Metal Periscope – December 2018

Happy 2019, everyone!

The last month of 2018 didn’t offer us lots of great metal releases, but some of them definitely deserve attention:

Dirge – Lost Empyrean

Dirge - Lost Empyrean
Great atmospheric sludge

Lost Empyrean is the seventh full-length album of the Parisienne group that started out as an industrial metal band but later evolved into some kind of atmospheric sludge that reminds me of such (great) bands as Isis and Cult of Luna.

To be honest, I hadn’t listened to any of the band’s previous records before listening to this album, so I can’t make any comparisons. But on its own Lost Empyrean is a great record: very atmospheric, very heavy and catchy without sounding commercial.

Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword

Svartidauði - Revelations of the Red Sword
Cold and barren black metal

For those looking for some really dark and cold kind of metal, I recommend Revelations of the Red Sword, the newest album of Icelandic faceless black metal band Svartidauði.

I know that it is a cliché, but the music of this group really fits the landscapes of their home country: cold and barren.

Forest of Shadows – Among the Dormant Watchers

Forest of Shadows - Among the Dormant Watchers

Sometimes the time flies so fast.

It seems that only yesterday I listened to the brilliant Six Waves of Woe, but ten years have already passed since then.

Many bands tried to take the sound of Katatonia‘s Brave Murder Day and then evolve and re-invent it, but Forest of Shadows‘ second full-length record was among the ones that had the biggest success in that task.

Among the Dormant Watchers is a worthy successor to the previous album of the Swedish one-man-band with its sorrowful strained growls, simplistic but fitting rhythm section and repetitive but not tiring riffs.

What I like the most about this album is its production, which is a bit dirty. There are so many over-produced records these days so I appreciate listening to an album that sounds genuine and raw.

Dødsferd – Diseased Remnants of a Dying World

Dødsferd - Diseased Remnants of a Dying World
Solid black metal from Greece

Despite the band name, Dødsferd is actually a Greek band. Still the name makes sense as the band is inspired by both the early 90’s Norwegian black metal scene, as well as Greek black metal scene.

I usually get bored pretty easily when it comes to traditional black metal, but this album has enough flavour not to get repetitive and boring.

One of my favourite black metal releases of 2018, without a doubt.

Dawn of Winter – Pray for Doom

Dawn of Winter - Pray for Doom
Great traditional doom metal

Pray for Doom is only the third full-length album of the German band, but Dawn of Winter actually exists since the early 90’s. And you can hear the experience.

While it’s evident that the band doesn’t bring anything new to the table, and there is no lack of good traditional doom metal bands these days, still I think that this album is worth mentioning because of a high level of songwriting and top-notch performance of all the musicians.

And this was the last Metal Periscope issues of 2018.

All in all, it was a pretty good year for metal and heavy music in general.

Maybe I will do some kind of “best of 2018” article later, as I did last year.

But for now I just wish to thank everyone who paid attention to my articles throughout this year. I’ll try to keep it up in 2019 (and hopefully even improve some things).

Once again… Happy 2019 and stay metal! \m/

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