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Album of the Day: Thy Catafalque – Meta

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: After blowing my microbial brain through a nuclear-powered orgasmatron with last year’s full-length Sgùrr, I was slightly surprised Thy Catafalque had any creative juice left in the tank. Not only was Sgùrr one of the best albums I heard last year, it was one of those albums that left me mildly concerned that I may never hear some extreme music the same again.

So here we are less than a year later, with yet another opus that I was not-so-secretly hoping would continue where the last one left off. Thy Catafalque’s Tamás Kátai uses a base ingredient of guitars with a buzzing distortion that sounds more Ukraine (think the final 25 minutes of Voice of Steel) than it does from his native Hungary.


Before there’s any temptation to pigeonhole on any level, though, bear in mind that alongside the folk influences are elements of prog, ambient techno, death metal, trippy blackened doom and anything else he feels like lobbing in. Avant-garde is the obvious description that comes to mind but that undersells the energy that flows through every minute of Kátai’s work.

Meta isn’t as straightforward as Sgùrr’s blast – less singular and direct, perhaps in some respects having more in common with some of his earlier works (handily reissued on last year’s Early Works compilation). Whereas Sgùrr could be listened as one track from the outset, this is more of a journey, a canvas that slowly weaves itself together and takes time and thought to see the whole.

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Album of the Day: Asatta – Spiraling Into Oblivion

Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Dooming since 2011, Asatta have finally got round to releasing their debut full release, Spiraling Into Oblivion, and for a scene which is in danger of folding into itself with so many sound-a-like bands, they may just introduce a new found invigoration. By learning […]

Album of the Day: In The Woods – Pure

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Metal Pure marks the first album by Norwegian dark, avant-garde band In The Woods since 1999 effort Strange In Stereo. The last album was only the band’s third full-length, but each album received much critical acclaim and retained the In The Woods style of melody and […]

Album of the Day: Casual Nun – Super Fancy Skeleton

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Crawling out of the miasmic noise of the London underground (and not as in the iconic yet ramshackle transport link), Casual Nun are equal parts noise rock, psychedelic stew and acid-fried krautrock. An intriguing mix that coalesces into an invigorating whole, they fit well […]

Album of the Day: Hypnopazūzu – Create Christ, Sailor Boy

Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: “The group’s name Hypnopazūzu brought together 3 beings, and 2 languages, that move me and delight me and trouble me. Hypnagogia. Hypnos. Pazūzu. The Coptic language. The Akkadian language,” he explains. “Youth kindly allowed me to choose the name, on the basis that we called […]

Album of the Day: Zeal and Ardor – Devil Is Fine

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Nine Circles: By now, chances are you’ve heard of New York’s Zeal and Ardor and if you’re anything like me you absolutely cannot get enough of second full length Devil Is Fine. It’s an amalgamation of so many different types of music — black metal, spirituals, hip […]

Album of the Day: Fange – Purge

Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Man, this is dark. Like buried-alive dark. Dark like you’re trapped in a box, with not even a sliver of light to provide respite. Guttural, tortured screams, blood-curdling, atonal guitars, a downtuned, feedback-drenched, gory cacophony… just the thing for a lazy summer afternoon. Put […]

Album of the Day: SubRosa – For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: SubRosa’s last release More Constant Than The Gods justifiably garnered itself a ton of attention in the metal universe and found its way onto many album of year lists for 2013. (Including mine!) So the scrutiny on their new release, For This We Fought […]

Album of the Day: Blues Funeral – The Search

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: A fervent undercurrent of metal runs beneath the progressive atmospheres of The Search. It extends even to the liner notes of the CD, which not only contain the full lyrics, typed out clear with credits, but notes included for which of the two guitarists — Maurice […]

Album of the Day: Svvamp – Svvamp

Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes and Dust: With their self-titled debut album, Svvamp have produced a sound that could slide straight in with the classic rock acts of the mid-70s. This is a vintage sound that still sounds good, and for those that enjoy that era of rock music it is […]