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Deadspawn – Pestilence Reborn (S/R)

I do like death metal albums that catapult the listener into a frenzied and demented assault the moment they start, as this US act does exactly that with their debut album following on from two EPs released five years ago… Continue Reading →

Dominia – The Withering Of The Rose (MSH Music Group)

Melancholy, inescapable heartache, night of despair, loss, exhausting, plaintive tears, velvet darkness. Just a few of the buzz-words in the promotional information that the record company kindly arms us writers with when preparing to do a review of this latest… Continue Reading →

Unreqvited – Mosaic II: la déteste et la détresse (Prophecy Productions)

Released on the same day as the phenomenal split with Sylvaine ‘Time Without End’, ‘Mosaic II’ is the fourth full length from Canadian one man project Unreqvited, and is the alter-ego to the previously released ‘Mosaic I’. Whereas ‘Mosaic I’… Continue Reading →

Sylvaine & Unreqvited – Time Without End (Prophecy Productions)

On the one hand, this is an unlikely pairing, but on the other it makes perfect sense and I know this is a bold statement but I don’t recall a split release ever being this coherent or synergistic. ‘Time Without… Continue Reading →

Horned Almighty – To Fathom The Master’s Grand Design (Scarlet Records)

I have been enjoying these horny Danes output since 1st hearing their Devil’s Music back in 2006 and continued following the musical exploits of Helpig, Harm, S and newer bassist Haxen ever since. Theirs is a brand of quite accessible… Continue Reading →

Acid Mammoth – Under Acid Hoof (Heavy Psych)

I’m forever trying to expand my music tastes. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not. I might go on a week long binge of Avant-Garde Opera only to find one that really sticks (Check out Le Grand Macabre by György Ligeti). Alas sometimes… Continue Reading →

Mortiis – Spirit Of Rebellion (Omnipresent / Dead Seed Productions)

Just for the record, I like goblins. Whereas the orcs and stuff get all the bad guy praise, poor little goblins are like the weird kid everyone picks on in the school yard. So hurrah for goblinses! Ahem. Sorry. Anyway… Continue Reading →

Svarttjern – Shame Is Just A Word (Soulseller)

It might be a new year but it’s still winter, long may it reign! For in the colder months my lust for Black Metal grows. I’m like a Corpse-painted hibernating animal who only emerges to the sound of Battles In… Continue Reading →

T.O.M.B. – Thin The Veil (Dark Essence)

Not to be confused with the many other tombs littering the metal graveyard this one are based in the US where they were formed over two decades ago. I remember them from previous Candlelight efforts such as Fury Nocturnus released… Continue Reading →

Enthroned, Schammasch, Caronte, Argesk – Manchester Rebellion 7/1/20

Tonight’s gig fell victim to a catalogue of changes, the move from its original base in Nottingham to the Rebellion in Manchester, and more recently the door times moving to the early shift of 18.00 hours prompt. . This together… Continue Reading →

Porta Nigra – Schöpfungswut (Soulseller)

Back in 2012 a dark delicious deutsche slab of musical decadence appeared in the form of debut album Fin de siècle from this German band. It also contained one of the catchiest songs of the year in the form of… Continue Reading →

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