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ACxDC – Satan Is King (Prosthetic Records)

It would be fair, to the uninitiated, to write off  a band with a moniker, that is so deliberately obtuse, decidedly antagonistic and damn right comedic, as a joke, non-serious, detritus that belongs in the same bucket of slop as… Continue Reading →

Blaze Of Sorrow – Absentia (Eisenwald)

This is the sixth album by 13 year old black metal band Blaze Of Sorrow, and if you’ve never heard of them, it might have a little to do with the fact that they sing Italian lyrics which may not… Continue Reading →

Order of Orias – Ablaze (W.T.C. Productions)

My first encounter with Order of Orias was around the time of its split with Aosoth about five years ago – and what a collaboration that was. Splits and EPs often feel more liberating than full length releases, unbound as… Continue Reading →

Hraun – Black Molten Essence (FDA Records)

I’m a dad of two, and I am not a great cook. It is fair to say that when I am called upon to provide sustenance for my two by now not-so-mini offspring, unless it is something that I can… Continue Reading →

An Autumn For Crippled Children – All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet (Prosthetic)

An Autumn For Crippled Children are a true Marmite band. Despised by many as the epitome of the hipster assault on the TRVE and KVLT unholiness of Black Metal they are often the anonymous whipping boys on many a social… Continue Reading →

Witchcraft – Black Metal (Nuclear Blast)

Okay folks, I have to admit, the editor of this esteemed site put out a review list, and as I skimmed through it after a night shift of overtime I saw the words “Black Metal” and didn’t probe further, immediately,… Continue Reading →

The Spirit Cabinet – Bloodlines (Van Records)

Looks like I completely misjudged this one when I chose it for review. Traditional heavy metal sounded good to me, I like traditional heavy metal, but this is metal of a rather pompous, theatrical, and maybe a little bit silly… Continue Reading →

Morte Lune – Temple of Flesh (Purity through Fire)

From Cumbria comes black metal and dark ambience. This is the band’s first EP, after the previous release of a demo and participation in a split called “Cumbrian Metal Part 1”. There is pedigree in the trio, with representation in… Continue Reading →

Cirith Ungol – Forever Black (Metal Blade)

Cirith…. What? Really? THE Cirith Ungol? The legendary 80s US band? That eccentric, original, ground-breaking metal band? After nearly 30 years? That Cirith Ungol? Fuck me. It is. Oh, lords of chaos, bless me… Yeah. Yeah it is. And with… Continue Reading →

Funeralopolis – Of Deceit And Utter Madness (Memento Mori Records)

You may recognise this band’s moniker from a song of the same name by Electric Wizard and whilst this Swiss act has a doom like aura they underpin their all their songs with a death metal foundation to produce a… Continue Reading →

Chronus – Idols (Listenable)

“Chronus is a bright, shining addition to the future of metal” (David Ellefson [Megadeth]) With a supporting statement like that, the stakes are certainly high for the Swedish four piece Chronus. The band, hailing from Helsingborg in the southern parts… Continue Reading →

Blasphamagoatachrist – Bastardizing The Purity (Nuclear War Now)

Is War Metal the trvest genre of all? Or is it just a little too try hard? I care less and less about being ‘kvlt’ everyday, life’s too short, just have fun (damn I sound lame). Despite this pathetic rambling… Continue Reading →

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