Blog Archives

Tales from Bandcamp: Aura by Saor


a1739750011_10Rolling hills, mystical lakes, breathtaking valleys, etc.  All those wonderful things you think of when you think of the Hinterlands of Scotland are magnificently personified through the music of one man band Saor.  Heavy on the awe and wonder of nature this atmospheric blend of folk and black metal simply awes.  The folksy layers build a shamanistic sense of wonder while the flurries of the black metal make you feel as if you are a fallen leaf being carried along gusts of wind down and out of the majestic Scottish landscapes.

To say Saor’s recently released album Aura is anything less than a masterpiece would be a gross understatement.  With production that sounds both sharp yet maintains that warm tone I look for in my ‘nature metal’ and songs that are as engaging as they are epic this is one record that you can not miss this year.  If bands like Moonsorrow, Panopticon, Vintersorg, or Wolves in the Throne Room do wonders to your ear drums, I implore you to click the play button of the Bandcamp stream below.  And, as always if you like what you hear, which I’m sure you will, click that buy button.  Let us know how much you loved the album in the comments!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

For more Saor give ‘em a ‘like’ on Facebook, check out the equally awesome debut record Roots on Bandcamp, and get tons of other info on the official site.

Roundtable Review: Adaptation by Noctooa


a0233950795_10Label: Pesanta Urfolk

Release Date: 15 May 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 51 minutes

Genre: Dark Neoclassical Folk

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

Location: USA Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: Emanations by Serpentine Path


a0252471896_10Label: Relapse Records

Release Date: 27 May 2014

Songs: 7

Length: 45 minutes

Genre: Doom/Death Metal

Studio Albums: Serpentine Path (EP), 2012

Location: USA

Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: The Beast of Left and Right by Lazer/Wulf


PromoImageLabel: Retro Futurist Records

Release Date: 15 July 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 50 minutes

Genre: Experimental Prog Metal

Studio Albums: There was a hole here. It’s gone now (EP), 2012; The Void That Isn’t (2009)

Location: USA Read the rest of this entry

Retro Roundtable Review: Adrenaline by Deftones


Adrenaline-Cover-300x300Label: Maverick

Release Date: October 1995

Songs: 11

Length: 48 minutes

Genre: Nu Metal

Studio Albums: This was their first of seven studio albums

Location: USA Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Hail Death by Black Anvil


GD30OB2-N.cdrIf there’s one thing I’ve noticed about the majority of bands hailing from New York, it’s that they have a penchant for being uncompromising, direct, to the point, and pull absolutely no punches.  It must come from the non-stop pedal to the metal lifestyle of its denizens as the hustle and bustle throughout one of the worlds most bat shit crazy cities.  Just look at the city’s storied hard-core scene and you’ll soon realize that none of those band take no shit from anyone.  New Yorkers also know how to party, and that also shines through in the East Coasts style of thrash.  Now, when we take the uncompromising side of NYC and mix it with its happy-go-lucky party side and jack it up on a base of black metal, you get a nice unique mix resulting in a little gem of a band called Black Anvil.

Read the rest of this entry