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Interview – Saqra’s Cult

2019 certainly got off to a fiery start courtesy of The 9th King, second album from Belgian band Saqra’s Cult. Although fairly new on the scene with debut demo ‘Initiation To Forgotten Rites’ being unleashed in 2015 the quartet have… Continue Reading →

A Pale Horse Named Death – When The World Becomes Undone (Long Branch Records)

Normally you would associate anything musical hailing from Brooklyn to be of the hardcore variety, but there is a darker, heavier and suffocating presence which lurks in the depths of it. Originally, this beast was Type O Negative, but since… Continue Reading →

Ondfodt – Dodsrikets Kallelse (Immortal Frost Productions)

Ondfodt are back, four years after unleashing their uncompromising ‘Hexkonst’ on the world, and they are well and truly cementing their position within the ranks of the Finnish black metal elite. ‘Dodsrikets kallelse’ opens up with an intro that demonstrates… Continue Reading →

Son of Cain – Closer To The Edge (Raging Planet)

On first looking at the sleeve of ‘Closer To The Edge’ with its oh so American muscle car on the front, opening track of ‘Hit The Road’, and band member names of “Nasty A” and “Rattlesnake”, Sons of Cain must… Continue Reading →

Flotsam And Jetsam – The End Of Chaos (AFM Records)

Now, while I know that Flotsam And Jetsam have been around for a really long time and have plenty of albums under their belt, the only one I’ve ever actually heard before is ‘No Place For Disgrace’, and that was… Continue Reading →

Perverticon – Wounds Of Divinity (Iron Bonehead)

Recently I have been reading the most sacred tome on the subject of Black Metal that is Lords Of Chaos written by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind. This may come as a surprise but it is my first read through… Continue Reading →

Skald – Vikings Chant (Decca / Universal)

Without going too far into the whys and wherefores apparently French composer/producer Christophe Voisin-Boisvinet found three singers whose voices had ‘atypical timbres’. Nope, not sure myself and even less having listened to this. I do know he found three very… Continue Reading →

Swallow the Sun – Lumina Aurea EP + When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light album (Century Media)

Swallow the Sun’s previous album release “Songs from the North” (2015) was a triple album which captured different atmospheres and shades, cementing the Finnish band’s fine reputation. Based on that one, “When A Shadow is Forced Into The Light” as… Continue Reading →

Mono – Nowhere Now Here (Pelagic Records)

Post-rock is dead. There, I’ve said it. The genre has been creatively bleeding out for years now with repetition after repetition and a total lack of new and creative ideas, making one release sound much like every other. However, when… Continue Reading →

Hecate Enthroned – Embrace Of The Godless Aeon (M –Theory Audio)

Extreme Metal is a funny term, much like Viking Metal and Alternative Metal it is a bit of a non-genre. By that I mean that it has no real annotations pointing to distinct features. Death Metal, Black Metal or even… Continue Reading →

Krukh – Безглуздість Absurdity (I, Voidhanger)

What to bond over as metalheads when you meet a stranger in a strange land? Metal of course. Black Metal in this case. Ukrainian Markov Soroka and Uzbek Nyzam Salimbayev met in the US, both immigrants, and discovered that, apart… Continue Reading →

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