sub-genres can manifest while remaining rooted by strong and purposeful songwriting and a balanced mix that highlights the instrumentation.

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