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Ribspreader – Crawl and Slither (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)

This is the eighth – yes, eighth full length release for Ribspreader since 2004. When you add on the fact that this old-school Swedish death metal band is just one of twenty one bands that main man Rogga Johansson is… Continue Reading →

Reckless Manslaughter – Caverns of Perdition (F.D.A. Records)

Well, I have to say that the accompanying blurb that came with the promo release really does win “self-evident comment of the year”, with the opening statement, “Death, as it happens, is intrinsically lethal”. Yup. I should say so. Many… Continue Reading →

Terrible Headache – Der Rote Baron (Boersma Records)

So, I don’t know too much about Terrible Headache, except for two things: 1) They are German; and 2) Before this, their last album was released way back in 1998. Now, I have this mate who has a number of… Continue Reading →

Morass of Molasses – The Ties That Bind (Wasted State Records)

I was really excited to receive this from Ave Noctum HQ, principally because I had seen the band live at the Stoner V Doom festival earlier in the year, and found them to be one of the stand out bands… Continue Reading →

Suhnopfer – Hic Regnant Borbonii Names (Debemur Morti Productions)

So, my first time experiencing the music of one-man black metal identity Suhnopfer, from France, but a very rewarding one. To be fair, while I don’t mind Black metal, I’d be the first to say that it’s far from my… Continue Reading →

Spirit Adrift – Divided by Darkness (20 Buck Spin)

Ah, the rebirth of the resurrection of the classic age of heavy metal continues! You know, I’m absolutely loving the last few albums from Grand Magus, and the denim-vested antics of home grown outfits like Arkham Witch, who just aren’t… Continue Reading →

Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne – The Stories Behind The Songs (Paul Elliott and Carol Clerk) – Carlton Publishing

Something a bit different this time round, with a 160 page, lavish A4 hardbound book, weighing in at over 60,000 words and around 125 high quality photographs covering the following albums on a track by track basis: * Black Sabbath… Continue Reading →

Lord Dying – Mysterium Tremendum (eOne)

Portland, Oregon. It seems as if one in every three new doom albums from the USA hail from this location. In fairness to Lord Dying, they’ve been going since 2010, so at the very least have some proper heritage to… Continue Reading →

Tronos – Celestial Mechanics (Century Media)

Well, the premise of this album seemed too good to pass up. I’m a fan of Shane Embury – though trying to keep up with his dizzying array of bands can be difficult. This is his latest collaboration, a star-studded… Continue Reading →

Nixa – Opus Tierra (War Anthem Records)

So, this escalated quickly.  It started by just playing the album once. Just the one time. Letting the music drift by. My usual reviewing technique is to listen to it a couple of times at home, and then use my… Continue Reading →

Tel – Lowlife (Aural Music)

“Tel” hail from Richmond, Virginia. Their name, as it turns out, is not a reference to the much missed Terry Wogan, but rather a Hebrew term meaning the rebuilding of a civilisation over the ashes of its former self. Or… Continue Reading →

Usurper – Lords of the Permafrost (Soulseller Records)

From the mist-covered eerie at the top of Castle Ave Noctum, Thee Editor sends trained bats bearing lists of albums to be reviewed down to the homes of the loyal staff. Now, being a cove of advanced age, most of… Continue Reading →

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