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.
Austrian melodic black metal act Harakiri For The Sky have made quite an impact within the atmospheric post-metal scene since their formation a decade ago and gained a dedicated following as a result of this, now they are back with their highly anticipated fifth album and follow up to 2018’s critically acclaimed record ‘Arson’ with ‘Mӕre’. Mӕre is a malicious demon from folklore which creeps in and sleeps on people’s chests during the night, causing breathlessness and anxiety. This state and concept seem more appropriate than ever given the crisis in the world currently and this new release acts as the perfect incensed soundtrack to that chaos.
The newly formed drone/doom metal group LORDS OF THE DRIFT will release their cosmic debut album, The Arecibo Message, on November 20th with Stay Gold Records. Consisting of guitarist Tomo Milicevic (ex-Thirty Seconds To Mars), guitarist Tim Showalter (STRAND OF OAKS), guitarist/keyboardist Arjan Miranda (BLACK MOUNTAIN, S.T.R.E.E.T.S) and bassist David Bason (BARFBAG, WAR ORPHAN), LORDS OF THE DRIFT take listeners on a celestial journey..
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.
ABORTED release the limited three-track EP “La Grande Mascarade” and now reveal another track from this release. Vocalist Svencho states :
“Alright cool cats and kittens! The release of ‘La Grande Mascarade’ is upon us! To celebrate this unholy event we figured we would launch a streaming video of ‘Serpent of Depravity’ for you all. Probably one of the most technical tracks we have ever written and quite the rollercoaster making one wonder all but ‘where is Carol Baskin’s husband, really?’ Well ladies and gentlemen, all we can tell you is just like tiger feces, this song reeks of brutality! If you haven’t gotten a copy of our new EP and want to support you favourite idiots, do so on the link below:
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…