Hailing from Cleveland, OH, Key to the Mint is a post-punk/new wave band that formed in early 2015 out of the defunct shoegaze/noise band Privacy//Policy. Former members of P//P, Rich Kundracik and John Alexander, joined with vocalist Joel Anger and developed their previous post-punk sound into the more melodic new wave. A Godless Line is the group’s sophomore release.
Hard at work horrifying the masses since 2005, Grave Robber have been anything but idle. Combining bouncy, catchy percussion with riffs and guitar solos as sharp as Dracula’s fangs, Grave Robber’s rugged and raunchy releases – Be Afraid, Inner Sanctum, Exhumed, You’re All Gonna Die and Straight to Hell – have garnered these horror rockers well deserved press from acclaimed punk and metal outlets alike for a good reason. Seven years and fourteen drummers since their last LP, they’re finally back to haunt the masses with Escaping the Grave!
After two experimental/ambient albums, UK doom metal band My Silent Wake releases their first metal album since Damnatio Memoriae (2015). Set for a release sometime in mid-February, There Was Death will be the band’s tenth studio album, and contains some of their heaviest stuff to date with guest doom metal legend Greg Chandler of Esoteric, providing some growls and additional keys.
Nameless and faceless, The Voyager has come upon us with his dark ambient soundscape: Flames of Genesis. Chilling sounds and droning noises; seven soundtracks take the listener beyond that dark expanse we call “space” into the realm of Interstellar Transmigration Part I: A Bridge to Further Realms.
Hand of Fire was formed in 2010 by vocalist Jim Settle as just a project. After a variation of members the band finally started in 2015 consisting of Jim Settle (vocals), Tiago Souza (guitars), Tom Eaton (bass), and Bill Davies (drums). Their debut album, originally titled Let the Killings Begin, was set for release in December of 2016. After much delay and anticipation the album finally dropped with the new title Nuclear Sunrise.
The name Frozen Ocean brings with it many things. Some may say “atmospheric black metal,” while others say “dark ambient” or just simply “black metal.” In all honesty it depends on which release you’ve heard. Regardless, the name is well known in all of these genres, and now the mind behind this project, Vaarwel, is offering this compilation FREE to those who wish to discover more.
I am very particular when it comes to rap music, and this being only the second rap album that I’ve reviewed should speak volumes about how I feel about this artist and release. Beyond Redemption is Lex the Hex Master’s second LP, and after the success of Contact and his EPs many fans anticipated this album’s release. It finally dropped on Halloween!
Formed in 2016 and hailing from Athens, The Black Capes are a new Gothic rock group brought together by the frontman, Alex S Wamp (formerly of Potergeist). Their debut album, All These Monsters, delivers a dark form of rock that has many people in the Gothic community turning their heads.
Like Nosferatu from his coffin, horror punk rocker Argyle Goolsby (former Blitzkid frontman) has risen once more to give us Darken Your Doorstep, the long awaited album since the release of his compilation, Saturnalia of the Accursed.
English doom metal band My Silent Wake releases their second dark ambient/experimental album. Recorded and mixed in 2016 the album features over 30 individual instruments and various recordings of voices and noises. Two of the tracks are re-workings of previously unreleased MSW recordings.
Daren “Klank” Diolosa first hit the scene in 1995 with the release of Still Suffering. Starting as a one man band Klank later became a full band which adopted his name. Rise is the fifth studio album from the group and the newest material to come out since 2012.