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Osi And The Jupiter – Nordlige Rúnaskog (Eisenwald)

A band’s name is its shop window, their one opportunity to create that all important first impression and the name may well determine whether someone actually gives them a listen or simply skips past them. As such, it is important… Continue Reading →

Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy & Hypocrisy – Manchester Apollo 29/11/19

The Vikings had landed, and they had brought some uber guests with them in the guise of Arch Enemy and Hypocrisy. On my arrival, security informed me that the gig was sold out and this was obviously evident by the… Continue Reading →

Ragnarok – Non Debellicata (Agonia Records)

Named after the cataclysmic final battle in Scandinavian mythology, Ragnarok have consistently been delivering a fitting soundtrack for this version of Armageddon for a quarter of century and are marking this with the release of their ninth album ‘Non Debellicata’…. Continue Reading →

Nocturnal – The Greater Emptiness (Seance Records)

Although the spiritual home of black metal lies in Scandinavia, its impact can be felt rumbling around most of our beleaguered planet, and although Australia might not be the first country you think of when considering icy black metal, the… Continue Reading →

Totengeflüster – The Faceless Divine (Black Lion Records)

Despite starting up in 2007, this is only Totengeflüster’s third studio release (alongside a live recording from 2017’s Beermageddon festival) so they are not exactly prolific but this is definitely a case of quality over quantity. Building on the foundation… Continue Reading →

Edenbridge – Dynamind (Steamhammer/SPV)

I have to admit that I have something of a love hate relationship with symphonic metal. When done well it is absolutely stunning, but if not then it can be mediocre at best and over the years I have swung… Continue Reading →

Netherbird – Into the Vast Uncharted (Eisenwald)

If you scratch away at the surface of any music genre, you will always uncover hidden gems that are arguably as good as the “A-Listers”, and in some cases can even surpass them. There are many factors that play a part in… Continue Reading →

Wolcensmen – Fire in the White Stone (Indie Recordings)

Some albums become a fully immersive experience and this is the case for Wolcensmen’s sophomore release ‘Fire in the White Stone’. Those familiar with the debut ‘Songs from the Fyrgen’ will know what to expect but for the uninitiated this… Continue Reading →

Dold Vorde Ens Navn – Gjengangere I Hjertets Mørke (SoulSeller Records)

Given the legacy, it is not surprising that Norway continues to spawn seemingly endless black metal bands but after 30 years or so, it is increasingly difficult to find anything that sounds fresh within the genre, with many content to… Continue Reading →

Osi and the Jupiter – Grå Hest (Eisenwald)

In recent years there has seemingly been a healthy surge in acoustic neofolk outfits and although at face value this style may be a world apart from most metal outfits, the genre has been adopted by large swathes of the… Continue Reading →

False – Portent (Gilead Media)

Maybe the hottest day of the year and bright sunshine is not the best time to fully appreciate scathing black metal, but such is my dedication that I sat down in the 34 degrees heatwave and pressed play on False’s… Continue Reading →

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