Author: Pat gordon

Review: Arkheth – 12 Winter Moons Comes The Witches Brew

Arkheth is a one-man band from Australia. I’ve never really heard much about this band, and I’m usually pretty up-to-date with Australian black metal bands, but I was genuinely impressed when listening to Arkheth’s third release ’12 Winter Moons Comes The Witches Brew’. Judging by the rest of his discography, Arkheth has really stepped out of the usual black metal sound and into something the same, yet completely different. ’12 Winter Moons’ has all the familiar trademarks of black metal, but with avant-garde/progressive tinges to spice things up. It makes for a very interesting record. The album starts off with...

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Review: Shining – X – Varg Utan Flock

Shining is perhaps one of the most outrageous black metal bands out there. Mostly due to the Shining front-man Niklas Kvaforth’s out-there persona and his notion that everyone should kill themselves. Needless to say, Niklas is a figure that truly stands out among the crowd of endless corpse-paint worshippers, not only for his bizarre on-stage antics (mainly involving self-harm) but also because of his charisma despite coming of as a complete lunatic. Nevertheless, Niklas has shown his genius through Shining, with such depressive black metal masterpieces like Halmstad and Född förlorare. Varg Utan Flock is not quite up to...

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