Feast upon the obscure, dishevelled black metal of Brazil's Thyrkron within.
This incarnation of Impiety is a taut and disciplined force of destruction that more than lives up to the album's title.
"What is black metal? How much of yourself should you invest in these two words? Maybe this energy should be invested in ourselves instead. Existence would perhaps begin to actually mean something."
Mgła of Poland have long ruled the upper echelons of intelligent black metal with an iron fist – this year they return to unleash With Hearts Toward None and assert their dominance.
South Africa's black metal underdogs speak of their journey from the practice room to grooves in wax.
Only a band with all the mystique, prestige and influence of Lunar Aurora can reawaken something quite profound within this cold husk.
As is tradition, it takes a Finnish band to show the others how to play funeral doom fit for the house of God.
The virtual mountains and glaciers of Skyrim are made all the more imposing by the grand soundtrack that accompanies the Dragonborn's adventures. LURKER puts the video game to one side to discover the artist responsible for these battle anthems.
The UK stoner rock heavyweights return with spliffs a-blazing to unleash this surprise hit.
"Pulsating hypnotic ecstasy" seems to aptly sum up composer Mario Diaz de Leon's new album.
Lurking in the heart of the Netherlands, another faceless unit rises to rend black metal's corpse asunder.