Temple of Mystery Records – Trapped Under Ice Vol. 1

Trapped Under Ice

When it comes to metal, Canada has a distinguished legacy and a thriving contemporary scene. From Voivod, Anvil, Exciter, and Annihilator to some of my personal favorites like 3 Inches of Blood, Unleash the Archers, Striker, The Order of Chaos, and Blood Ceremony, Canada has been sending heads banging for decades. Now Temple of Mystery Records shines a light on some of the lesser known ranks of the Great White North metal legions. Trapped Under Ice Vol. 1 is a compilation boasting ten tracks from a diverse roster of underground…

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FEN – Dustwalker

Fen - Dustwalker (2012)

Sometimes I have trouble parsing out the myriad of new black metal styles each month since they only differ slightly from others. The term “Black-gaze” is used to describe black metal incorporating shoegaze. Black-gaze is different but somewhat similar to “Post-black,” a term used to describe the combination of post rock and black metal. Actually, that is only one definition as the other means “after” black metal and is a placeholder for “Experimental black,” but that is just ridiculous so let us try to keep it simple. There is also…

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SUMMONING – Minas Morgul

SUMMONING- Minas Morgul

As a stark opponent of most symphonic-based metal, I’ve always been a bit perplexed why I find Summoning to be so excellent. I mean, their music is drenched – positively awash – with keyboards and all kinds of electronic wankery and atmospherics that would normally make me run for the door, but on releases like Minas Morgul I have a hard time even leaving my seat. It could be because these Austrians take inspiration from the lore and happenings of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, but it could also be because Protector…

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Since Wodensthrone entered the black metal scene in 2009 with their debut LP Loss, fans of atmospheric black metal, folk black metal, and pagan black metal have been hungry for more. Loss was an exceptionally good album, especially for a debut, so it is natural that hype was rather high for their follow-up record. Thankfully enough, this British act have met – if not exceeded – expectations, but not really in the way that many thought. Whereas Loss was notably infused with folk elements, Curse sees the band forsaking many…

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