Latest Reviews

There are way too many records released every week - which one should you listen to? Why is the new Bruit the best record of the year? Which post-metal record is the dark-horse of the year? Questions that we want to answer - we review lots of records every week and you can also check out a little teaser before reading the whole thing. And if you want to, you can also browse through our archive and have a look at the amazing records you might have missed out on.

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  • Ephemeral Echoes - Ascension

    07 Nov 2021 - Daniel F.
    Post-Rock

    Post rock is just one of those genres. Every time you think you’ve heard it all and the well is starting to run dry, an album comes along that completely reaffirms your faith. That happened this week with the release of Ascension, the prolific debut album from Greek post rockers Ephemeral Echoes. New kids on the block they might be, but they come bearing one of the year’s standout releases.

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  • Altars of the Moon - Brahmastra

    06 Nov 2021 - Thorsten
    Dark Shoegaze

    Today and tomorrow you will get a triple-dose Jeff Wilson with this review and the next two. Jeff who? Well, one of North America’s most productive and well-respected musicians within the realm of dark, sinister, blackened music with a certain attitude that reaches far beyond the typical thunderstorms. His music is often highly atmospheric, very dense and with a touch of dark wave. Altars of the Moon and its one-track, 30-minute-debut is a wonderful example of that.

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  • Kowloon Walled City - Piecework

    05 Nov 2021 - Thorsten
    Post-Metal

    Kowloon Walled City play Folk music. Okay, not really. But that certain grit, that crispy sound of a low-tuned guitar with steel strings whose reverberations are much broader than just the riff itself – you can find that on the new record by the Oakland-based quartet. Piecework shows the band come back after a longer hiatus with as much strength as before.

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  • A Secret Revealed - When The Day Yearns For Light

    05 Nov 2021 - Daniel F.
    Post-Metal

    I’ve restarted this review about four times now. Perhaps it’s just a run-of-the-mill case of writer’s block, a side effect of trying to write about an album unveiled in a week that is rife with fantastic releases. Or perhaps it’s something more. A Secret Revealed are my kind of band, and When Day Yearns For Light is my kind of album, so normally I would expect the words to flow, but my theory is that I feel somewhat responsible for highlighting just how fantastic this record is. Expect the adverbs to be flowing throughout this one, because spoiler alert, it’s one of the year’s most enticing records.

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  • Dauþuz - Vom Schwarzen Schmied

    04 Nov 2021 - Thorsten
    Black Metal

    Thuringia is one of the central regions in Germany, and it has a rich cultural history which often serves as the background for Black Metal songs and bands. Many of you will now think of Mosaic, which also has been featured on VoS quite often, however there is one more band that one should know when talking about the connection between Black Metal and folklore: Dauþuz. Their new record Vom Schwarzen Schmied is an exceptional example for this connection!

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  • daygraves - Imperishable

    03 Nov 2021 - Pat O'
    Post-Black/Blackgaze/Post-Rock

    Flowers arrive to us all today in the form of daygraves latest EP Imperishable. These white lilies perfectly echo the seniment found within this release. It’s a contrast of darkness and light, a “post-black” journey that transcends into moments of “post-rock” bliss

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  • Every Time I Die - Radical

    01 Nov 2021 - Sebastian
    Metalcore / Mathcore

    The mighty Every Time I Die return five years after their last album Low Teens with Radical. Did they use the long break to refine their already impressive skills or do they present us a lackluster compilation of songs?

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  • Emma Ruth Rundle - Engine Of Hell

    31 Oct 2021 - Stephan
    Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Gothic Folk

    After riding on and floating with the huge soundwaves of her full band on the previous album On Dark Horses and fighting against being swallowed by the gargantuan sludge of Thou on the two collaborative releases May Our Chambers Be Full and The Helm Of Sorrow, it’s not too surprising that Emma Ruth Rundle changes gears again and goes back to a less towering, more intimate format now. Because what sense would trying to be more feral and heavy than the latter even make?

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  • Nordicwinter - La dernier adieu

    30 Oct 2021 - Knut
    Atmospheric Black Metal/Depressive Black Metal

    On this release, the second from Nordicwinter this year, evillair has turned his personal sorrow and grief into a universal musical expression of agony which will resonate with listeners. The music is shaped from the loss of his mother some years after his father passed and expressed through emotional melodies, a void too deep to fill. The way he uses this Black Metal style as an outlet for these feelings is as remarkable as it is moving.

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  • Godcaster - Saltergasp

    30 Oct 2021 - Thorsten
    Noise-Punk, Indie-Rock, Prog-Core

    Quirky. Fast. Upbeat. Restless. High-Pitched. Sweaty. Poly-rhythmic. Hectic. Adjectives that can all be used to give a quick sense of the new Godcaster EP, out on Ramp Local. Saltergasp is as unusual as the name implies.

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  • Gold Spire - s/t

    29 Oct 2021 - Thorsten
    Death-Doomjazz

    Candy Dulfer meets Bohren und der Club of Gore and during their fornication they are listening to Morbus Chron so that their spawn is caught in that triangle. Sweden’s latest metal sensation Gold Spire is that spawn of hellish proportions – hellish not because of its speed or sheer technicality but because the forefathers of this record seem to have found a way to create a new genre: Death-Doomjazz; and that doesn’t even come close to what the band brings to the table.

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  • Sol Sistere - Sol Sistere

    28 Oct 2021 - Thorsten
    Atmospheric Black Metal

    Over the course of our six months of existence, Veil of Sound has not had the opportunity to feature many bands from South America. With this new, self-titled third full-length by Chilean Black Metallers Sol Sistere this will change, as this record deserves all support and love the global community gives it! A really remarkable record that might turn some skeptics into “believers” of the combination of Blackgaze and Black Metal again!

