J. Andrew's Posts


Album Review: GORGOROTH Instinctus Bestialis

Posted by | June 8, 2015

In terms of pure, outstanding black metal in the 2nd-wave tradition, Gorgoroth has produced some of the finest albums ever made. Though there is much to praise in the artistic risk-taking of later eras, the trilogy of Pentagram, Antichrist and In the Sign of Hell will always hold sway as the defining emblems of the band’s legacy (infamous performances in Poland notwithstanding).

| June 8, 2015

Album Review: DRUDKH A Furrow Cut Short

Posted by | May 13, 2015

It feels right to have a new Drudkh album arrive in 2015. The legendary Ukrainian band is known for their deep affection for their homeland and its history, even using lines of poetry from Taras Shevchenko. And with the events of the past year in mind, there’s a certain relevance and timeliness to having an album like this come out now.

| May 13, 2015

Album Review: LEVIATHAN Scar Sighted

Posted by | March 11, 2015

Leviathan’s excellent new album sounds like…death metal! From the crushing low-end riffs, to the guttural vocals and pinch harmonics, this reminds me less of Under a Funeral Moon and more like Where No Life Dwells. Both voices are clearly present, but one is markedly louder than the other.

| March 11, 2015
Black Metal History Month Interviews

Dayal Patterson on Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult and Upcoming Projects

Posted by | February 10, 2015

While I was writing my review of Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult, I thought it'd be a good idea to reach out to the book's author, Dayal Patterson, to let him answer some questions. While he's given numerous interviews about the book, there were still some lingering points I thought worth addressing. Also, since he has a new series of books coming out, Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies, I figured he'd like the opportunity to plug it for our readers here at Metal Injection.

| February 10, 2015
Essential Black Metal Listening

Essential Black Metal Listening: ENSLAVED Yggdrasill

Posted by | February 4, 2015

Though Enslaved has become renowned in metal circles for records like Isa, Ruun and RIITIIR, there’s no denying the power of the band’s early output. Frost and Vikingligr veldi are both crucial contributions to the canon of 2nd-wave black metal, but there’s something uniquely fascinating about any band’s primordial work, and 1992’s Yggdrasill is no exception.

| February 4, 2015
Black Metal History Month Interviews

MAYHEM's Teloch: "We are Always Looking Forward Instead of Backwards"

Posted by | February 2, 2015

Into the band comes Teloch, a Norwegian guitarist who played in several other black metal bands and was a touring guitarist with Gorgoroth (another demanding gig, to be sure). I had the pleasure of seeing Teloch perform with the rest of Mayhem over in NYC (well, minus Necrobutcher, who had visa issues to wrap up), and was granted the opportunity to ask him about the band's new album, Esoteric Warfare

| February 2, 2015