Burzum – Hliðskjálf

Hliðskjálf – the name of Odin’s throne in Norse mythology – is the sixth overall full-length release by ambient and black metal musician Varg Vikernes under the Burzum moniker, and it is his second entirely electronic release. Recorded and released while Vikernes was serving a sixteen-year prison sentence for the murder of former Mayhem bandmate…

Pharmakon – Bestial Burden

“And while I was there I saw a man dying next to me, and he was crying out for his daughter. She did not come. So it wasn’t just about the experience of what happened to me but also about being there — going under anesthesia and not knowing what was going to be missing…

Burzum – Dauði Baldrs

It’s hard being in prison.1 The food is just okay, your roommate might be psychotic, and the guards won’t let you have heavy metal instruments. It’s exactly the predicament in which Varg Vikernes of Burzum found himself while serving a 21-year prison sentence for the murder of Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth in 1993. Dauði Baldrs2 is…

Horseback – The Gorgon Tongue

The material on The Gorgon Tongue could’ve been lost to the void were it not for Relapse Records. Following the label’s reissue of Jenks Miller’s acclaimed The Invisible Mountain (released under the Horseback project), Relapse compiled two rare albums of his early output: the shoegaze-influenced drone outfit Impale Golden Horn, and the power ambient cum…

Jute Gyte – Apidya

Apidya1 is the debut full-length release from Jute Gyte, a prolific black metal and ambient/noise project out of Missouri. Released in 2006, Apidya is a dark ambient album of three tracks and a run-time of just over one hour. Adam Kalmbach – the solitary man behind the Jute Gyte project – is frequently compared to…

Jute Gyte – Subcon

Missouri artist Adam Kalmbach – a co-founder of the independent label Jeshimoth Entertainment – writes and records music as Jute Gyte. Jute is a coarse fiber used in weaving, and “gyte” means “deranged” or “mad” in the Scots dialect.1 He has released almost 25 albums in a decade’s time, all of which are available as free digital…

Dean Evenson – Ocean Dreams

Fuck this hippie New Age bullshit.1 This is nothing more than your stereotypical yuppie meditation crap with waves crashing, seagulls chirping, and some mindless flute aping a Native American style so upper-middle class white people can feel “connected” with their spirit chakras2 or whatever-the-fuck from some belief system they read about on a blog with…