If you’ve never heard Portal, get ready for a ride. It’s dark and mysterious, malformed and intricately designed death metal. Overwhelming and intense. And there’s a bonus ep out, too
Big, epic, sweeping metal that still stands firmly on the ground. Quite a unique sound that reminds me of all kinds of bands, but is strictly their own.
This is not your grandpa’s death metal, and it’s not quite modern either. Ghastly sits in that comfortable vacuum of space between old school death and experimental, more progressive metal. They sound like the first, and write like the latter. A heavier Morbus Chron, or a lighter Vastum.
This is a record inspired by a game I’ve never played, Skyrim, made by Svalbard-singer Serena Cherry, and I really like it. It goes to prove that it doesn’t really matter if you have played the game. Great performance on all instruments by Cherry, and I love the atmosphere (which is, luckily, not videogame-y).
There’s more: Cirith Ungol
(heavy/doom from the USA - ep), Svneatr
(black from Canada), Stormruler
(black from the USA), Silver Lake by Esa Holopainen
(prog from Finland - solo project from the Amorphis guitarist, with guest vocals), Impaled Nazarene
(black from Finland), Dödsrit
(🌶️ black/crust from Sweden), Silver Talon
(heavy/power from the USA), Burning Witches
(heavy/power from Switzerland), Bloodbound
(heavy/power from Sweden), Alluvial
(atmospheric death from the USA), Eisenhand
(heavy from Austria), Khandra
(black from Belarus), Mortal Vision
(thrash from Ukraine), Bleeth
(doom/post from the USA), Unfathomable Ruination
(technical brutal death from the UK - ep), and a compilation from Norwegian black metal label Terratur Possessions