Interview: “The time has come to explore the depths of our cellar and bring to light all that was kept hidden away” (Cellar Darling)

By Jonathon Besanko Cellar Darling After breaking away from Eluveitie, the trio of Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter and Ivo Henzi went on to establish Cellar Darling; a brand new musical venture for the three multi-instrumentalists and vocalists. With the band's name rooted in the earlier solo work of Anna Murphy (being the title for her 2013 … Continue reading Interview: “The time has come to explore the depths of our cellar and bring to light all that was kept hidden away” (Cellar Darling)

Album Review: Saor – Guardians

By Jonathon Besanko With its band name taken from the Gaelic word for "free" and "unconstrained", Scottish-based atmospheric folk/black metal band Saor is one of the more rich and diverse bands of the genre. With a spirit heavily ingrained in the Scottish heart of the highlands, from its use of bagpipes to the choral symphonies that … Continue reading Album Review: Saor – Guardians

Analysing Album Art: Månegarm – Vredens Tid

By Jonathon Besanko At a glance, the cover to Vredens Tid, the fourth studio album from Swedish Viking metallers Månegarm (released 2005; with the cover art designed by Kris Verwimp), seems fairly standard fare for a Nordic-themed metal band. And you wouldn't be wrong. However, what does differentiate this album from its many peers is what the … Continue reading Analysing Album Art: Månegarm – Vredens Tid

Analysing Album Art: Behemoth – The Apostasy

By Prarthana Venunathan Art and music go hand-in-hand. Something I have always done before listening to an album or EP, is to look at the cover artwork and see what I am able to understand from it; understand being the key word. While this may seem a very 'judging-a-book-by-it's-cover' habit, I've always found the key … Continue reading Analysing Album Art: Behemoth – The Apostasy