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The Funeral Orchestra – Negative Evocation Rites (Nuclear War Now)

This is where dark and gloomy meets harsh and gritty. The Funeral Orchestra from Sweden have not been the most prolific band in their 18-year career, this being only their third full length. In fact the band, recognisable by their cloaks… Continue Reading →

Mystras – Castles Conquered and Reclaimed (I, Voidhanger)

Ah let’s go back to dark medieval times when the common serfs were oppressed by the ruling elite and plague spread throughout the land. Errrr yes, well at least some things have changed. Seriously though, here we have “Medieval Black… Continue Reading →

Beyond the Event Horizon – Leaving the 3rd Dimension (S/R)

Seven years after formation, Polish instrumental alternative rock band Beyond the Event Horizon are now releasing their second album with an ep “FAR” between the two in 2018. A clue about their influence lies in the closing track here “Love… Continue Reading →

Ensiferum – Thalassic (Metal Blade)

Branded as Epic Folk Metal, Ensiferum’s journey has indeed been epic. And it gets more epic with every album – as time dictates it should. The band are the embodiment of epic, their music, lyrics, image – all epic, and… Continue Reading →

Entry – Detriment (Southern Lord)

A debut album, nine tracks, with a playtime of under twenty minutes – that alone should tell you what genre this belongs to. If it doesn’t, you literally must have been born yesterday. I’ll give you a hint: It’s not… Continue Reading →

Embr – 1823 (New Heavy Sounds)

I was wracking my brain to the significance of 1823 to historians and Doom fans alike.  Well I can now tell you that rollerskates were patented in that year and Brazil overthrew Portugal in the Bahia revolution. Interesting titbits but… Continue Reading →

Black Altar & Kirkebrann – Deus Inversus (Odium Records)

Over the years, “black metal” has become an ever widening genre label, and these days much of what is given this tag is barely recognisable from the genre’s roots, not only in terms of music but also attitude. On this… Continue Reading →

Skeleton – Skeleton (20 Buck Spin)

I call myself a Metalhead because I think that probably best suits my musical taste, I mean don’t get me wrong I listen to some weird stuff. One minute I’m listening to Manowar the next Eurovision songs (I probably just… Continue Reading →

Dawn of a Dark Age – La Tavola Osca (Antiq)

“Dedicated to the fully coherent concept of making music through sound, image, video and attitude”, the Antiq label has released an interesting album here. The principal artist is classical and jazz artist Vittorio Sabelli, who as Dawn of a Dark… Continue Reading →

Dee Calhoun – Godless (Argonauta Records)

It’s a simple and undeniable fact that I’ve had the privilege and joy of reviewing Dee Calhoun’s last two albums, ‘ Rotgut’ (2016) and ‘Go To The Devil’ (2018) for Ave Noctum (see reviews passim), and each time I’ve been… Continue Reading →

Ten Foot Wizard – Get Out Of Your Mind (Beard Of Zeus)

Let’s get one thing straight from the outset…Ten Foot Wizard are wicked good fun. Their oozy mix of party sized doom loaded with groove and funky swagger is damn infectious live. With “Get Out Of Your Mind”, the third album… Continue Reading →

Rebel Wizard – Magickal Mystical Indifference (Prosthetic)

If you give yourself a genre tag, you best make damn sure you’re unique or you live up to your title. If a band calls themselves Pathological Surgical Cavernous Death Thrash Punk then I’ll take it as a joke and… Continue Reading →

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