201: SCHAMMASCH

Formed in Switzerland at the very tail end of the 2000s, Schammasch started out somewhere between black and death metal. Over time, however, their sound has become more genre-defying and avant-garde, featuring influences from post metal, ambient, and even traditional music. The band themselves remain shrouded in mystery, appearing costumed and identifying only as initials. … Continue reading 201: SCHAMMASCH

145: ZEAL & ARDOR

A bit under a decade ago, Manuel Gagneux was presented with a challenge to combine black metal and African-American spirituals - though it was put far less tactfully than that. What came of this unholy union of genres was, and is, a revelation - a richly cohesive, powerful expression that is far more art than … Continue reading 145: ZEAL & ARDOR