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Inferno Festival Day Four – Oslo Rockefeller and John Dee 21/4/19

The final day of a festival is always bittersweet with a whole day of great bands left, but also knowing that when it is done, it is back to the grind of normal life. However, I was determined to enjoy… Continue Reading →

Inferno Festival Day Three – Oslo Rockefeller and John Dee 20/4/19

Having cleared the hangover with a big breakfast, I made my annual trip to the infamous Neseblod store. I have written about this in previous years’ reviews so won’t go into detail except to say that Neseblod has a huge place in… Continue Reading →

Inferno Festival Day Two – Oslo Rockefeller and John Dee 19/4/19

My second day of Inferno started with a trip to the Kniven bar at 1430 for Psykopath and Sepulcher who were playing during the afternoon prior to the main festival. I made my way to the venue and descended the… Continue Reading →

Inferno Festival Day One – Oslo Rockefeller and John Dee 18/4/19

Having been suitably warmed up by the Indie Recordings Label Night, I could not wait for the main festival to get underway. As I’m sure most of you know, Inferno Metal Festival is a four day event that takes place… Continue Reading →

Inferno Warm Up – Vaterland Oslo Norway 17/4/19

Inferno Metal Festival is one of my highlights of the year and this year the festivities were extended by a day as Indie Recordings ran a label night (as they did last year) the night before the festival started showcasing… Continue Reading →

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 →

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