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Mephorash – Shem Ha Mephorash (Shadow Records)

With a name like ‘Shem Ha Mephorash’ this was never going to be an easy listen and the Swedish occultists certainly don’t disappoint, building on their strong back catalogue and mesmerising live rituals to deliver their strongest offering to date…. Continue Reading →

Drudkh – A Few Lines in Archaic Ukrainian (Season of Mist)

Let’s be clear from the outset, this is not a “new” Drudkh album,  rather it is a compendium of Ukrainian black metal poetry pieces which have previously been released across three split EPs. As such, the material will probably be… Continue Reading →

Skyforger, Old Corpse Road, Cadence Noir – Manchester Rebellion 21/3/19

Manchester’s Rebellion venue is rapidly becoming something of a second home for me and on this occasion I trekked across the Pennines once more, this time to bear witness to Skyforger and their raid upon our fair shores. Unfortunately an… Continue Reading →

Nordjevel – Necrogenesis (Osmose Productions)

It is always nice to find a band during the early days of their career and support them with an air of smugness as the rest of the world (and by that I mean the metal underground!) eventually catches on…. Continue Reading →

Stained Blood – Nyctosphere (Blood Fire Death)

A true test of a band’s character is not how they cope when things are going well, but how they cope in the face of adversity, and it is fair to say that since their debut full length in 2015… Continue Reading →

Fedrespor – Fra en Vugge i Fjellet (Nordvis)

Although the art form itself is centuries old, there has been a recent resurgence of interest in music using ancient Scandinavian instruments to recreate traditional atmospheres and to reconnect with ancient Nordic roots while still looking to the future. If… Continue Reading →

DØDSFALL – Døden Skal Ikke Vente (Osmose Productions)

I have to admit that although I listened to DØDSFALL a lot in the early days, and their debut album ‘Den Svarte Skogen’ in particular really struck a chord with me, they had fallen off my radar a little in… Continue Reading →

Sólstafir, Telepathy & Talons – Manchester Deaf Institute 19/12/18

As usual, the run up to Christmas is packed with gigs and on this particular evening, most of the crowd I usually go with chose to go for an aural battering courtesy of Revocation, Archspire et al at Manchester’s Rebellion,… Continue Reading →

Cantique Lépreux – Paysages Polaires (Eisenwald)

Cantique Lépreux’s members have a fine pedigree including the mighty Forteresse, but even with this knowledge, their debut album ‘Cendres Célestes’ surpassed all expectations and is an absolute masterpiece which remains on my regular playlist. With this in mind I… Continue Reading →

Whoredom Rife – NID – Hymner Av Hat (Terratur Possessions)

Norwegian black metal is perhaps one of the most infamous genres of music with a seemingly endless catalogue of dubious events that will forever be entwined with the distinctive brand of majestic icy blasts. However, since the infamous early 90s… Continue Reading →

Valkyrja – Throne Ablaze (WTC)

In preparation for a European Assault with Marduk and Archgoat, Stockholm’s black metal misanthropists unleash ‘Throne Ablaze’ and they don’t disappoint with a vitriolic display of hostility. Having been spawned in 2004, the Swedes have evolved their sound and gained… Continue Reading →

Wardruna – Manchester Albert Hall 21/11/18

Wardruna originally formed in 2003 and between 2009 and 2016 released the ‘Runaljod’ trilogy to ever increasing critical acclaim, using traditional Nordic instruments and poetic metres to support whispering voices, chants and choral pieces creating rich musical landscapes. It goes… Continue Reading →

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