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

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.

Sundrowned – Become Ethereal

The entire album floats blissfully through weightless ease and gleaming audial brightness as each song captures another strikingly beautiful glare from this multifaceted diamond.

Interpolant – Arbor

Interpolant take technical death metal and aspects of djent into a dystopian twilight of glowing synthesiser-driven metal, with these elements especially coming to the forefront of sound.

Alder Glade – Lunar Majesty

Alder Glade can rip and tear with blistering, raw extremity such as the distorted fuzz of very old-school black metal meeting crushing blasts as well enchant with glimmers of post-black beauty and synthy soundscapes.

Esoctrilihum – Dy’th Requiem For The Serpent Telepath

It’s deep… abyss-deep, filled with guttural guitar punches and serpentine riffs, ghastly gollum-esque vocals and cavernous ambience all packed into a suffocating and claustrophobic package.

Decoherence – System I

Decoherence are crushingly heavy and aurally devastating with a sound that writhes somewhere amongst the talent of Ulcerate, Blut Aus Nord, Darkspace and shades of Aborym’s industrial edge.

Violet Cold – Empire of Love

It’s an album that makes you breathe in darkness and exhale only light. Empire of Love is thoroughly wanted, needed and completely integral to all of black metal and to further push the understanding that in metal everyone is accepted under one banner, maybe one day the world will join in with that thought too.

Inferno – Paradeigma (Phosphenes of Aphotic Eternity)

Paradeigma (Phosphenes of Aphotic Eternity) is a single monstrous and mesmeric cacophony of darkness and light, of punishing, spiteful riffs and bleak, dreaded ambience that, for full effect, should be heard in one sitting.

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