Blaze Bayley’s new album War Within Me is out, and as fans of his work with Iron Maiden and the majority of his solo stuff we had to check it out. Continue reading
Dutch death/black metal band Codex Mortis is about to unleash its debut album upon the world on the second of April and we were eager to check it out. Let’s dig in. Continue reading
Every relationship needs a healthy break sometimes, and after a prolonged one with Dutch sympho metallers Epica we’re ready to give them another try. Continue reading
Sweden’s Tribulation is back with a vengeance. Does the gloom actually become sound here? Let’s find out. Continue reading
We kick off the year with a deep dive into Nordic folklore, courtesy of Wardruna‘s Kvitravn. Continue reading
2020, in a lot of ways, was a massive clusterfuck of a year. As it gradually progressed, we were more and more trapped inside. Concerts and festivals were understandably cancelled or indefinitely postponed and with only one proper concert under our collective belts, we here at Sounds from the Dark Side have seen better, more productive and overall happier times. The upside, as always, is the same: at least we still have music. And because staying at home provides with a lot more time to actually sit down and listen to albums, we’ve extended this year’s album lists with an extra ten entries each, giving you even more stuff to check out. Here we go.
From the cold north of southern Finland (wait, what?) comes Havukruunu with their third release, fusing viking metal with black and adding big, manly choirs to the mix, making this one of the more enjoyable extreme metal releases of the year. Continue reading
English retro rockers Wytch Hazel strike again with their third and perhaps best album to date. We investigated. Continue reading