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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
Dimmu Borgir - Forces of the Northern Night (Nuclear Blast)

Dimmu Borgir – Forces of the Northern Night (Nuclear Blast)

Norwegian black metal ensemble Dimmu Borgir were spawned 24 years ago in Oslo when the Norwegian black metal scene was arguably at its creative peak, not just with an explosion of bands and releases which are today revered as “classics” but also at the peak.. Read More
Les Discrets  - Prédateurs (Prophecy)

Les Discrets – Prédateurs (Prophecy)

Les Discrets may well have fallen under some radars, but they are a wonderful hidden gem worthy of immediate investigation. Describing themselves as “Cinematographic Indie-Post Rock from France” goes some way to describing their sound but they are really more of an enigma than this... Read More
Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 4

Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 4

Day Four Saturday 15th April The final day of any festival is always bitter sweet, with a whole day’s festivities still to look forward to, but also knowing that it is almost over. Thankfully day four at Inferno was another strong line up to keep.. Read More