Matt Daniels

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I’m Matt, a freelance writer from South of England and big metal-head. Book in the works. I dabble in a Dark Ambient music project Rage Ov One, check it out on my Soundcloud if you wish. Hope you enjoy my reviews!

Articles by Matt Daniels

Red Rot – Mal de Vivre

A cracking album full of mini belters, gargantuan riffs and a heap of future potential.

Burden Limbs – It Can Never Be Satisfied

It Can Never Be Satisfied is a thoroughly engrossing, if a little uncomfortable for some, debut album that displays exactly the talents that this band has, and believe me, you will be satisfied.

Anticreation – From The Dust Of Embers

This is slamming, blackened, avant-garde death metal and utter chthonic chaos of the highest order.

Clavicvla – Degeneracy of the 5th Density (+ Exclusive Track Premiere)

A fantastic, visceral and traumatising drag through the hellscapes and forbidden places of one’s mind and one listen will reveal your truest darkness and how you embrace its magnificent, soulless blackness.

Werewolves – From the Cave to the Grave

It’s a merciless skullfuck of an album with nine spine-shreading tracks ready to get you windmill moshing and face-planting brick walls.

Tómarúm – Ash in Realms of Stone Icons

I cannot praise Ash in Realms of Stone Icons enough and will be keeping an eye out for whatever this band puts out in the future.

Author & Punisher – Krüller

Krüller is industrialised mayhem pushed through a time hole and spat out into a cybernetic future where the crushing of bone underfoot is as natural as a bird song once was.

Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Noktvrn

Noktvrn lets in a little light into the void-blackness of Der Weg Einer Freiheit’s masterful catalogue and finds a new path to catharsis.

Ars Magna Umbrae – Throne Between Worlds

Each track takes you through a portal of dissonance into wicked abodes of horror and abyssal landscapes.

Vertebra Atlantis – Lustral Purge In Cerulean Bliss

Their music contains many elements that are shotgun-blasted into your ears and are absorbed into the chaos of your twitching head.

Gaahls Wyrd – The Humming Mountain

The Humming Mountain thrives on its subtleties more than its face-melting moments. Those little nuances make the album sparkle a little more.

Dødsdrift – Ødnis

Riffs swell into a rhapsody of emotion, icy chills of bleakness washes over you and that pleasing shudder is the purging of all troubles to be carried away in the wind.

Abstracter – Abominion

These five cavernous monstrosities take on a similar flow, melting into one lump of death-spewing, abstract blackened doom replete with churning, avant-garde chaos and crawling, bleak despair.

Wreche – All My Dreams Came True

The blastbeats keep Wreche within black metal’s grim grasp but beyond those traditional sounds awaits the stargazing shimmer of post-black, thick with dreamy ambience and steeped in releasing purge in the form of Morgan’s agonising vocals.

Sol Kia – Zos Ethos

Zos Ethos is wild, rabid and untethered black metal ready to drag your soul through the blazing flames of existence.

VOW – Icarian

Every once in a while you discover a band who truly captivate you with their sound and ethos. VOW will be that band.

Sermon of Flames – I Have Seen The Light, And It Was Repulsive

I Have Seen The Light, And It Was Repulsive is a devastating, claustrophobic slab of beat-your-face-until-its-pulp death metal.

Ænigmatum – Deconsecrate

Deconsecrate is a fearless mini hurricane of genre-twisting sound, both straight-up death metal and at times experimental, blackened metal with a few interspersed prog glimmers.

Vessel of Iniquity – The Doorway (+ Exclusive Track Premiere)

The Doorway may be a hard listen for some but for others this is a glimpse into as perfect as savage audial terror can get.

Mayhem – Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando

This EP will satiate fans until a new album comes and likely gives die-hard supporters a glimpse into Mayhem breaking the barriers of what they are perceived to be and taking a dive into what inspired much of their early output.

Demersus ad Nihilum – /​/​180703​/​/

The three tracks on offer here ride the darkness of misery with a meditative calmness, injecting sincere and stunning beauty into the blackest of sound and emotion.

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