🌶️ Terzij de Horde
(black from the Netherlands. FFO: Ultha, Altar of Plagues, Bosse-de-nage)
Terzij de Horde (‘Aside the horde’, named after a Hendrik Marsman poem
) is one of my favourite bands, and the new album is one of my favourite new records. I love this band. I love their no-frills, heartfelt sound. I love that artwork. I love the lyrics, nailed to the door of my mind. I love the fire, the dynamics, the scorching riffs that hit my head and my heart, and I love the pure, righteous willpower this band pours into sonics to make something happen, to have their surroundings react, to make life move
. Life, life!
🌶️ Et Moriemur (atmospheric death/doom from the Czech Republic. FFO: Rotting Christ, Alchimia, Cult of Fire)
These Czech guys create a unique atmosphere with a full quiver of instruments and influences, without falling for cheap theatrics (even though he seems to sing “coffee cups and the sun’s eclipse / table cloth, turned on” in ‘Oshima’). It’s easy to get lost in the compelling details here, but a good riff will always pull you back out. Check out ‘Nagoya’, it’s beautiful.
There’s more: Destruction
(thrash from Germany), Nekrogoblikon
(melodeath/folk from the USA), Hällas
(prog from Sweden), Sadness
(🌶️ post-black from the USA/Mexico - this one is quite shoegazy/punky!), Concilivm
(death from Chile), Spellforger
(thrash/black/speed from Indonesia), Epitaphe
(death/doom from France - this comes out 11/4), Marrasmieli
(black from Finland), Tome of the Unreplenished
(atmospheric black/noise/electronics from Cyprus), Nyos
(experimental/instrumental noise from Finland) and a split from AAA 7, A Rose Dying in the Rain & Sdughalt
(atmoblack/ambient and post-black from Mexico, and Sdughalt is depressive black from Ukraine 🌻).