J. Andrew Zalucky

Sing Omenfilth’s Hymns of Diabolical Treachery

July 13, 2018

Behold the almighty “Demogorgon” with Omenfilth, from their latest album seeing a cassette release via Eternal Death records.

Pivot to Punk With The Northern Skulls on “Earth DE”

July 6, 2018

In the mood for some catchy, melodic punk music that still totally tears it up? The Northern Skulls are the ones you seek.

Revel in Skullcrush’s “Spectacle of Suffering”

June 29, 2018

If you like your death metal to sound like Incantation crossed with Bolt Thrower and “Human Waste”-era Suffocation, you need to get excited about Skullcrush.

Svartmálmur: A Saga of Icelandic Black Metal

June 22, 2018

Iceland’s black metal scene has become one of the most prolific and accomplished in the world. The new book, “Svartmálmur,” presents a colorful snapshot of the illustrious Icelandic hordes.

Track Premiere: Drawn and Quartered- “Deliverance to the Worms”

June 8, 2018

Seattle’s Drawn and Quartered unleashes yet another “merciless onslaught” on their new track, from the upcoming album “The One Who Lurks.”

Integrity and Krieg: Spinning a Scorching Circle of Guilt

June 1, 2018

Integrity and Krieg are teaming up this summer to give metallic hardcore and black metal audiences just what they need to invoke all shades of the whispering darkness.

Mining for Black Gold: 6 Great Underground Black Metal Bands

May 25, 2018

There’s a lot of great underground black metal bands out there among the leather-wearing and corpse-painted multitude. This article features music by Riivaus, Nyctophilia, Atra Vetosus, Antimateria, Ühtceare and Nox.

Cosmic Church: Grant Me Your Voice, So I May Sing

May 18, 2018

Cosmic Church’s final encyclical is an endlessly immersive work of atmospheric black metal, delivered in a manner that retains the style’s essential rawness and power.

Legions ov Darkness: The Cumbrian Black Metal Scene

May 11, 2018

A profile of a group of musical entities from northwestern England, specializing in pure, raw black metal, all under the name Legions ov Darkness.

Aornos Opens the Glowing Entrance to Destiny

May 4, 2018

Ever thought of starting a band that took the best of late-90s black metal and gave it a modern sheen? Well, you’re too late, Aornos already did it.

Doom in Your Dreams With Age of Taurus

April 27, 2018

Check out the premiere of the new track from Age of Taurus, “In Dreams We Die,” and revel in their mix of doom metal riffage and heavy metal power!

Haunting: OSDM-Style Demo Back From the Dead

April 20, 2018

Check out “Beyond Death,” from the upcoming reissue of Haunting’s 2014 demo. OSDM done the way it should be: great vocals, great riffs, no nonsense.

Panopticon: A Band Where the Epic Riffs Still Play

April 13, 2018

Austin Lunn has always been bold. On his latest double-album release, Panopticon’s various elements are allowed to truly soar to the heights of their black metal, post-rock, country and folk glory.

Hails From the Thousand Lakes: Vermilia

April 6, 2018

Check out the lyric-video for “Vedestä Vieraantunut,” from Finland’s own Vermilia.

Eïs: Epic, Atmospheric and Ferocious

March 30, 2018

There’s a lot of atmospheric black metal out there these days. But Germany’s Eïs rises above glut by retaining the ferocity of the second-wave sound.

Slave to the Grind Director: “This film was done with the support of a community.”

March 23, 2018

“Slave to the Grind” is a new documentary about grindcore, its history and its place in the wider world of extreme music.

Led Astray in the Forest Dark: Metal and the Familiarity Principle

March 16, 2018

When people tell you they don’t like metal, they might mean they’re not familiar with it. Here’s a way to think about getting people into music that’s new to them.

New Book Brings “United Forces” Zine Back to Life

March 9, 2018

United Forces was a zine that ran from 1986-1991 out of Brazil and covered the early development of extreme metal, a new book compiles all the issues so readers can get the whole picture.

Samhain Tribute Track Premiere: Midnight- “Mother of Mercy”

March 2, 2018

Check out Midnight’s cover of “Mother of Mercy,” from the Samhain tribute album, “We All Want Our Time in Hell.”

Crawl/Leviathan Split: Spilling Tears Into the Forge of Hate

February 23, 2018

Check out the new split with Crawl and Leviathan for two equally horrifying takes on humanity’s nightmares.

Master’s Hammer Lands a Big Sound on “Fascinator”

February 16, 2018

The latest from the influential Czech black metal band creates a mysterious and engrossing atmosphere, but still totally rips.

Pass Away Into Cist’s Frozen Casket

February 9, 2018

Cist has taken the science of scorching vocals, gritty guitars ripping out excellent riffs, and a brutal yet precise rhythm section, and turned it into an art.

Face the North With Alghazanth’s Black Metal Swansong

February 2, 2018

Alghazanth manages an excellent balance between the raw sounds of the Norwegian second wave and just enough production value to give the music the extra boost it needs to fulfill its theatrical destiny.

Primitive Knot: Dreams of Pagan Soil and Urban Decay

January 26, 2018

According to Jim, the mastermind behind the spooky UK act Primitive Knot, “what I like to do is create collisions between different genres and approaches, as this creates confusion, creative tensions and new psychic spaces.”

In Contrast of the Storm: Cleveland’s Pillars Gives a Voice to the Abandoned

January 19, 2018

With their excellent new album, “Abandoned,” Pillärs has made the dark hardcore album to beat in 2018.

Video Premiere: Retortion Terror- “I Wanna Live”

January 12, 2018

Check out the new video from Retortion Terror, “I Wanna Live,” featuring legendary guitarist Takafumi Matsubara.

Knowing Your Limits: Consistency vs. Experimentation

December 22, 2017

Watain’s upcoming album, “Trident Wolf Eclipse,” is a fantastic explosion of straightforward blackened death metal. This return to form is a good chance to think about why some bands do better experimenting, whereas others should stick to what they’re good at.

To Mordor and Back: 5 Great Summoning Songs

December 15, 2017

In anticipation of their latest album, “With Doom We Come,” in 2018, here are 5 great songs to get into Summoning, the masters of Tolkien black metal.

Enter the Blackened Vaults of Leviathan: The First Sublevel of Suicide

December 8, 2017

Hear the beginnings of Leviathan’s black metal classic with “The First Sublevel of Suicide,” containing demo recording of the legendary full-length debut.

Indulge in Väki’s Satisfyingly Dark Black Metal

December 1, 2017

You can rely on Finland to consistently deliver on a few things: pine trees, winning gold medals at the winter Olympics and producing excellent metal.