Matt Daniels


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

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.

Feed Them Death – Negative

This is an unconventional take on death metal savagery, filled with intricate details and as a whole is a barbaric and untethered beast with a clear and distinctive sound.

Burden Limbs – In the Flesh

Burden Limbs have the confidence and talent to know exactly where they are in their career process and where they want to be.

Spectral Lore – Ετερόφωτος

It’s incredibly nuanced, sometimes strange and certainly unorthodox and perhaps bordering on the exotic at times… all reasons to thoroughly praise this release.

Mare Cognitum – Solar Paroxysm

Mare Cognitum is stunning cosmic metal with the ethereal tinge of blackgaze. This is black-veiled mastery ablaze with all the transcendent radiance of an exploding star. Solar Paroxysm is a ferociously beautiful release from a man whose star shows no sign of burning out.

Autarkh – Form In Motion

Autarkh is Dodecahedron sent through the matrix at warp speed and splintered with fragments of futuristic audial violence.

Forhist – Forhist

Forhist is a dark walk deep into the savage woods of traditional 90s Nordic-style metal, filled with lightning blastbeats, razor-sharp guitar hooks, 90s synths and memorable tracks.

The Amenta – Revelator

An album that absorbs you into its mechanised womb and keeps you safe in its blissfully disconcerting view of harrowing noise and devastatingly bruising music, wrapping you in a comforting embrace of everything you love about this band.

Old Growth – Mossweaver

Mossweaver will be the beautifully hand-crafted survival tool for any nature-loving metaller.

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