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Pénitence Onirique – Vestige (LADLO Productions)

Looking up this French atmospheric black metal act online there are striking shots of them playing live wearing strange pagan like gold masks that are certainly interesting aesthetically. Far removed from the one-man solitary figure found in much of the… Continue Reading →

Into Coffin – Unconquered Abysses (Terror From Hell)

I’m not the sort of person to do things by halves, if I’m into something then I’m into it in a big way. Again, this can be a detriment as I can often times become caught up in my own… Continue Reading →

Reveal! – Scissorgod (Sepulchral Voice)

My first experience with Sweden’s Reveal was putting their debut ‘Nocturne of Eyes and Teeth’ as my number one album of 2011. ‘Scissorgod’ represents their third release with a style now difficult to pin down. Black, death, thrash, even avant-garde,… Continue Reading →

Osi And The Jupiter – Nordlige Rúnaskog (Eisenwald)

A band’s name is its shop window, their one opportunity to create that all important first impression and the name may well determine whether someone actually gives them a listen or simply skips past them. As such, it is important… Continue Reading →

Leaves Eyes, Sirenia, Forever Still – Manchester Bread Shed 28/11/18

The dreaded curse of the M62 morphed my usual 50 minute transition across the Pennines into a colossal 3 hour trip and subsequently ensured I missed the first 2 bands on the Female Metal Voices touring package. News also started… Continue Reading →

The Wraith – Gloom Ballet (Southern Lord)

The holiday season is approaching, and The Wraith from Los Angeles with one Brit among them are evoking some ghosts of the past in good old British Christmas tradition fashion. Settled somewhere between goth rock, punk and post-punk Gloom Ballet… Continue Reading →

Echolons))) – Idea Of A Labyrinth (Tonzonen Records)

German Progressive Rock quartet Echolons))) formed in the early 2000’s in Frankfurt Am Main and have a different approach to the one I prefer when it comes to the music they create on the Progressive Rock spectrum. Whereas I usually… Continue Reading →

Hypno5e – A Distant Dark Source (Pelagic Records)

French Cinematographic metal? I feel like I should be wearing a black polo neck and smoking a Gitanes.  This quartet hail from Montpellier not the back streets of Paris and have been crafting their blend of prog, extreme metal and soundtrack… Continue Reading →

Tenebra – Gen Nero (S/R)

A new addition to the retro doom/psych movement are Italian quartet Tenebra, launching a 6 tracker under their own steam this year. It’s actually 6 tracks of a similar vibe that the band like to be viewed as a single… Continue Reading →

Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy & Hypocrisy – Manchester Apollo 29/11/19

The Vikings had landed, and they had brought some uber guests with them in the guise of Arch Enemy and Hypocrisy. On my arrival, security informed me that the gig was sold out and this was obviously evident by the… Continue Reading →

Fen – The Dead Light (Prophecy Productions)

Maintaining a level of prolificity that never feels rushed, Fen are named for the low-lying agricultural marshlands of East Anglia from whence they originally came and subsequently draw influence for their unique brand of progressive post-black metal. Forming in 2006… Continue Reading →

Mara – RÖK (Immortal Frost)

This year has seen a deluge of decent black metal albums from both familiar and unfamiliar bands alike. So, it’s hardly surprising to see another strong contender coming late in the year with an album that screams so loud with… Continue Reading →

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