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Intronaut – Fluid Existential Inversions (Metal Blade)

I appreciated the imaginative patterns of Intronaut’s “Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words with Tones)” (2013) if not the vocals. Since then they released a further album “Direction of All Things”, and now this, their sixth album release. I did actually see… Continue Reading →

Nachtterror – Judgement (Hypnotic Dirge)

Symphonic Black Metal band Nachtterror…no, hang on, merely using the term “Symphonic Black Metal” does not do Nachtterror justice. OK, as labels go, it’s not a million miles away and yes there are plenty of Symphonic Black Metal elements to… Continue Reading →

Insect Ark – The Vanishing (Profound Lore)

Whether it’s me or the music, or a combination of both, I can’t really say, but Insect Ark’s compositions always remind me of certain literature. With Marrow Hymns (2018) I had to think of the writing of the Bronte Sisters… Continue Reading →

Saturnalia Temple – Gravity (Listenable)

I don’t know why but I always view Doom as a bit of an afterthought when it comes to the bigger Metal genres, which is strange given the impact it has had through the likes of Black Sabbath. I’m no… Continue Reading →

Maeskyyrn – Interlude (Hypnotic Dirge)

Ooo, here’s an oddity. This is the debut full length by Quebec based black metal band Maeskyyrn, but I have to say it doesn’t at first sight seem to fit in with the stuff I usually listen to from that… Continue Reading →

Dark Fortress – Spectres From The Old World (Century Media)

No band does fear, misanthropy or creepy, agonising death better than Dark Fortress. If you don’t believe me, check out any of their albums but in particular “Séance” (2006), in my view one of the greatest black metal albums of… Continue Reading →

Ars Veneficium – Usurpation Of The Seven (Immortal Frost)

Musical black magic and sorcery from Belgium here with the return of Ars Veneficium. You know just what you are getting with them too. No beating around the bush with their form of blasphemy, just punishing and spiteful true black… Continue Reading →

Slaughter Messiah – Cursed to the Pyre (High Roller)

Belgium’s deadly thrashers…a statement of fact from the PR material. Their earlier material has made waves for myself and I could not wait to hear their new output. One thing that is a touch missing is the large striking band… Continue Reading →

The Hu, Fire From The Gods – Manchester Ritz 12/02/2020

The Hu have literally stormed out of Mongolia much like the great hordes of centuries ago and conquered rock and metal. Since going viral with “Yuve Yuve Yu” in late 2018 and a string of festival performances and short tours… Continue Reading →

Mondo Generator – Fuck It (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Fans of Mondo Generator must be salivating at the release of this album. Eight long years have passed since Nick Oliveri’s wrecking crew last unleashed their own brand of havoc. Not that the ex-Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age… Continue Reading →

Throne of Iron – Adventure One (No Remorse)

I have followed the development of this project via an online music platform; this is the debut full-length release by Indiana residents that originally was conceived as a solo project by Tucker Thomasson (vocals and guitar) the night after the… Continue Reading →

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