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Haemorrhage - We Are The Gore (Relapse)

Haemorrhage – We Are The Gore (Relapse)

How is it even remotely possible that these Spanish ne’er do wells have been in the very metal game since 1991? To invite groans from our readership, the only traces of rot to be found here are in the lyrical content. Throughout their long career,.. Read More
Ophis - The Dismal Circle (F.D.A. Records)

Ophis – The Dismal Circle (F.D.A. Records)

Do you know what? I really like F.D.A. Records. This is the second album I’ve had to review from them in the last two batches (the other being Arroganz – Primitiv), and like that release, Ophis are a bit on the obscure side of the.. Read More
Iron Monkey - 9-13 (Relapse Records)

Iron Monkey – 9-13 (Relapse Records)

So, this is one of those releases. You know the kind I mean. When you’ve been a big fan of a band, and then, from out of nowhere, you realise that the band are coming back after a long time. What is the feeling? Is.. Read More
Arroganz - Primitiv (FDA Records)

Arroganz – Primitiv (FDA Records)

I haven’t heard any of Germany’s Arroganz before, but this represents full length album number four since their first in 2011, and it’s clear that the trio of K (Bass, Vocals), P (Guitar) and T (Drums) know what they’re doing. (Actually, this represents album number.. Read More
Ball Noir - Last Serenades (S/R)

Ball Noir – Last Serenades (S/R)

A little bit of something different for you. Ball Noir are a Dutch dark folk-metal band, though it’s fair to say that they’re rather more influenced by the golden periods of bands such as our very own My Dying Bride and Anathema than, say, Skyclad... Read More
Hands of Thieves - Feasting on Dark Intentions (Hellthrasher Productions)

Hands of Thieves – Feasting on Dark Intentions (Hellthrasher Productions)

Four tracks, ranging from the five and a half minute mark, all the way to over twelve minutes. A logo that’s incredibly illegible, white on black with a noose motif hanging on it. Released on Hellthrasher Productions. Can you imagine what it sounds like yet?.. Read More
The Haunted - Strength In Numbers (Century Media)

The Haunted – Strength In Numbers (Century Media)

AC/DC. Van Halen. Black Sabbath. Candlemass*. The list goes on. What list, you may enquire? Why, the list of bands of whom there are multiple singers across their discography, where there is a prevailing opinion about whom the best vocalist is or was. For The.. Read More
Weaponizer - Lawless Age (20 Buck Spin)

Weaponizer – Lawless Age (20 Buck Spin)

Well, set fire to my hair and call me Rupert, I would have put money on this motley crew being Australian. I mean, everything here positively screams of being from the land down under (where women glow, and men plunder). The “war metal” vibe, the.. Read More
Decapitated - Anticult (Nuclear Blast)

Decapitated – Anticult (Nuclear Blast)

I’ve been a semi-regular visitor to Poland since the late 90’s, and I’ve brought back loads of Polish metal CD’s on my travels. Decapitated are one of the bands that I really grew to love, particularly with “Winds of Creation” and “Nihility”, at which time.. Read More
Bison - You are not the Ocean you are the Patient (Pelagic Records)

Bison – You are not the Ocean you are the Patient (Pelagic Records)

My first encounter with Bison, this – which, I must hasten to add is not the early 80’s American heavy metal band, but the troupe from British Columbia. I didn’t know that they had formerly been signed to Metal Blade records, but the accompanying blurb.. Read More
Entrails - World Inferno (Metal Blade)

Entrails – World Inferno (Metal Blade)

Entrails. It’s perhaps fitting that when I look at my CD rack, they’re the first band to come after “Entombed” in the current A-Z configuration. If you’ve followed their progress since 2010, you couldn’t have failed to have noticed that they’ve essentially ended up with.. Read More