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  • ONUS - Each Of Us Is An Ocean

    27 Oct 2021 - Thorsten
    Post-Metal

    “Heavy instrumental music from the birthplace of rock n’ roll.” - that’s what is says on ONUS’ Bandcamp page. And yes, what you read is what you’ll hear. The trio from Memphis really plays a heavy kind of Post-Rock. However, their (seemingly) nautically inspired music is not lacking melody as well.

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  • Kayo Dot - Moss Grew On The Swords And Plowshares Alike

    27 Oct 2021 - Gene
    Experimental, Progressive, Avant-Garde, Goth

    If Kayo Dot set out to make a nostalgic-tinged throwback to earlier influences, to years gone by, then the successor to Blasphemy has managed this blind and bound. In fact it has achieved so much more.

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  • Luo - Convoluted Mess Machine

    26 Oct 2021 - Gene
    Experimental, Electronic, Jazz, Avant-Garde

    Only every now and again will you come across something innovative, brilliant, humorous and perfectly executed. This is the one. Here it is. You’re welcome.

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  • Katre - Behind The Resilience

    25 Oct 2021 - Gene
    Progressive, Post Metal, Metal

    Behind The Resilience is an album you might have missed. But then it jumped you unaware and you were floored by the potent hit of that unassuming Metal master work.

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  • Yenisei - Reflections

    24 Oct 2021 - Simon
    post rock

    Polish post Rock group Yenisei have created a wonderful example of creating music with a story to tell

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  • A Lake Of Ayes - Ouro Sobre Azul

    23 Oct 2021 - Thorsten
    Post-Metal

    One of the benefits of writing for a zine like VoS is the ability to fall in love easily. Every once in a while you will come across a band that you have never heard of before and whose record immediately speaks to you. Without this occupation, the new Ripcord Records release by Mancunian lads A Lake Of Ayes is just another gem that would have gone unnoticed. From the very first seconds, Ouro Sobre Azul had this author on his chair’s end eagerly waiting for more!

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  • Slow Crush - Hush

    22 Oct 2021 - Daniel F.
    Shoegaze

    It’s quite incredible, the effect that music can have on us. It can be all encompassing, swallow us with profound depth and leave lasting scars rooted in our emotions. Slow Crush embody this, existing as a swathe of noise intended to wash over us, so potent that there is risk of drowning. The shoegaze extraordinaires are back with their follow up to 2018’s critically acclaimed Aurora by means of the cathartic Hush which is set to be unleashed. Cut from the same cloth yet with a more artisanal touch, it builds upon the band’s foundations and offers a tumultuous expression of emotive soundscapes and a deft, lethargic touch.

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  • KITE - Currents

    22 Oct 2021 - Thorsten
    Post-Metal, Post-Hardcore

    There is a very productive and highly efficient small scene brewing in Oslo. The central figures are the masterminds behind several mighty interesting bands: Hymn, Sâver and KITE. The latter have recently released their third full-length named Currents and of course one should check it out if Post-Metal is also just slightly interesting.

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  • Wozniak - Bruises

    21 Oct 2021 - Pat O'
    Post-Rock/Shoegaze/Instrumental

    Wozniak are never afraid to experiment and tinker with sound. From great cinematic soundscapes to passionate, hard hitting “post-rock” crescendos, these guys have talent in abundance. Bruises encompasses all these traits and conjures up a deeply atmospheric and moving album.

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  • WORM - Foreverglade

    21 Oct 2021 - Thorsten
    Floridian Swamp Funeral Doom

    Is it a bad thing when one of the things coming to mind after the third or fourth spin of a Death-Doom-Metal record is that this in some strange ways is a ‘fun’ record? Well, maybe yes and maybe no, but for some strange reason the third full-length by Floridian Death-meets-Doomsters WORM has a certain fun element to it. How can that be when talking about a record that is definitely on the dark side of things? Let me explain…

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  • Ember Sun - On Earth And Heaven

    20 Oct 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened Funeral Doom

    How to find a good record to review: Step 1 – good name? Ember Sun; okay check! Step 2 – good label? Code666; definitely check! Step 3 – acceptable cover? skulls on dark dark green with a dichotomy of modern script and old-looking symbols; okay check! Step 4 – appearance? hooded figure; definitely check! Step 5 – genre? Funeral Doom; always check! Step 6 – listen! CHECK, we got a winner!

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  • Alda - A Distant Fire

    19 Oct 2021 - Knut
    Cascadian Black Metal

    Alda has once again dipped the wand in the pond of Black Metal and bestowed the metal community with a release immersed in alluring and meditative sonic landscapes. Listening to this new album is like walking on soft wet moss in the forest at dusk on a clear autumn evening. However hard and harsh the music can sometimes be, it leaves you with a mellow and soft impression.

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  • Dust Mountain - Hymns For Wilderness

    18 Oct 2021 - Thorsten
    Psychedelia, Folk Rock, Progressive Rock

    There must be something in those Finnish waters as the country between Hanko at the Gulf of Finland and Utsjoki in Lapland seems to have found an endless fountain of musical youth spilling out band after band after band. And with Svart Records, located in Turku on the Western sea-front, there is a label that brings those bands onto the international scene. The latest one is Dust Mountain from Tampere, who play a mix of progressive ideas, psychedelic structures and bewitching Folk harmonies. Really enchanting, not for lack of better word, but for the pure, undeniable appropriateness of the word here!

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