With Throane, French musician and Church of Ra member, Dehn Sora, combines sludge, post, and black metal to create a suffocating, smothering sonic monster. One that instils a sense of unease, perhaps even dread, in the listener. In the last five years, Sora has released two full length albums, and a single-track 13 minute EP. … Continue reading 263: THROANE
After 5 years as Godzilla, it was the name change and release of their debut in 2001 that set Gojira on a trajectory towards being one of the biggest metal bands on the planet. Brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier, along with Christian Andreu and Jean-Michel Labadie, have now released seven albums, to increasing critical attention. … Continue reading 258: GOJIRA
In the late noughties, when his previous band came to an end and efforts to put together a mathcore band proved futile, French musician Rémi Gallego began producing his own music. What grew from this was The Algorithm - a true hybrid of EDM and metal, specifically prog and djent influenced metal. While there are … Continue reading 159: THE ALGORITHM
Forgive me if this blog sounds repetitive at times, but I lately find myself completely smitten with one-man black metal projects, and the quality coming out in this field the last couple of years has been phenomenal. With Esoctrilihum, French black metal maestro Asthâghul is both prolific and masterful. In the space of five years … Continue reading 158: ESOCTRILIHUM
A wonderful thing about genres is you can read a combination of genres that you’ve never seen combined and immediately see how that could work, and find yourself excited for the potential of this new sound. For example, industrial black metal. N.K.V.D. (which stands for Narodny Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del, or People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs … Continue reading 140: N.K.V.D.
Synthwave has always seemed to hold some attraction for rock and metal fans, as theirs a definite, if hard to discern, connection there. Carpenter Brut capitalises on that connection and the results are... well, it’s just fucking cool.