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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  • Koldovstvo - Ni Tsarya Ni Boga

    13 Jun 2021 - Thorsten

    Really pushing the boundaries and limits of anonymity, Koldovstvo released a really mesmerizing record in the vein of Lifelover and Kall, Bethlehem and Mosaic. I never understood why Black Metal is necessarily always associated with bleakness….

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  • Somnuri - Nefarious Wave

    12 Jun 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened Groovey Sludge Post-Metal

    Did you ever have a feeling as if new music wasn’t exciting enough, because it all basically copied something you had already heard? That creating something along well-tread paths gave you nothing? Only the highest level of innovation was just good enough for you? Then please go along, Somnuri and their world-class Blackened Prog-Sludge are not your thing!

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  • Black Flak And The Nightmare Fighters - Ad Meliora

    12 Jun 2021 - Gene
    Alternative, Experimental, Cinematic, Progressive, Post-Rock

    Offering up the past to stoke the rebelious fires of better times to come

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  • CMDR RIKR - The Bright Below

    11 Jun 2021 - Thorsten
    Doomy Chambermusic Post-Rock Post-Metal

    What is that? A band that sounds like some 70s dropout coming back to life? Or a new incarnation of the Leitmotif-phase Dredg? A chamber music ensemble meeting a triphop producer who shows them some Canterbury meets Doom records? It’s much simpler than that - it’s CMDR RIKR.

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  • Dimwind - Slow Wave Violence

    10 Jun 2021 - Knut
    Post Rock/Post Metal

    Exploring the borders of post rock and post metal with an intense and emotional release. This might be the most captivating instrumental album of the year so far.

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  • Love Is Red - Darkness Is Waiting

    09 Jun 2021 - Ben
    Melodic Hardcore / Straight Edge

    Nashville melodic hardcore outfit, Love Is Red, return to the fight with their first release in seventeen years. It’s good to have them back again, doing what they do best - kicking doors and settling scores.

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  • Chassm - Falling Forever

    09 Jun 2021 - Thorsten
    Doom Sludge Post-Metal

    Underneath Chassm’s thick, dirty crust of sludge and post-metal one can find a highly dynamic band with lots of virtuously embedded rhythm changes.

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  • Raedsel - Menetekel

    07 Jun 2021 - Simon
    post rock, progressive rock

    A wonderful example of a band with something to say and the ability to back up their message

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  • Nømadus - Dawn of Darkness

    06 Jun 2021 - Pat O'
    Death Metal/Progressive Metal

    Ireland’s Nømadus bring riffs, melody and ferocious vocals to the table. Their blend of “progressive metal” and some old school “thrash metal” and “death metal” is simply huge. Heavy music is back!.

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  • The Sun And The Mirror - Dissolution to Salt and Bone

    05 Jun 2021 - Thorsten

    Doom. Folk. Doom. Orchestrals. Doom. The Sun And The Mirror release their full-length debut Dissolution To Salt And Bone. Doom. Noise. Doom. Drone. Doom.

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  • Oslo Tapes - ØR

    04 Jun 2021 - Thorsten
    Krautrock, Electronica, Post-Punk, Psychedelia, Synthwave

    When an Italian Krautrock-trio calls themselves Oslo Tapes and then releases album for album of magical trips between several genres (but none of them is really “metal”) then you might expect them on many labels – but maybe not on Pelagic Records?

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  • DVNE - Etemen Aenka

    03 Jun 2021 - Simon
    progressive rock, post-metal, progressive metal

    A stunning example of how a band can improve on what has come previously. A glorious example of what can happen when you play all the right notes, in exactly the right order

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  • Wilderness of Mirrors - Melancholia EP

    02 Jun 2021 - Pat O'

    Inspired by the 2011 movie Melancholia, Wilderness of Mirrors is a monumental piece of music that is both blistering and fervent, soundly underpinned with grandiose orchestras and rich atmospheric walls.

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  • Iapetus - The Body Cosmic

    01 Jun 2021 - Gene
    Progressive, Melodic, Death Metal

    Revisiting one of 2019’s landmark records!

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  • Non Serviam - Le Coeur Bat

    31 May 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened-Industrial-Noise, Avantgarde

    When is it justified to call a band and their record “avantgarde”? When they excel in their own genre? When they are able to mix several styles fluently and effortlessly? When they do not care at all about any limiting expectations set upon themselves by any scene police? In my opinion, it is all of this and more, but one thing strikes out most importantly to me: The will to think without boxes. Just like …

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  • À Terre - Notre Ciel Noir (EP)

    30 May 2021 - Thorsten

    When a young band emails you about their EP which you had already heard before and tells you quite shamelessly that they are not here to give anything to you because they have already given everything then that can have two reasons: Either they are over-confident about their EP or they know that their three songs and 20 minutes are simply good.

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  • Grey Aura - Zwart Vierkant

    29 May 2021 - Thorsten

    Sometimes you see a record and you know it - that will be good. Because it reminds you of something. With Grey Aura’s newest record the cover-comparison is clear: The Mars Volta’s The Bedlam In Goliath has just the same colors, and man!, Zwart Vierkant is just as versatile and virtuous as the salsa-core from New Mexico!

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  • Mosara - Mosara

    28 May 2021 - Knut
    Heavy Metal/Doom Metal/Stoner/Sludge

    This is a debut full-length album from a band with seasoned musicians based in Phoenix, Arizona. They elegantly mix heavy metal, stoner, sludge metal and doom metal. It is remarkably well done and the high quality of the recording, mixing and mastering of this album makes it a riveting musical journey.

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  • Revival Hymns - Birth Pains

    27 May 2021 - Pat O'

    With over a decade in the business Revival Hymns can still forge music that’s majestic and rich in lush, heart-felt atmospherics. Lets have a listen to their beautiful EP Birth Pains

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  • Baulta - Another Second Chance

    26 May 2021 - Wouter

    Baulta are back! After a hiatus of almost 6,5 years the Finnish instrumental band released Another Second Chance and if you liked the sound and warmth of their previous releases, you can let out a sigh of relief, you will like this record as well.

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  • Pictures On Silence - dto. (EP)

    25 May 2021 - Thorsten

    Like many other European countries, France has a vast number of post-rock bands all over the place, but not many have good bands in so many corners and on so many levels. Pictures On Silence are just another example.

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  • The Paper Sea - Shadow Falls

    24 May 2021 - Ben
    Cinematic / Instrumental

    Presenting the debut solo record by LA-based Jared Matt Greenberg (Whale Fall, Charles Atlas, The Rosemarys), where our intrepid hero explores hidden pockets of melody and space to bring something different to the post-table.

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  • GLEN - PULL!

    23 May 2021 - Pat O'

    Berlin based GLEN’s latest album PULL! is a psychedelic and hypnotic instrumental jam, full of driving rhythms and seafaring hooks.

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  • Nadja - Luminous Rot

    22 May 2021 - Thorsten
    Ambient-Drone Industrial Doom

    If Game Of Thrones had been set in a post-apocalyptic location, then this would be the soundtrack to the Dragon Mother running amok in Season 8. Epic!

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  • Hippie Death Cult - Circle Of Days

    21 May 2021 - Thorsten
    Heavy Psychedelic

    Portland, Oregon-based quartet Hippie Death Cult shows how cleverly you can do classic American Rock if you infuse it with some unusual moments that turn the ordinary into the magical.

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