Spaceblack, stoner-doom, blackened death, and some prog for you today – enjoy :-)

AlmyrkviPupil Of The Searing Maelstrom (Ván Records)

Iceland really does have a rich and varied black metal scene, and Almyrkvi fits in righteously with the crowd – simply by going ways not heard from the other bands I’ve encountered from the island of hot springs and corrupt politicians and bankers.

As can be guessed from the album-cover, we’re in a more aethereal and psychedelic part of the dark art(s) and without wanting to compare as such, Almyrkvi would fit well on tour with the likes of Atomikylä or Oranssi Pazuzu.

Very convincing, promising debut EP, taking black metal beyond boundaries we might not even have perceived was there.

Stone Machine Electric – Solicitus Es Veritatem (self-released)

This album takes its time getting started – just as it takes its time generally, resulting in a doomy, dark stoner-like current through the whole damn thing.

It has a dream-like, laidback quality that seems to send a signal directly to the brain, screaming “shut down – ease off”. Genuinely a very good album for, erm, getting stoned or simply just chilling out. And that’s a truth I’m not afraid of!

Demonic Obedience – Nocturnal Hymns To The Fallen (Satanath Records)

A varied album of cool atmospheric, blackened death that sticks out from the mass of releases by having both variety and great riffs and great melodic solo parts.

Packs a punch without being afraid of also broadening the music style. Great album for a night’s worth of hanging out with cool friends and cooler beer. Or for simply freaking out with some headbanging and air guitar.

Blaak Heat – Shifting Mirrors (Svart Records/Tee Pee Records)

Putting this album on propelled my mind back to some long-forgotten fusion-bands I recall being fond of in the early 80’s (names stay forgotten though), and it’s probably the playful way Blaak Heat tackles their prog – and the mid-eastern influences found across the whole album.

That being said, I find Shifting Mirrors sound a bit like imagining the original line-up of Pink Floyd getting together and jamming on some Voivod songs (while grooving with a pict) – and I say that with the utmost respect.