Post-black metal is gradually becoming more popular as time progresses, and it’s more and more difficult to stand out in the genre. Thankfully one-man project Abstract Void is doing something that very few in the genre have done: combining everything that makes post-black metal great and throwing in some synthwave. Now this might seem like a recipe for disaster, but this is executed fantastically, as proven on the 2017 debut album “Into the Blue“. With his upcoming album “Back to Reality” coming out on October 29th, I recently had the chance to talk with the mysterious virtuoso and learn a bit more about the project in the process. Be sure to support this project and like it on Facebook and if you enjoy it, pick it up off Bandcamp! (Note that the album will be name-your-price following release).
Hailing from Norway, Avast is a very difficult band to place in any specific genre. While they might simply seem to be blackgaze/black metal on the surface, their roots are deep in the punk and hardcore genres. Regardless of which genre you place them in, there is no doubting the immense skill that is present on their upcoming album ‘Mother Culture’. Releasing on October 26th via Dark Essence Records, the debut album is a concept album that examines the myths upon which modern civilization is based, based on the philosophical novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. ‘Mother Culture’ is first class post-black metal, with a touch of Norwegian black metal in the vein of Deafheaven, Alcest, or Red Apollo. I had the chance to chat with the band about the upcoming album, the concept of their album and many other topics which you can read below. Be sure to support the guys by giving them a like on Facebook and preordering ‘Mother Culture’ using one of the following links:
Going into this record, one might expect to hear straightforward blackgaze, but when you fully dive into the album, you discover how its concept and execution are what separate Avast from their contemporaries. This truly is one of the best debut albums that I have heard in years, and I truly urge you to experience this album and appreciate the insane amount of hard work these guys have put into it.
Plaistow, New Hampshire’s Vattnet Viskar are shaking the foundations of the metal community with their recently released sophomore album entitled “Settler”. Following up to their well-praised debut “Sky Swallower” from 2013, Vattnet Viskar have already established a recognizable blend of post-black metal with several other elements such as shoegaze and sludge. Whereas many bands seem to make a strong debut effort and then fall flat on their face with their follow-up, Vattnet Viskar seems to do the exact opposite with “Settler” for many reasons. Continue reading