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Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword (Ván Records)

Since the release of 2012’s ‘Flesh Cathedral’, Icelandic black metallers Svartidauði have been busy – amidst a plethora of live performances alongside the likes of Mgła and One Tail One Head, the trio have released three EPs and a live… Continue Reading →

OHHMS – Exist (Holy Roar)

‘Exist’, the second album from Kent’s favourite sludge band, OHHMS, is another heavy duty lesson in animal rights and pacifism. OHHMS take a slightly different approach to the preachy, condescending PETA activist mentality you’d expect from most bands covering this… Continue Reading →

Windhand – Eternal Return (Relapse)

Since the release of 2015’s ‘Grief’s Infernal Flower’, Virginian doom metal outfit Windhand have endured more than their fair share of upheaval; parting ways with one half of their founding guitar duo, Asechiah Bogdan, leaving Garrett Morris to carry the… Continue Reading →

Author & Punisher – Beastland (Relapse)

The phrase “industrial” when used in the context of music has always been one that has conjured images of cyber goths with plastic dreadlocks stomping along to the likes of Combichrist. Even the grittiness that lies within the heaviest moments… Continue Reading →

One Tail, One Head – Worlds Open, Worlds Collide (Terratur Possessions)

It seems a fitting nod to their moniker that OTOH’s first album is also their last, the beginning swallowing the end in a sense, to create the perfect ouroboros. Having formed 12 years ago in Trondheim, Norway, the black metal… Continue Reading →

Interview – Yob

Instantly recognisable as one of the seminal bands in modern doom metal, Yob are an unrelenting powerhouse of crushing riffs and meditative atmospheres. However, the trio was almost brought to its knees in January 2017, when inimitable frontman Mike Scheidt… Continue Reading →

Interview – Thou

2018 is the summer of Thou; having released their last full length ‘Heathen’ back in 2014, their musical output over the last four years has been sporadic with only the occasional compilation or split to tide listeners over. The Baton… Continue Reading →

Interview – Skeletonwitch

Since 2003 Skeletonwitch have been an unwavering musical force, releasing an album every few years with a consistency that suggested their line-up was one of impenetrable solidarity. Fast forward to 2015 and the band shocked fans by parting ways with… Continue Reading →

Interview – Grave Lines

Hailing from the south east and stashing numerous musical accolades already under their collective belt, Grave Lines are a band that have quickly acquired a more than favourable reputation within the metal community. The four piece played 2017’s edition of… Continue Reading →

Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses (Sargent House)

For those not familiar with Emma Ruth Rundle, she first made a name for herself as part of post rock band Red Sparrowes, before moving onto the slightly more melodic Marriages, followed by the folkgaze of The Nocturnes and eventually… Continue Reading →

MANTAR – The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze (Nuclear Blast)

‘Death by Burning’, ‘Ode to the Flame’, ‘The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze’ – it would appear Germany’s newest power duo, MANTAR, are pyromaniacs; however, if an obsession with fire is what helps them to keep releasing such enormous sounding… Continue Reading →

King Dude – Music to Make War To (Ván Records)

Having dealt with the topic of love and all its casualties on 2016’s ‘Sex’, TJ Cowgill tackles the polar opposite on latest album ‘Music to Make War To’. Over the course of seven records King Dude’s sound has shifted and… Continue Reading →

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