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Rauhnåcht – Unterm Gipfelthron (Debemur Morti)

Rauhnåcht – Unterm Gipfelthron (Debemur Morti)

I’m always in favour of artists using their surroundings so the fact that Rauhnåcht, a solo project from Austria with various session musicians to support him, has this epithet is welcome. The “gipfel” of the title normally means the mountain top so music to match.. Read More
New Light Choir – Torchlight (Svart Records)

New Light Choir – Torchlight (Svart Records)

Many things came into my head while I was listening to this album, which is a good thing, but I cannot accept the claim that New Light Choir “are devoid of the trappings of retro worship”. I’d agree that “retro worship” is too strong a.. Read More
Zapruder – S/T (Apathia)

Zapruder – S/T (Apathia)

“Friendship, fun and rock n roll” is the statement behind this mind-twisting album from Zapruder. At its musical heart is a mathcore style strongly reminiscent of Dillinger Escape Plan, so you can expect to be screamed at. The manic screaming and hardcore assault may seem.. Read More
Prophetic Scourge – Calvary (Klonosphere)

Prophetic Scourge – Calvary (Klonosphere)

Eight lengthy tracks with prefixes from “The Penitent” to “The Cultist” suggest an edgy progressiveness but in a very dark way, and that’s broadly what we have from this French quintet. “The Penitent – Confrère de la Miséricorde” sets out by throwing brutal, technical death.. Read More
Sick Of It All – Wake the Sleeping Dragon! (Century Media)

Sick Of It All – Wake the Sleeping Dragon! (Century Media)

Hardcore isn’t exclusively a New York phenomenon, but it is appropriate to the gritty city. Sick Of It All have been doing it loud and proud for 32 years, and are now on their twelfth album. If I were to sum up their appeal in.. Read More
Apatheia – Konstelacja Dziur (Godz of War)

Apatheia – Konstelacja Dziur (Godz of War)

This black metal album is the debut from Apatheia, but since top quality musicians, especially in extreme genres, seem to grow on trees in their native Poland, I had no concerns. The title means “constellation of holes”. After a suitably menacing beginning, a man with.. Read More
Angrrsth – Znikąd (Godz of War)

Angrrsth – Znikąd (Godz of War)

“From Nowhere” is the translation of this EP from black metal band Angrrsth. Actually they come from Toruń in Poland, and this is their debut work. The first track is a bit of a riot – harsh as hell of course as it’s Polish, heavy,.. Read More
ówt krì – Ximenes (S/R)

ówt krì – Ximenes (S/R)

It’s always a pleasure to hear from the Finnish soundmeister Kenneth Kovasin a.k.a. ówt krì. Both “New Seed” and “Pilgrimage” are thought-provoking and mind-opening in a way that we’re allowed to develop our own thoughts without any form of prescription or polluting start point. I.. Read More
ProgPower Europe - JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 3

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 3

Sunday 6th October The UK dominated the afternoon with three representatives of the not-always-so-united kingdom appearing in the afternoon. The first of them was Temples on Mars from London. Energy was in the air as Temples on Mars started with some faintly eastern-sounding strong rock,.. Read More
Clone Culture – S/T (Lifeforce Records)

Clone Culture – S/T (Lifeforce Records)

I hadn’t realised that Milan was one of the epicentres of post punk and dark wave in the 1980s until I read the attachment that came with this. Well they recognise Joy Division and The Cure, and having heard this album I would add Billy.. Read More
ProgPower Europe - JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 2

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 2

Saturday 5th October A highlight at this festival for me is the exposure of bands from the host country. Saturday’s line-up started with one such in Golden Caves. There wasn’t a full house yet but 70 or 80 isn’t a bad number for 1.30 in.. Read More