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Heir – Au Peuple de l’Abîme (LADLO Productions)

Heir – Au Peuple de l’Abîme (LADLO Productions)

French black metal has a good pedigree. Here’s another band, Heir, from Toulouse, who deliver “disillusioned post-black metal, dark, either fast or heavy, sometimes bright, but always dedicated to an atmosphere of contemplation or desolation”. Their CV so far comprises an EP and a split,.. Read More
Gothminister – The Other Side (AFM)

Gothminister – The Other Side (AFM)

The term “gothic” seems to have a particular meaning in Germany. My experience of rummaging around record stores there is that everything, including Opeth, counts as gothic. From the self-explanatory “Gothic Electronic Anthems” (2003) onwards, Gothminister have been pumping out dark electro metal. This one.. Read More
Power Quest – Sixth Dimension (Inner Wound Recordings)

Power Quest – Sixth Dimension (Inner Wound Recordings)

I remember watching Power Quest a few years ago. I am sure they were supporting Helloween and it was at the Camden Palace, or Koko as it now is. My recollection is of cheesy jollity. To their credit, Power Quest have established themselves internationally in.. Read More
Battle Dagorath - II: Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness (Avantgarde Music)

Battle Dagorath – II: Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness (Avantgarde Music)

As the title suggests, this album is a sequel. The first part “Dark Dragons of the Cosmos” was well received. The seemingly timeless Vinterriket is half of Battle Dagorath. What we’re led to expect here are distant and dreamlike ominous landscapes. These landscapes are ominously.. Read More
Himmellegeme – Myth of Earth (Karisma Records)

Himmellegeme – Myth of Earth (Karisma Records)

Psych rock and atmospheric prog rock are at the heart of this album from Norwegian band Himmellegeme, so it’s not surprising to see the points of reference as Sigur Rós, Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Jeff Buckley. To make this work, the sound has to be.. Read More
Isle Of Avalon – Tulgey Wood and the Table Rounde (S/R)

Isle Of Avalon – Tulgey Wood and the Table Rounde (S/R)

In all probability my ageing brain is fading but I am struggling think of British power metal bands. I did come up in my deliberations with Bal-Sagoth, and to a point there is a comparison here as Isle of Avalon promise classic fantasy tales of.. Read More
JoDöden - Sittandes i sjön med vatten över huvudet (Nordvis Produktion)

JoDöden – Sittandes i sjön med vatten över huvudet (Nordvis Produktion)

When I came across a site called Depressive Visions, which featured this work, it gave more than a clue what to expect. The gentleman behind this ambient, nature-driven work is from Sweden, and what is evident is that through his music he is sharing his.. Read More
Unsane - Sterilize (Southern Lord)

Unsane – Sterilize (Southern Lord)

Album ♯7 from Unsane, purveyors of New York’s post punk/hardcore, noise rock or whatever you want to call their style. Their career has spanned almost thirty years. My first encounter was their 2005 album “Blood Run” which mixed aggression with something very listenable. I confess.. Read More
Urarv – Aurum (Svart)

Urarv – Aurum (Svart)

This particular album has been a number of years in the making. At the head of Urarv is Björn Aldrahn Dencker of DHG and Thorns. His original idea was a folk-inspired solo album but as time went on, additional musicians came in and the musical.. Read More
Upcdownc – I, Awake (S/R)

Upcdownc – I, Awake (S/R)

As an accompaniment, I was invited to listen to the Shogun Assassin soundtrack, which is cited as an influence on this album. This edgy soundtrack is of fear, possession and revenge. So too fear, sleep, dreams and nightmares are integral to this work. “I, Awake”.. Read More
Arallu - Six (Transcending Obscurity)

Arallu – Six (Transcending Obscurity)

I’m always up for reviewing a band who are mentioned in the same breath as Rudra. Hopefully the expectation wasn’t going to be too high. Arallu are not from Singapore but from Israel, and given Rudra’s uniqueness it’s hard to imagine that there could be.. Read More