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All My Sins - Pra Sila - Vukov Totem (Saturnal)

All My Sins – Pra Sila – Vukov Totem (Saturnal)

Serbia is not particularly well known to the wider metal community for it extreme metal scene, but make no mistake, buried within the underground there are some real gems. All My Sins are one such gem and this is their debut full length, which I.. Read More
Azaghal - Valo Pohjoisesta (Immortal Frost Productions)

Azaghal – Valo Pohjoisesta (Immortal Frost Productions)

The Finnish black metal scene continues to spawn some the most abrasive bands out there, resisting the temptation to incorporate epic choirs, orchestras and keyboards, instead focussing on gnarly aggression. Azaghal are one of that flourishing scene, and by my reckoning they have been around.. Read More
MIdgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway August 16-18 2018 (Part 2)

MIdgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway August 16-18 2018 (Part 2)

DAY 2 SATURDAY The first band weren’t due on until 15:00 on Saturday giving time for another walk along the fjord and around the burial mounds as well as a visit to the Midgard Vikingsenter, home of the festival’s seminars and exhibitions. There was then.. Read More
MIdgardsblot Metal Festival - Borre, Vestfold, Norway  August 16-18 2018 (Part 1)

MIdgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway August 16-18 2018 (Part 1)

Background Midgardsblot is something special. It is far, far more than just a music festival. It is a unique, fully immersive, life affirming experience bringing together Nordic and metal cultures. Set in Southern Norway amongst the Viking burial mounds, the rich heritage of the region.. Read More
Iskald - Innhøstinga (Indie Recordings)

Iskald – Innhøstinga (Indie Recordings)

One of the things which reviewers are expected to do is attach genre labels to bands, and while it can be useful to give a vague idea of what a band might sounds like, it can be a minefield and all too often ridiculous tags.. Read More
Morketida - Panphage Mysticism (Werewolf Records)

Morketida – Panphage Mysticism (Werewolf Records)

Finnish black metal has been living in the shadow of its more illustrious Norwegian counterparts for many years, but make no mistake about it, the Finnish scene is thriving and has spawned some of the nastiest black metal on offer including Archgoat, Azaghal, Satanic Warmaster,.. Read More
The Spirit - Sounds From The Vortex (Nuclear Blast)

The Spirit – Sounds From The Vortex (Nuclear Blast)

Melodic black metal may be an oxymoron to some, but over the years the evolution of black metal has produced some stunning releases that remain on my play list to this day. However, for every outstanding release, there are endless mediocre releases that aren’t bad.. Read More
Khôrada - Salt (Prophecy Productions)

Khôrada – Salt (Prophecy Productions)

As a long term fan boy of atmospheric/post black metal Goliath, Agalloch I was bitterly disappointed to hear the news that they had disbanded in 2016. The internet was soon rife with rumours of new bands and when I heard that the majority of the.. Read More
Finnr’s Cane - Elegy (Prophecy Productions)

Finnr’s Cane – Elegy (Prophecy Productions)

What is about North America and atmospheric black(ish) metal? Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch, Panopticon are just a few examples of masters of this delicate art, and Canada’s Finnr’s Cave deserve to be held in the same high regard. Their debut from 2010 ‘Wanderlust’.. Read More
Al-Namrood - 10 Years of Resistance (Shaytan Productions)

Al-Namrood – 10 Years of Resistance (Shaytan Productions)

It’s often said that metal is a way of life, and for many within the metal community this holds true. However, how many would continue if it meant risking imprisonment or even facing the death penalty? You have to admire and respect those whose passion.. Read More
Firtan - Okeanos (AOP Records)

Firtan – Okeanos (AOP Records)

At a recent Wolves in the Throne Room gig I was chatting to a friend about our musical preferences in the world of extreme music and while we both enjoy most subgenres his leaning is more towards bludgeoning death metal, whereas I prefer something with.. Read More
Deus Vermin - Monument to Decay (FHED)

Deus Vermin – Monument to Decay (FHED)

As a local lad I’m not sure how I’ve managed to miss this Leeds bunch and their misanthropic excretions, but this is something I need to rectify in the near future as this EP puts them up there as a gem in the Yorkshire, and.. Read More