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Leprous - Malina (Inside Out Music)

Leprous – Malina (Inside Out Music)

Watching Leprous is a highly visual experience – sharp movements, strong colours a heavily orchestrated, almost military in delivery. The music has always been at the original end of the progressive metal spectrum, and has become more knife-sharp in line with live performance. After the.. Read More
Der Weg einer Freiheit – Finisterre (Season of Mist)

Der Weg einer Freiheit – Finisterre (Season of Mist)

I very much appreciated Der Weg einer Freiheit’s previous release “Stellar” (2015), which had atmospheric power, intensity and fluidity, so I had high hopes for this one, the band’s fourth album. “A human can never become an animal”, philosophises a lady in German to a.. Read More
Ljosazabojstwa – Sychodžańnie (Hellthrasher)

Ljosazabojstwa – Sychodžańnie (Hellthrasher)

We’re warned to prepare for a 32 minute descent to a bottomless pit. Having reviewed this Belarusian band’s 2016 demo “Staražytnaje licha”, I can believe that. Ominous gothic chimes set us on the evil path – nothing exceptional to be truthful – and then the.. Read More
Persecutory – Towards the Ultimate Extinction (Godz ov War)

Persecutory – Towards the Ultimate Extinction (Godz ov War)

The band name and album title give no doubt that this is a blackened death death work. The band in question is from Turkey and this is their first full album release following an EP “Perversion Feeds Our Force” in 2016. My first impression was.. Read More
Reverorum ib Malacht - Ter Agios Numini (The Ajna Offensive)

Reverorum ib Malacht – Ter Agios Numini (The Ajna Offensive)

This band from Sweden started out in 2005 with the intriguingly titled demo “What do You Think of the Old God, We Call Him Judas?”, since then a further two demos and three albums of black ambience including this one have been added. The album.. Read More
Brain Story – madeinside (S/R)

Brain Story – madeinside (S/R)

A Polish guy called Mariusz Kumala has created a progressive psychedelic rock project depicting musical space travel. “madeinside” is its latest incarnation. “madeinside” is indeed like a journey through the clouds. Echoing, synthesised voices, cosmic interventions and other wordliness are part of the adventure, notably.. Read More
End of Green – Void Estate (Napalm Records)

End of Green – Void Estate (Napalm Records)

“Dark. Loud. Stuttgart” is what’s written about End of Green. I’m not sure what image I’m supposed to have of Stuttgart other than a picture of urban Germany. I’m not entirely convinced about the “loud” part either as what I was listening to was a.. Read More
Gravdal - Kadaverin (Soulseller Records)

Gravdal – Kadaverin (Soulseller Records)

Just the mention of Norwegian black metal sends shivers down the spine, and in many respects Gravdal’s third album has many of the classic aspects – withering, spiteful riffs, and a cold and lingeringly deathly air. The title track opens up proceeding and immediately sets.. Read More
Timeworn – Venomous High (S/R)

Timeworn – Venomous High (S/R)

My interest was aroused immediately when a melodic beat, accompanied by a strange and deep chorus, blended into an explosion of heaviness. The rumbling beat and progressive post metal thunder continue. From this opening it would seem that Norwegian band Timeworn do not worry about.. Read More
Russkaja – Kosmopoliturbo (Napalm)

Russkaja – Kosmopoliturbo (Napalm)

Advertised as “Russian Turbo Polka from Vienna”, Russkaja’s unusual brand of music had passed me by until now. They cannot be serious? Actually, I don’t think they are. The opener “Hey Road” is a jolly mix of ska and mariachi, or as they put it.. Read More
Tchornobog – S/T (I, Voidhanger)

Tchornobog – S/T (I, Voidhanger)

The man behind this work talks about wrestling with his own demons. Accordingly this self-titled album of four long tracks is about psychological disorder and hallucinations. So the initially deep and deathly “The Vomiting Tchornobog (Slithering Gods Of Cognitive Dissonance)” finds itself descending into imperious.. Read More
Kval – S/T (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

Kval – S/T (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

The sleeve notes usefully tell us that Kval’s debut album “includes slow, agonising material from 2013 to 2016”. This album was originally conceived in 2015 but under the mantle of Khaossos. Life, emptiness and chaos are what drives this one man atmospheric black metal project.. Read More