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Silent Stream of Godless Elegy – Smutnice (Redblack )

Silent Stream of Godless Elegy – Smutnice (Redblack )

I’ve got a long history with Silent Stream of Godless Elegy, having first come across a single MP3 of theirs from a now long-defunct music trial site, (it was perfectly legit!), and was blown away by how great they were. For those not in the.. Read More
JT Ripper – Gathering of the Insane (I Hate)

JT Ripper – Gathering of the Insane (I Hate)

Well, this worked out a little different than I thought it might. Looking at the initial promo blurb, which talked about a German power trio taking an old school approach to heavy metal, I thought I’d be listening to something charming; perhaps even an album.. Read More
Black Oath – Behold the Abyss (High Roller Records)

Black Oath – Behold the Abyss (High Roller Records)

When I saw the blurb for this in the pile at Ave Noctum towers, (a huge obsidian castle, forever shrouded in fog and under perpetual moonlight – just outside Tooting Bec), I knew that I had to give it a listen. Doom with influences of.. Read More
Deceased – Ghostly White (Hells Headbangers)

Deceased – Ghostly White (Hells Headbangers)

Deceased have been plying their morbid trade on official releases since way back in 1991. It’s been a long, long time since their last full length album, the excellent “Surreal Overdose” back in 2011, but I suspect not even death itself would be able to.. Read More
Evil Scarecrow - Chapter IV: Antartarctica (Dead Box Records)

Evil Scarecrow – Chapter IV: Antartarctica (Dead Box Records)

Look, I know not everyone is a fan of Evil Scarecrow. For the record, I enjoy their stuff. I’m not averse to the odd bit of comedy metal; hell, I own several Manowar albums. I know that several readers will take a look at the.. Read More
Arroganz - Erzketer (FDA Records)

Arroganz – Erzketer (FDA Records)

A bit of a short one for you this time. Arroganz, the German trio, released their “Primitiv” album back in 2017, which I awarded then an 8/10, saying at the time, “…this has the superficial sound of a band that’s going for the bludgeoning approach,.. Read More
Ravens Creed - Get Killed or Die Trying (Xtreem Music)

Ravens Creed – Get Killed or Die Trying (Xtreem Music)

Well, I had to do a bit of a double take on the title of this one, as it reminded me almost immediately of The Rotted’s “Get Dead or Die Trying” from way back in 2008, but as you can tell a subtle difference in.. Read More
Wytch Hazel – II: Sojourn (Bad Omen Records)

Wytch Hazel – II: Sojourn (Bad Omen Records)

Well, Wytch Hazel produced my album of the year in “Prelude” back in 2016, and it has remained in heavy rotation in my music list ever since. That album was a heady, smoky and somewhat charmingly naive piece of folk-ish rock warmth, with an insane.. Read More
Down Among The Dead Men - ...And You Will Obey Me (Transcending Obscurity)

Down Among The Dead Men – …And You Will Obey Me (Transcending Obscurity)

Whovians may know that the album title for this monster is also the name of a Big Finish audio production of a Dr Who tale involving one of Sci-Fi’s best villains, The Master. There have been a lot of incarnations of this time travelling super.. Read More
Besvarjelsen – Vallmo (Suicide Records)

Besvarjelsen – Vallmo (Suicide Records)

Something a bit different this time. Besvarjelsen (“conjuring”, in Swedish, language fans) are a Swedish doom band, featuring luscious female vocals, and a vibe so warm and relaxed it’s like sipping a quality whiskey by an open fire during the deepest of winters. I’m a.. Read More
Wolvhammer – The Monuments of Ash and Bone (Blood Music)

Wolvhammer – The Monuments of Ash and Bone (Blood Music)

So, my first time out listening to Wolvhammer, though a cursory mooch about on the internet tells me that they’re well established in the US, boasting members or ex-members of acts such as Abigail Williams, Skeletonwitch, Nachtmystium and Krieg. This appears to be their fourth.. Read More
Black Cyclone - Death Is King (Gates of Hell Records)

Black Cyclone – Death Is King (Gates of Hell Records)

There was a time in the history of heavy metal, where it was hard to know just where exactly NWOBHM ended, and thrash begun. In fact, arguably before the term “thrash” metal was even in very regular parlance, the “speed metal” term was used to.. Read More