Robert Andersson of ex-Morbus Chron returns with Sweven. Named after the album that started it all, the band make their debut with The Eternal Resonance.
Science-fiction meets avantgarde on Also sprach Futura. On their first ever EP, british Lychgate conjure a grim vision of the future of mankind.
Schöpfungswut is the title of the third album by german duo Porta Nigra. It marks a departure in their sound from avantgarde and martial dark metal to a more traditional and cinematic brand of black metal.
If you’ve been following Noise Vortex for a while you will know that I endorse all kinds of creative takes on established styles. Over the course of this decade, black metal has seen a particular amount of exciting experimentation. Bands like Deafheaven, Lantlôs and Alcest left a mark on the scene by defining the blackgaze sound. On their self-titled debut, american Wishfield draw from these bands as they put their own spin on blackgaze with dream pop vocals and outstanding fretless guitarplay.
Sometimes a band comes out with an album that begs the question “why has no one done this before?”. Idle Hands prompt this question with their infectious debut album Mana as they fuse epic heavy metal with cold gothic rock. Admittedly, gothic influences in heavy metal aren’t groundbreaking, but Mana’s quality and integrity in uniting these two certainly is.
Praise Mollusca! UK death metal force Slugdge make a triumphant return with their fourth album Esoteric Malacology. Now on Willowtip Records and stronger than ever, the band continues to forge their lore of cosmic slugs and the allmighty Greatfather.
Boasting an impressive line-up, Howling Sycamore make their astonishing debut rearranging the well-established into something new to breathe some fresh air into the progressive metal scene.
Aosoth are back. Four years after IV: An Arrow in Heart, french Aosoth make a fierce return with their unrelenting and characteristically dissonant fifth album V: The Inside Scriptures.
It is time to return to the Verdant Realm once more. Ever the industrious one, american Botanist have come out with their new album and first part of the “Collective” series. The Shape of He to Come is to be taken literally as it sees the band revolutionize their sound.
Four years after his last album Blood Vaults – The Blazing Gospels of Heinrich Kramer, german mutli-instrumentalist and vocalist Alexander von Meilenwald returns to make another entry to the discography of his project The Ruins of Beverast. Enter Exuvia, one of the most densely atmospheric albums to come out this year.