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Skøv – Skøv (S/R)

Let me tell you what I know about this band. Skøv are a black punk metal band from Poland, and formed in 2017. I was told beforehand that they sound like the Norwegian band Kverletak. Add rock n roll to… Continue Reading →

Hope Drone – Void Lustre (Moment of Collapse Records)

Prior to this album, I wasn’t familiar with Hope Drone. I now know that their core style is a blend of black metal, sludge and post rock. “Void Lustre” follows an album in 2015, and an EP and single before… Continue Reading →

[ówt krì] Primal (Sombre Soniks)

I was forewarned to expect an “earthly and ritual feel” from this latest work of dark ambience from [ówt krì]. From the outset we are swept away into an echo chamber, intensified by a constant solemn drone and a distant… Continue Reading →

Sertraline – From Both Our Hands (Hypnotic Dirge)

First of all, for clarification this is Sertraline from the cold climes of Buffalo, USA, not the north of England one. Second, my enquiries took me to an anti-depressant of the same name. This Sertraline, whose second EP this is… Continue Reading →

Grima – Will of the Primordial (Naturmacht)

As the UK basks temporarily in a heatwave, what better thing to listen to than “eight ice-cold tracks, filled with gloomy atmosphere, bringing the fragile beauty and hostility of Siberian nature to life”. This is Grima’s third album release. “Siberian… Continue Reading →

Svadilfare – Fortapte Roetter (Naturmacht Productions)

No-one quite does it like the Norwegians do. The Bergen based black metal band Svadilfare’s fourth album starts with a withering, cold beat, and the epic chorus of Viking warriors. From “Tenn Flammen Taa Ny” we go to war. The… Continue Reading →

Aeon Winds – Stormveiled (Avantgarde Music)

Being one who is partial to symphonic black metal and in particular Limbonic Art and Emperor with whose style this Slovakian band has been compared, this album was of great interest before I’d even heard a note. This is Aeon… Continue Reading →

Kval – Laho (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

So it’s back to life, emptiness and chaos from the solo artist Kval from Finland who professes to a liking for Burzum. This is a follow up to his impressively bleak self-titled release of 2017. “Laho” comprises five weighty pieces…. Continue Reading →

Judaswiege, Moribundo, Sönambula, Barbarian Swords – Tetrarchia ex Bestia (Negre Plany Records)

This split album comprises around hour’s material from four underground bands from Spain. Starting proceedings and waking me violently from any slumber that I may have been in is Judaswiege. Fast hard and thrashing, this assault is unrelenting, and supported… Continue Reading →

Tørrential – Chameleon Wasteland (S/R)

The notes that come with this EP are gracious, and suggest a good deal of intensity. The explanation and much more that this work is the artist’s “sonic trip through inner doubt and emotions” is all the more remarkable for… Continue Reading →

Superstition – The Anatomy of Unholy Transformation (20 Buck Spin)

Now be careful – if you’re looking this band up as a search it will take you to a five piece premier wedding and functions band. This is not they, nor is it the Superstition from Chicago. This is the… Continue Reading →

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