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Tragediens Trone – S/T (Osmose)

Although it has been 13 years since this group released a demo they suddenly are signed to Osmose and are unleashing a debut album. Not bad really and there are reasons they are sitting comfortably on their throne of tragedy… Continue Reading →

Misery Loves Co – Zero (Black Lodge)

Happy? / Sad? Well you can be both now as these Swedish miserabilists are back and they are looking for company. Took them long enough though, 19 years since last album Your Vision Was Never Mine To Share back in… Continue Reading →

Obsequiae – The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings (20 Buck Spin)

Melding what initially sound like disparate strands of music together is nothing new and experimentation is something that can either keep things fresh or simply become a gimmick. It’s very much the former case as far as Obsiquiae, the vision… Continue Reading →

Jaz Coleman – Magna Invocatio (Spinefarm)

Or to give this its full title and let you know exactly what to expect Magna Invocatio – A Gnostic Mass for Choir And Orchestra Inspired by the Sublime Music of Killing Joke. And why not indeed? At the start… Continue Reading →

Qayin Regis – Doctrine (Blackseed Productions)

Well one thing is assured, Qayin Regis certainly have a doctrine and here be it. “QAYIN REGIS’ Black Metal is orthodox and consciously based in the spiritual gnostic syncretization of the Spanish black magic, the cult of Death and the… Continue Reading →

Havohej – Table Of Uncreation (Hells Headbangers)

As if we haven’t had enough blasphemy from recent Profanatica, Havohej are back after a long silence of 10 years between albums as well. The first album from Paul Ledney’s solo project ‘Dethrone The Son Of God’ is considered a… Continue Reading →

Asphodèle – Jours Pâles (Ladlo Productions)

The flowers of Asphodèle may have only just bloomed but one look at the cast list of this brand-new French band was all I needed to grab the album and put it on my review pile. For a start we… Continue Reading →

[Dolch] – Feuer (Van)

Still keeping up an air of anonymity in the Internet age, which is something increasingly difficult to do, you won’t find a huge amount of information about the players in German act [Dolch]. Their first couple of releases came from… Continue Reading →

Bölzer – Lese Majesty (Lightning & Sons)

After keeping us waiting 8 years for their debut, ‘Hero’, it would appear Swiss duo, Bölzer, are in no hurry to provide a follow-up, opting instead for yet another EP with ‘Lese Majesty’. Having toured extensively, the majority of Bölzer’s… Continue Reading →

Frozen Ocean / Heather Grave – Beyond Anemomautics (Spectral Halls)

Hurrah Vaarwel is back and not with just Frozen Ocean but a new project too on this split release. Last time we heard from him here it was with The Prowess Of Dormination at the beginning of 2016 but he… Continue Reading →

Slow – VI – Dantalion (Code666)

We had only just been ravaged by Belgium multi-instrumentalist Déhà’s latest album under the Merda Mundi moniker when Slow’s 6th opus dropped in and the two discs could not be further apart. The former play caustic black metal with anti-humanist… Continue Reading →

Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence (Season Of Mist)

Not a band who can actually be rushed in any way, it’s been a fairly long wait for Esoteric to deliver the follow up to 2011 album Paragon of Dissonance. Fans have been well catered for though due to plenty… Continue Reading →

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