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Haken, Vola, Bent Knee – London Islington Assembly Hall 16/3/19

The Islington Assembly Hall is a nice venue. Tonight there were plenty of people to enjoy it. Unfortunately the last time I was here was the same tragic night that a terrorist attack took place at the Manchester Arena. There… Continue Reading →

Usurper – Lords of the Permafrost (Soulseller Records)

From the mist-covered eerie at the top of Castle Ave Noctum, Thee Editor sends trained bats bearing lists of albums to be reviewed down to the homes of the loyal staff. Now, being a cove of advanced age, most of… Continue Reading →

High Reeper – Higher Reeper (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Sometimes the name of a band can really describe their sound. For example, if the band name sounds like a Klingon coughing up a stubbornly lodged pubic hair, you’re probably right to assume it will be an extreme metal act…. Continue Reading →

Obscuring Veil – Fleshvoid To Naught (I, Voidhanger Records)

With just four tracks, only two of which could be considered songs in the traditional sense, my initial impression of “Fleshvoid To Naught” was dismay at what appeared to be an incoherent jumble of half formed ideas drowning in a… Continue Reading →

Gatekeeper + Sanhedrin – Arena Wien 13/3/19

Don’t you feel right at home and among your kind in the dodgy atmosphere of an underground club? With the stickers, the graffiti, and the smell of yesterday’s spilled beer? I do. I had never been to the Arena in… Continue Reading →

Waylander – Eriu’s Wheel (Listenable Records)

Funny how time gathers speed as you roll downhill into the grave. Seasons begun to whirl instead of waltz and intentions gather dust in the corner as you struggle to keep pace with the dance. Sadly Waylander were one of… Continue Reading →

Undead Prophecies – Sempiternal Void (Listenable Records)

Death metal, eh? I mean, one minute there you are in a thrash metal t-shirt and drinking cider down the park listening to “Scream Bloody Gore”, you blink, and then the next moment you’re rapidly approaching your mid 40s, and… Continue Reading →

The Haunting Green – Natural Extinctions (Hypnotic Dirge)

How about some Eco-doom from Italian duo The Haunting Green? ‘Natural Extinctions’ is the first full-length recording from Cristiano Perin (guitar, vocals, and electronics) and drummer/vocalist Chantal Fresco, and is a potent brew of experimental dirge, and persuasive power. A… Continue Reading →

Nusquama – Horizon Ontheem (Eisenwald)

A bit of Dutch black metal never did anyone any harm, and here we have some from Nusquama, whose members play with Fluisteraars, Laster and Turia. “De Aarde Dorst” starts and continues with magnificent, fiery intensity. Hairs are made to… Continue Reading →

Satyagraha – An Insistence on Truth (S/R Demo)

The first thing is that this demo is by Satyagraha from Perlis in Malaysia, not any of the alternatives of the same name out there. The term satyagraha itself is best known for meaning passive political resistance in the Gandhi… Continue Reading →

Devil Master – Satan Spits On Children Of Light (Relapse Records)

Well here’s a big slice of frantic metal joy! Devil Master are a quartet hailing from Philadelphia that play an unholy mash up of blackened death metal and punk with a liberal dollop of goth rock – think Nunslaughter playing… Continue Reading →

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