OPERA IX Unveil Album Art And New Video

Well, the Italian black metal band Opera IX is another new one to me. I saw a press release come through my inbox a few days ago but I hadn’t gotten to it just yet. This band is different. Not your everyday black metal band. These guys remind me of another band but at the present time I can’t say who. I know that I fucking love their music, it’s dark, atmospheric, it has just enough synth to make the ambiance stick but not make it too overbearing.

And this music video that Opera IX have released is nice also. An attractive, fully naked chick dancing around a fire, a dead bird and the band playing in a dark, eerie room. Obviously this video is NSFW, so watch it when you’re not around your boss or whomever. Check out the video below and the album art for the bands forthcoming Strix Maledictae in Aeternum at the beginning of this page. The album comes out on January 24th. Get into it.

The Folds Of Darkness: SILESIA INFERIOR

Silesia Inferior aren’t a band I was too familiar with before MetalUnderground posted about them. Since I read that post however, I have learned a bit about the band. Apparently they are a Polish two-piece black metal band who are giving away their latest album Lot Walkirii for free. Well, I love black metal and free albums, so of course I downloaded this and I loved it. Lot Walkirii is a fast, aggressive and pissed black metal record that should not be passed up. You can download the album here. Get it. Enjoy.

Everything To Do With Satan: PTAHIL Streaming New Album

Wow. It has been nearly a month since I’ve posted about Ptahil. I’d almost forgotten about the band when I learned that the great CVLT Nation is streaming the album. Once I caught wind of that, I stopped what I was doing and listened to this evil, blasphemous record, just as you should do. Go now and stream this absolutely mind blowing record. You won’t regret it. For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory is out now via Wraith Productions.

Wake Up And Smell The ANAAL NATHRAKH On #BlackMetalSunday

Good mourning. Today I have chosen the great Anaal Nathrakh to open us up on this fine Black Metal Sunday. I love this band and their vicious, blasphemous blend of black metal and deathgrind. They create a completely brutal, intense sound that cannot be anything but loved. Enjoy.


Corpse Party: BELENOS

Pagan black metal is an often overlooked splinter group that hasn’t exactly entered into the mainstream metal consciousness. Bands like Kampfar and Wyrd incorporate folk elements while remaining distinctly different from “folk metal,” although the themes are similar. This also means Americans are excluded from this genre. Sorry. There are harsh and clean vocals and typical black metal instrumentation, but often with the addition of acoustic guitar and the occasional hurdy gurdy. Pagan BM sounds and feels like the frozen steel of this guy’s sword:

Btw this is Belenos.


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The Largest Silence Known: LUDICRA Morning Ritual On #BlackMetalSunday

Good mourning. No time for an intro or description, although I don’t think this band calls for one. It’s Ludicra, you already know and loved them. If not, continue about your day. If you do know and love this band, then enjoy this morning ritual.

~R. Gnarly//#BlackMetalSunday



If your weekend was anything like mine, you spent the past 24 hours in bed with a severe allergic reaction to orange juice post-Suckfest. If not, your Sunday probably needs something to come down to anyway. This November, I’ll be delving into some more ambient, sense of purpose-stealing black metal, a species native to the cold void basements of the lonely, maladjusted and multi-instrumentalist French male.

Another one-man ambient black metal project out of Brittany, De Silence et d’Ombre, “Of Silence and Shadows,” quivered into existence in 2007 with F at its helm. If you like Lustre, All the Cold, or Urfaust, this one’s for you.


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These Days Are Marked: BONE AWL Now Playing For #BlackMetalSunday

Good mourning. Today I chose the band Bone Awl to start off the day. If you don’t know Bone Awl, they are a black metal/punk band from Novato, California. They play fast and aggressive punk soaked in blood, sweat and distortion fuzz and topped with harsh, gut-wrenching black metal vocals. Is that enough to make you want to listen to them? It should be. It’s not hard to believe that these guys are amazing, look at all of the absolutely world-shattering black metal acts coming out of California. Triste? Lake Of Blood? Ash Borer? Xasthur? Leviathan? It’s a fucking breeding ground! So now, I command you to add Bowl Awl to your list of “must-haves.” Get down, enjoy.

~R. Gnarcvlt//#BlackMetalSunday