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Testament – Titans of Creation (Nuclear Blast)

Testament are quite easily one of my favourite thrash bands, and like the majority of them, come from the Bay Area. That could be because I was introduced to most of them by a kid from Oakland that was over… Continue Reading →

Live Burial – Unending Futility (Transcending Obscurity)

It’s nice to see bands grow, when you can remember seeing them as some tiny band in a pub only to witness them be signed to a more major label. It can of course ruin bands making them play to… Continue Reading →

Enepsigos – Wrath Of Wraths (Osmose)

A bit late getting to this one but the simple fact is that whilst the bigger labels and the commercial side of music is in a panic and pushing back releases the underground black metal world is parasitically spreading its… Continue Reading →

Paul Catten – The Beauty of Decay (S/R)

As we battle through a global pandemic, on lockdown, removed from normal life, contained within our own brick-built prisons, introspection and self-analysis are a natural by-product of this enforced hibernation. For those respecting the government’s wishes to remain inside and… Continue Reading →

Dool – Summerland (Prophecy)

It’s true that there is not a huge amount to look forward to at the moment and we have to take the pleasures where we can. Thank goodness for music and this is something that I and no doubt anyone… Continue Reading →

tētēma – Necroscape (Ipecac Recordings)

Whatever microtonal psychoacoustics are, they’re here. This comes along with otherworld groove, industrial noise, odd-time rock and “musique concrète”. This strange sounding combo with a theme based on isolation in the surveillance all adds up to fun, apparently. Without listening… Continue Reading →

Spell – Opulent Decay (Bad Omen Records)

Spell are an interesting 3 piece band from Canada on their third album. Purveyors of retro flavoured hard rock/metal and with two members of the band (the bassist and the drummer) sharing vocal duties. Aha! Just like fellow Canadians Triumph… Continue Reading →

Jim Davies – Headwars (Extreme Music)

It’s always a little unnerving when you see a new release from someone who, whilst exists as a stalwart of the metal scene has, nevertheless, lived in the relative shadows, playing his part but never the main attraction, always a… Continue Reading →

WVRM – Colony Collapse (Prosthetic Records)

Hailing from Greenville, South Carolina, Grindcore four-piece WVRM, have been around for a while now, birthing a couple of split albums and a two full length efforts which, whilst not straying too far from the Grindcore playbook, offered enough distinguishable… Continue Reading →

Solothus – Realm Of Ash And Blood (20 Buck Spin)

Finnish doom, eh? Well doom death bordering on the funereal anyway. ‘Father Of Sickness’ crawls out of the blocks like a slightly more animated Unholy with a kind of sense of that first Paradise Lost album in the eerie and… Continue Reading →

Void Of Sleep – Metaphora (Aural Music)

Void Of Sleep are a five piece band who hail from Ravenna, Italy, and much like their peers, the excellent Psychedelic Witchcraft, they play a rather mind-bending variant of doom. Unlike their peers however, Void Of Sleep focus more on… Continue Reading →

Witches Of Doom – Funeral Radio (My Kingdom Music)

Italian Metal band Witches Of Doom certainly have a difficult sound to pin down. The name suggests maybe an Electric Wizard style Doom, maybe a St. Vitus style, or at the very least an orange-amped fuzz-laden retro outfit, but Witches… Continue Reading →

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