Velvet Thunder albums of 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, it has once again been quite a year for music. With 2020 seeing a cataclysmic change in the landscape 'thanks' to a global pandemic; the world became a different place, live music all but disappeared, albums were delayed and bands that lived in different locations could not travel to..

Auri – II: Those We Don’t Speak Of (Nuclear Blast)

The honeyed voice of Johanna Kurkela glides over the lush empyrean chords of Kiss The Mountain, the remarkably beautiful halfway point of Auri's sophomore release Those We Don't Speak Of. It's an unusual placement in the running order; other bands might have chosen such a piece to close their album, drifting off like a lullaby...

Svarta Sanningar (Swe) – “Kapitel 2”

Let this band lead you into the darkness (their name roughly translates as 'black truths') In May, the Swedish band Svarta Sanningar released their latest EP Kapitel 2, which is a stand-alone sequel to the previous EP Kapitel 1 from 2018. The band's music  can best be described as occult post-rock with elements of goth and metal. Svarta Sanningar has also built an entire concept around a fictional backstory that includes an occult order society with the same name as the band. This is a fairly unique, weird,..

The Video Nasties announce UK tour dates with Aggressive Perfector

Following the release of the vinyl reissue of their debut album Dominion on APF Records at the start of this month featuring new single 'Draw The Shades',  horror themed, John Carpenter worshipping, metal outfit Video Nasties have announced tour dates with Aggressive Perfector. The November run of shows will also see Video Nasties perform at this year's Damnation Festival..

Exist Immortal – Act Two: Gold EP (Seek and Strike Records)

FFO: TesseracT, Periphery, Circles sounds like Voyager, Acolyte, Kepler Ten Exist Immortal are a five piece band from West London, United Kingdom who play technical progressive metal, fusing catchy melodies, soaring vocals and big soundscapes with technical riffs and pacey grooves. They've earned a reputation of being rising tech-metal stars through their style of hard..

m2 m2 – BlakGod EP

FFO: Ghostemane, Sleep Token, Gost  Mvsic2mvrder2 - or m2m2 to the initiated! - was born out of the urge to do something off key. They are definitely different, combining dark hardcore, what they describe as "occult guitar licks", dense Metal sludge backgrounds with ethereal floating vocals, they're certainly not for everyone! M2m2 originate from the..

Pyramid Theorem – Beyond The Exosphere

It's been a mighty long time since I played an album three times in a row, back-to-back (to back). But so taken was I with Beyond The Exosphere, the new platter from Toronto quartet Pyramid Theorem, I was compelled to listen again, and I knew I must have discovered something special. The strange thing is,..