KAARNA: Kultataivaat, hopeaveet, unet helmiäistä Release year: 2022Label: Anima Arctica The eccentric and ever-shifting Kaarna have had a pretty steady release schedule. Since the one-man project’s debut album Comitatus Savolaxiae in 2019, the steady pace has been one album per … Continue reading Kaarna’s reveries under golden skies
DEATH IN JUNE: Nada-ized! Release year: 2022Label: New European Recordings I don’t remember exactly when, but it was already a couple of years ago that I stumbled upon Miro Snejdr’s retrosynth-style remixes of older Death In June tracks online. I … Continue reading Death in Juno
It’s been a while since we did one of these. In fact, looks like in all of Only Death Is Real’s history, we’ve only done one year round-up. High time for a second one, don’t you think? So, here are … Continue reading A year in summation: 2022
V/A: Unio Solidarium Release year: 2022Label: Old Captain This year it will be nine years since terrorist state Russia attacked Ukraine without any provocation or justification, and occupied parts of the Eastern European nation. Soon it will be a year … Continue reading Slava Ukraini!
Le Silence Des Ruines is a name you see popping up ever so often in connection to martial industrial and neofolk, but you’d be forgiven if you’ve never actually heard the project: even though Le Silence Des Ruines has been … Continue reading Le Silence Des Ruines: “The future will and must be ruins”
LE SILENCE DES RUINES: Prophéties D’Un Misanthrope Release year: 2022Label: Steinklang Industries Having released their self-titled debut EP already 12 years ago, French Le Silence Des Ruines aren’t exactly a new name in the biz. However, their physical discography is … Continue reading Of silence, ruins and misanthropy
ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO: Nihilist Notes (And The Perpetual Quest 4 Meaning In Nothing) Release year: 2022Label: Out Of Line Music As the EP La Fleur Du Mal (reviewed here) portended, the new Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio album sees the Swedish act … Continue reading Questing for a meaning in nothing
CAVERNA DELLE ROSE: Elysian Chants Release year: 2022Label: Slaughter In Art Consisting of musicians involved in projects such as Allerseelen and Camerata Mediolanense, and released by cult label Slaughter In Art – in fact the label’s first release in years … Continue reading Elysian chants in the cavern of roses
TERVAHÄÄT: Virtus Release year: 2022Label: Anima Arctica Virtus is a Roman word signifying – and I quote Wikipedia here for the sake of simplicity – “valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths”. In other words, a … Continue reading The virtus of Tervahäät
ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO: La Fleur Du Mal Release year: 2022Label: Out Of Line Music As with their 2019 album Let’s Play, Swedish apocalyptic romanticists Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio offer an advance taster for their forthcoming album in the form of an … Continue reading Are roses a flower of evil?