Grave Gnosis: A Rising Name in US Black Metal

The United States has an astounding extreme metal scene. Black metal, in particular, has quite the variety from around the country and it seems more one man projects and bands are popping up all around. While Florida is particularly known for its root in old school death metal during the 90s, we still see many talented bands come out of the area. The up and coming Florida black metal band Grave Gnosis is the latest act you should be keeping an eye on.  Continue reading

Details Arrive On Inquisition’s Upcoming Album

Inquisition is one of the most rapidly growing names in modern black metal. With currently six critically acclaimed full-lengths released between 1998 and 2013, fans are eagerly anticipating the next masterpiece. With fans seeing Inquisition was in the studio to record their seventh full length at the end of 2015 and a recent teaser, fans know that a new Inquisition album is just around the corner. Now, we have even more information about the upcoming full-length. Continue reading

15 Reasons U.S. Black Metal Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Black metal is a very unique subgenre of extreme metal that is set apart from others by many reasons. Whether it be the common use of lo-fi production, the infamous history, or exhilarating stage theatrics in a live setting, black metal is easily recognizable. One interesting characteristic of black metal is how there seems to be a distinct sound that comes from every country or even parts of certain countries. When black metal is brought up, the initial bands mentioned usually cater to none other than Norway and its infamous second wave scene during the 1990s. This includes bands such as Mayhem, Emperor, and many more. Usually Sweden is followed up after that with a wide spectrum consisting of everything from Bathory to Watain. Finland, Austria, Germany – the list just seems to go on and on. But wait – what about United States black metal? The U.S. has been often accused of not having a good black metal scene due to many bands experimenting with the black metal formula, not having records as good as European bands, etc. As a firm believer that the United States has a growing interest in black metal and is starting to give birth to many new and breathtaking artists, I want to present the argument that the U.S. scene needs to be paid attention to. Here are fifteen artists that support why black metal matters in the United States.

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