Author Archives: Jens Nepper

Born and raised in Denmark, currently living in Norway, and hopelessly addicted to coffee and Black Sabbath.
NYRST

Monstrosities In A Cold Climate – An Interview With Nyrst

A couple of months ago yours truly had the pleasure of receiving a promo copy of an utterly atmospheric and strangely unsettling black metal record entitled Orsök by the Icelandic entity named Nyrst. While its intriguing and stunning album artwork immediately caught the eye and strongly hinted at great things to come, nothing could have prepared this writer for just ...

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Taake and Whoredom Rife

Norwegian black metal stalwarts Taake and Whoredom Rife team up for split EP

Norwegian black metal stalwarts Taake and Whoredom Rife recently teamed up for this superb split EP entitled Pakt consisting of four glorious compositions (two by each entity, that is) that encompass everything that makes said genre so utterly marvelous to immerse oneself in. Rich in atmosphere and chilling to the bone, both musical enterprises have managed to conjure up some ...

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Dwall

Enveloped By Norwegian Darkness – An Interview With Dwaal

The Oslo-based entity named Dwaal is undoubtedly one of the most captivating musical encounters that yours truly has had the pleasure of experiencing lately. Their richly textured and deeply unsettling mixture of doom metal, sludge, post-black metal, and oppressive ambient soundscapes is both effective and trance-inducing, and the slow, intense compositions that constitute their debut offering entitled Gospel of the ...

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Tulus

Tulus Take Us To A Dark Place with Old Old Death

Yours truly is a massive fan of Evil 1999 by the ugly Norwegian black metal scumbags collectively known as Tulus, and such foul and deeply atmospheric offerings as Biography Obscene and the compilation entitled Cold Core Collection are also way up there with the very best of them. Naturally, reviewing the sinister ensemble’s latest slab of musical darkness, more specifically ...

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MORTIIS

MORTIIS Evokes The Soul Of A Classic With Spirit of Rebellion

The renowned and hugely skilled dungeon synth pioneer and industrial/darkwave composer that is Mortiis (ex-Emperor) kicks the new year off in style with the gloomy and superbly written Spirit of Rebellion. Spirit of Rebellion is essentially a re-imagining or a brand new interpretation of Mortiis’ classic Ånden Som Gjorde Oppør LP. What immediately stands out upon listening to it the ...

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KINGDOM OF MADNESS

On A Storyteller’s Night – An Interview With Kingdom Of Madness: Classic Magnum

In 2018, the hugely skilled Mark Stanway (ex-Magnum, ex-Grand Slam) assembled an amazing cast of musicians primarily from past line-ups and eras of the renowned outfit Magnum in order to celebrate that band’s rich and timeless catalogue of songs from the celebrated 1978-1994 period. Boasting a marvelous line-up consisting of Micky Barker, Mo Birch, Richard Bailey, Chris Ousey, Brian Badhams, ...

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Kaldvard

Raging Fires & Medieval Injustice – An Interview With Pagan Black Metallers Kaldvard

I recently had the pleasure of immersing myself in the upcoming record entitled Dømt til Bål og Brann by the Norwegian entity known as Kaldvard, and it literally blew me away by means of its epic melodies, crushing riffs, and evocative atmosphere. Now, their debut offering (Fossegrimens Pant, 2018) was a solid slab of melodic pagan metal with bombast aplenty ...

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SOLSTORM

Solstorm Lay Waste To The Apollon Record Store In Bergen, Norway

The hugely skilled doom/drone metal entity that is Solstorm performed a short and concise yet hard-hitting and memorable set at the Apollon record store in the city center of Bergen, Norway. In many ways, the entire event served as a teaser of sorts in the sense that their brand new opus entitled II was releases shortly after and so we were treated ...

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Lucy In Blue

Leave The Pale Blue Sky Behind – An Interview With Icelandic Prog Rockers Lucy In Blue

A few months ago the ever-reliable and awesome Karisma Records (Norway) released a true gem of a record in the shape of In Flight by the Icelandic prog rock outfit named Lucy in Blue. Now, I am not exactly sure how to describe or put into words just how beautiful and moving the aforementioned LP is. You want drama and ...

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SYN

Underground US black metal outfit SYN release free digital demo

Back in August this year, the relatively new US black metal trio named SYN released their first-ever rehearsal demo containing three venomous compositions that display both depth and skill. The songs were all captured and recorded live during rehearsals and the result is as raw and unfiltered as it gets. The cursed thing was originally released on cassette in a ...

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