Spyros Stasis

Contributing writer at PopMatters, keeps on rambling about experimental and extreme music also for Invisible Oranges, Cvlt Nation and ScenePointBlank. @theSpyrus
MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of June 2024

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of June 2024

In June’s best metal, Crypt Sermon offer hooks in doom form, Insect Ark stay on the experimental path, and Ulcerate offer despair with technical death metal.

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of May 2024

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of May 2024

In May’s best metal, the Hope Conspiracy return to pure hardcore form, Unleash the Archers claim power metal fame and Primitive Warfare declare war against all.

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of April 2024

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of April 2024

In April’s best metal, Locrian fully establish their return, Benighted adorn their anguish in their darkened past, and Inter Arma lead in extreme metal.

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of March 2024

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of March 2024

In March’s best metal, Coffins and Slimelord define death/doom glory, Misotheist find beauty in raw black metal ugliness, and Prisoner attack the senses.

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of February 2024

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of February 2024

In best metal albums, Spectral Voice craft soul-wrenching death/doom, Borknagar’s unique blend remains relevant, and Darkspace dare us to stare into the abyss.

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of January 2024

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of January 2024

In best metal albums, Vemod elevate black metal to atmospheric heights, Beryllium innovate, and Dissimulator tap into a Voivod-ian vein with their death/thrash.

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of December 2023

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of December 2023

In best metal albums, Nothing and Full of Hell complete their unio oppositorum, Panopticon drive Appalachian folk through black metal and Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze decimate all.

The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2023

The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2023

This has proved a fantastic year for heavy music and metal, with masters impressing and newer artists shining. These are the best metal albums of 2023.

Yuko Araki’s ‘IV’: Torn Between Voice and Noise

Yuko Araki’s ‘IV’: Torn Between Voice and Noise

Experimentalist Yuko Araki highlights her vision’s first new element: the human voice, which was either absent or lost beneath the layers of havoc in the past.

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of November 2023

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of November 2023

In best metal albums, Cruciamentum ignite the old-school death metal flame, Morne merge hardcore and post-metal, and Autarkh commit to industrial machinations.

Gnaw Their Tongues – ‘The Cessation of Suffering’ (album premiere)

Gnaw Their Tongues – ‘The Cessation of Suffering’ (album premiere)

Gnaw Their Tongues: “We live in difficult times. This album needed to sound this way. I programmed and mangled sounds until they sounded harsh enough.”

Past and Future Clash in Gazelle Twin’s ‘Black Dog’

Past and Future Clash in Gazelle Twin’s ‘Black Dog’

Black Dog is reminiscent of Gazelle Twin’s past but also forges a new path. One that’s able not only to merge these disparate aspects but also to surpass them.