The creative force that is Auri features Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela and Nightwish’s keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley. Although they formed in 2011, it wasn’t until 2018 that they unveiled their debut self-titled album, which showcased their ethereal sound. Now with their sophomore release, ‘Auri: II – Those We Don’t Speak Of’, they are back to enamour us once more with their unique and wondrous music.
REVIEW: Pulchra Morte – ‘Ex Rosa Ceremonia’ by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy
Death doom metallers Pulchra Morte is comprised of Adam Clemans (Skeletonwitch, Wolvhammer), John Porada (Wolvhammer, Abigail Williams), Jarrett Pritchard (Eulogy, Brutality), Clayton Gore (Eulogy, Harkonin), and Jeffrey Breden (Leagues Below) who formed in 2017 with the intention of bringing back the atmosphere and feeling to extreme music. Their new second full-length album ‘Ex Rosa Ceremonia’ truly embraces this sentiment.
REVIEW: Dragged Under – ‘The World Is In Your Way’ (deluxe edition)by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy
Seattle hard punk rockers Dragged Under have created a powerful sound which combines thrashed-up punk, hardcore, technical metal, and alternative elements and that is what gives them an edge. They have come far in a short space of time having formed in 2019 and have had a busy year despite covid-19 as in between touring with The Used and Dead American they independently released their debut The World Is In Your Way in January this year.
REVIEW: Oceans Of Slumber – ‘Oceans Of Slumber’ by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy
US prog metallers OCEANS OF SLUMBER are unleashing their fourth self-titled album on September 4th 2020 via Century Media Records. The band have undergone quite a transformation with new members that coincided with the new album bringing a new refreshed and redefined sound in what is their most aspiring and sonically charged release yet. Lyrically the album explores some dark and heavy relatable themes such as grief, depression and general angst of people who have been wronged.
REVIEW: Ensiferum – ‘Thalassic’ by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy
Ensiferum are pioneers in melodic folk metal and their new eighth album ‘Thalassic’ which is released July 10th 2020 via Metal Blade Records asserts this yet again. The album’s title translates from ancient Greek as “of or relating to seas” and this theme is strong throughout and the mythology touched upon in the album helps take the bands sound to another level being their most forceful offering yet.
REVIEW: Katatonia – City Burials by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy
Swedish metallers Katatonia have returned from their unexpected hiatus with their highly anticipated eleventh new album ‘City Burials’ which is set for release on 24th April through Peaceville records. They are back with an invigorated and more progressive sound which was certainly worth the wait…