Thulcandra on Their Diverse New Record Hail the Abyss

German powerhouse Thulcandra are back with a new album, Hail the Abyss, out now via Napalm Records. It carries on their tradition of heavy and melodic metal with some well-placed prog and technical elements. Formed in 2003 by guitarist Steffen Kummerer, also of Obscura fame, and Jürgen Zintz, the band’sContinue Reading

Review: Botanist Pushes Their Dulcimer Black Metal Forward with VIII: Selenotrope

Although ostensibly in line with the atmospheric black metal scene, Botanist constantly rejects convention. The San Francisco project’s entire concept centers on the use of Hammered Dulcimers instead of guitars. This unorthodox instrumentation has led Botanist’s discography down many interesting rabbit-holes—apparently only getting accepted into the Metal Archives database becauseContinue Reading