My list of upcoming new releases is a bit barren until mid August, and I’m fucking ok with that. After last week, and the rest of this year, I could use some time to reflect on some of the stellar releases we’ve already been gifted with, take some time to listen to some older stuff, fill out some collections, and of course, listen to new recommendations, which as far as new music, this week was almost entirely recommendations. Finnish recommendations to be exact. And they fucking rule. This week may not be for the weary traveler as these bands are probably more for the black metal initiated but hey, you never know what band it’s going to be to bring you to the dark side, become your new favorite band, or simply blow your fucking mind. So if you’re feeling adventurous, and hell, why shouldn’t you, give some of these a try this week.

NEW STUFF: (Click the fucking titles)

Korgonthurus – Vuohen siunaus
I read the words “big, gross Finnish black metal” in a review and knew this was something I needed to hear, and it’s exactly that. Filthy, furious, black fucking metal in a way only the Finnish can do. Fucking killer.

Celestial Grave – Burial Ground Trance
More nasty, raw, filthy Finnish black metal with some killer fucking melody. Promising demo from this new band.

Oath – Mustan Liekin Vejeskunta
Fiercely intense, melodic, raw, Finnish black metal. Are you picking up on a theme here yet?

Musta Messias – Musta Messias EP
Hellish, rough, intoxicating Finnish black metal.

A.M.S.G. – Hostis Universi Generis
Some interesting, twisty-turny type of eclectic black metal from Canada. Like I said, it throws you for a loop sometimes but for the most part it’s good, solid, straight ahead, dark and grimy black metal. Fucking rad.


Old Graves – Long Shadows
Battle Dagorath – Eternal Throne
Witherscape – The Northern Sanctuary
Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution
Alcest – Souvenirs d’un autre monde
Sojourner – Empire of Ash
Anael – On Wings of Mercury
Ragehammer – The Hammer Doctrine
Perished – Kark
Cancerslug – Sassy for Satan
Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Void Omnia – Dying Light
Satanic Warmaster – Fimbulwinter
Blood Incantation – Starspawn
Dawn – Nær Solen Gar Nifler For Evogher
Solitude Aeturnus – Through the Darkest Hour

Until next time, make mine metal.