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Howling Sycamore – Seven Pathways to Annihilation (Prosthetic Records)

Being familiar with Howling Sycamore’s 2018 self-titled debut, I was ready for another challenging experience. That one was at its heart a mind-expanding progressive metal experience. Ominously ex Ephel Duath lead Davide Tiso promises something “slightly more challenging” and a… Continue Reading →

Interview – Kenneth Kovasin [ówt krì]

Kenneth Kovasin has been releasing his ambient sound experimentations prolifically in the name of [ówt krì] since 2006. This year saw the release of the “Arra” album, [ówt krì]’s fifth, to add to six previous demos and numerous collaborations and… Continue Reading →

Hate – Auric Gates of Veles (Metal Blade Records)

The music of Hate is the epitome of Polish death metal. Discuss. Having been around for 28 years, the warmongering isn’t over yet. “Auric Gates of Veles” is the band’s eleventh album. I think it’s the sustained contempt which is… Continue Reading →

Embrace of Disharmony – De Rervm Natvra (My Kingdom Music)

In my book, it’s the sign of a good album when I finding myself asking what on earth am I listening to. This album is the first from this band from Rome since 2014. The sophistication of this album is… Continue Reading →

Buy Jupiter – Eclipse (Apathia Records)

Heavy, violent, technical … so begins this four track EP from French metallers Buy Jupiter. It may be trying to kill me with overpowering force, but it’s dynamic and I’m loving it. Djenty heavy tech death give way to a… Continue Reading →

Eridu – Lugalbanda (S/R)

Now why German band Eridu should be concerned with the legend of Lugalbanda from the ancient times of Mesopotamia is unclear. Even Rick Wakeman never managed that one. To be fair, the band clearly don’t work in half measures and… Continue Reading →

For All I Care – Forever and a Day (Boersma)

This band from Langenfeld in Germany purvey “nebenan Metal”, which broadly translates as “Metal from next door”. The sound quality of this album, the follow up to their debut ep “Everything Changes” (2017), has a next door quality about it…. Continue Reading →

Starless Domain – Eos (Pacific Threnodies / Black Horizon)

The deep field black metal that defines the style of this album is a reference to vast cosmic scenes. This 58 minute, single track episode starts with old style furious black metal drumming, but this is the foil for a… Continue Reading →

Laetitia in Holocaust – Fauci tra Fauci (Third I Rex)

From the historical city of Modena in the northern part of Italy come Laetitia in Holocaust with their unusual brand of black metal. “Fauci tra Fauci” is their third album release. Scornful and dirty is the way I’d describe the… Continue Reading →

Hegerøth – Degenerate (Mara Productions)

“Album can be classified as black metal” is the raw message. No messing. It’s been five years since the impressive “Three Emperors Triangle”, as black and atmospheric affair as you could wish for. It’s great to see these Poles back… Continue Reading →

Novarupta – Disillusioned Fire (Suicide Records)

An interesting fact that I picked up while checking out the background to this album was that Novarupta’s instigator contributed to Terra Tenebrosa’s excellent album “The Reverses”. As some people decide to take up running or learn a language for… Continue Reading →

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