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Leeched – You Took The Sun When You Left (Prosthetic Records)

Leeched – You Took The Sun When You Left (Prosthetic Records)

For me, hardcore is one of those styles that whilst crude on the surface is not uniform and has a lot to offer. It would be too posh to call it a genre. Anger and energy stand at the centre. You can express your fury.. Read More
Manes – Slow Motion Death Sequence (Debemur Morti)

Manes – Slow Motion Death Sequence (Debemur Morti)

To cut a long story short involving temporary releases, compilations and different band names, Manes are from Trondheim in Norway and thoroughly impressed me with their creative album “Be All End All” (2014). The trick lies in the moods and atmospheres of this essentially experimental.. Read More
Carnation – Chapel of Abhorrence (Season of Mist)

Carnation – Chapel of Abhorrence (Season of Mist)

Belgian band Carnation are responsible for meaty death metal. Not bad for a band who shares its name with a brand of evaporated milk. In their five years of existence they’ve managed to get to Asia and this year toured alongside Pestilence in Brazil. Live.. Read More
Essenz – Manes Impetus (Amor Fati Productions)

Essenz – Manes Impetus (Amor Fati Productions)

Heavy and industrial …. it doesn’t have to be German but it is. Dirty rumblings and heinous growls get us under way on “Manes Impetus”, Essenz’s third album. Essenz are known for “bursts of transformation” in their music. What this means that in amongst the.. Read More
Redemption – Long Night’s Journey into Day (Metal Blade)

Redemption – Long Night’s Journey into Day (Metal Blade)

My recollection of Redemption from seeing them headlining at ProgPower Europe in 2011 is that they are big, brash and American. Since then they have replaced their then lead singer with Evergrey’s Tom Englund, acquired a keyboard player, and temporarily have lost their lead guitarist.. Read More
Phantom – Death Epic (I, Voidhanger)

Phantom – Death Epic (I, Voidhanger)

For fans of Rotting Christ, Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon and Morgul, it says. This is the Danish band’s second album release. Leaving aside those comparisons, what I heard was a gothic-orientated doom-death chamber of horrors. The clue is in the titles: “The Horror”, “Night Sweet Night”... Read More
Distorted Harmony – A Way Out (S/R)

Distorted Harmony – A Way Out (S/R)

I had to be reminded that I’d seen Distorted Harmony when they played at ProgPower Europe in 2016. That’s not the most auspicious start but the fact that they were there is good in itself. This nicely packaged album is in fact the third from.. Read More
Moonreich - Fugue (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions)

Moonreich – Fugue (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions)

I wasn’t sure what a fugue is other than the fact it’s associated with Bach. Well to cut a long story short, it’s about counterpoint and repetition. The song “Frère Jacques” is an example of it through the way it comes back on itself. Moonreich.. Read More
Akvan – Forgotten Glory (Shaytan Productions)

Akvan – Forgotten Glory (Shaytan Productions)

This is black metal from Iran – not a common event, I imagine. “Forgotten Glory” is influenced by Iran’s art, literature, history, mythology and music. Akvan have been active and productive since 2015. It starts with an ostensibly calming and wistful traditional piece, which puts.. Read More
Myrkvid – Demons are Inside (Immortal Frost)

Myrkvid – Demons are Inside (Immortal Frost)

French black metal is reliable and often edgy, so this second EP from Myrkvid and follow up to the “Pleasures of Hell” (2013) album attracted immediate interest. The album gets under way with a mish-mash of styles. First there’s the suggestion of death n roll,.. Read More