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Watain - Trident Wolf Eclipse (Century Media)

Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse (Century Media)

Black metal maniacs Watain should need no introduction having been at the forefront of the extreme music underground for several years, gaining notoriety for their abrasive live shows as well as their vitriolic studio outpourings. It is hard to believe that 2018 marks their 20th.. Read More
Kobra and the Lotus, Brutai, Aonia and Air Drawn Dagger Sheffield Corporation 2/12/17

Kobra and the Lotus, Brutai, Aonia and Air Drawn Dagger Sheffield Corporation 2/12/17

Having been held up at work, I arrived at the Corporation a little later than planned, and as I made my way up to the small room of the Corporation complex I could hear that Air Drawn Dagger had already started. I grabbed a pint.. Read More
Xandria, Metaprism, Aonia -  Sheffield Local Authority  18/11/17

Xandria, Metaprism, Aonia – Sheffield Local Authority 18/11/17

It’s fair to say that it has been a tumultuous few months for Xandria, and all credit must go to the band that this tour even went ahead with front woman Dianne van Giersbergen having announced that she was leaving the band towards the end.. Read More
Angel Nation - Aeon (Inner Wounds Recordings)

Angel Nation – Aeon (Inner Wounds Recordings)

A while ago I found myself enjoying an album called ‘Tears of Lust’ by a little known band called EnkeliNation, and this opinion was later reinforced by strong showings at the Bloodstock and Dames of Darkness festivals. Fast forward to 2016, and founder member and.. Read More
Ancient VVisdom – 33 (Argonauta Records)

Ancient VVisdom – 33 (Argonauta Records)

My Relationship with Ancient VVisdom began rather unexpectedly at the Inferno Festival 2012, in the small John Dee room. I was happily having my head caved in by all sorts of extremity such as Svarttjern and One Tail, One Head, when the carnage relented for.. Read More
Narbeleth – Indomitvs (Folter Records)

Narbeleth – Indomitvs (Folter Records)

When I saw that I had been given a Cuban black metal release for review, I immediately had a mental image of a corpse painted dude chilling out in the sun by a pool with a large cigar……Geographical stereotypes aside, Narbeleth are one of the.. Read More
Antzaat - The Black Hand Of The Father (Immortal Frost)

Antzaat – The Black Hand Of The Father (Immortal Frost)

Antzaat are something of an Enigma with limited information available about them giving an air of mystery, further compounded by their promo photos with hoods up and faces obscured. However, what I do know is that this Belgian quartet have delivered a stunning debut EP.. Read More
Atrexial – Souverain (Godz Ov War Productions)

Atrexial – Souverain (Godz Ov War Productions)

When you think of Spain, you probably think of sun-drenched beaches, paella and sangria rather than oppressive death metal, but that may be about to change as Barcelona’s Atrexial well and truly stick their head above the parapet, Having completed their line up in May.. Read More
Riivaus - Lyöden Taudein Ja Kirouksin (Wolfspell Records)

Riivaus – Lyöden Taudein Ja Kirouksin (Wolfspell Records)

Finnish black metal is in a rude state of health at the moment with bands such as Horna, Sargeist, Archgoat, Baptism and several others all being on permanent rotation for me….. I will now be adding Riivaus to that list. Prior to receiving this for.. Read More
Norse - The Divine Light of a New Sun (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Norse – The Divine Light of a New Sun (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Black metal is much like a living organism, staying true to its roots while constantly evolving and developing, and many modern day black metal outfits have little in common with the forefathers of this genre. However, these days it is rare to discover a band.. Read More
Manor Fest - Victoria Hall, Keighley 13/5/17

Manor Fest – Victoria Hall, Keighley 13/5/17

“I’ll tell you now and I’ll tell you briefly, I don’t ever want to go to Keighley”……says the John Cooper Clarke poem ‘Burnley’, referring to the West Yorkshire town which was ranked 40 in the book “Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places to Live in.. Read More
Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail I  (Napalm)

Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail I (Napalm)

Last November I had the pleasure of interviewing Kobra when she rolled into Manchester with Delain, Evergrey and, of course, the rest of Kobra and the Lotus. During that interview we discussed their forthcoming album and she revealed that although it was originally scheduled to.. Read More