One of the most prominent black metal bands in Belgium, with a lineup that has changed and evolved considerably over almost thirty years, Enthroned are a consistent presence in extreme metal. While the band formed in 1993, by 2006 there were no original members remaining, yet Enthroned has persisted. They’ve not only persisted, they’ve thrived. … Continue reading 188: ENTHRONED
Oathbreaker, who are part of Amenra’s Church of Ra collective, could best be described as perhaps a mix of post hardcore and post metal, with a blackened twist. It’s chaotic and furious one moment, yet gentle and beckoning the next. Caro Tanghe’s vocals are incredible. Capable of near-black metal shrieking, haunting cleans, and everything in … Continue reading 170: OATHBREAKER
Splendidula are a Belgian metal band who lean heavily on doomy, sludgy riffs and a lurching heaviness. Their monstrous sound is elevated by the vocals of Kristien Cools. Her voice ranges from almost alt-metal-sounding sinister cleans to avant-garde wailing. Guitarist Pieter Houben’s vocals stun, with explosive roars that match the ferocity of the quicksand-thick riffs, … Continue reading 157: SPLENDIDULA
With a career lasting nearly 30 years and counting, Aborted’s brutal combination of death metal and grindcore has made them an unrivalled force in extreme metal. Across ten albums and a half dozen EPs, Aborted have mastered their iconic sound, combining relentlessly chunky riffs, lightning fast blast beats, and utterly inhuman vocals. Sven de Caluwé’s … Continue reading 156: ABORTED
The first thing to establish about the music of Amenra is the atmosphere it creates. It’s like no other band I can think of. Suffocating, harrowing, and, yes, a sense of crushing desperation.
This is not for everyone, and it never tries to be. You would rarely recommend someone music that is ‘outside their wheelhouse’, and Neptunian Maximalism is outside everyone’s wheelhouse. But, if you are willing to take this ride, it is such a bizarrely enjoyable experience.