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Stilla – Synviljor (Nordvis)

Stilla – Synviljor (Nordvis)

The etymology of the title being a rough translation from Swedish to “optical illusion”, this fourth album from Stilla is a suitably savage yet elaborate black metal affair. The contradiction of razor sharp guitar attacks complemented by warming keyboard tones isn’t as daft as you’d.. Read More
Spearhead – Pacifism Is Cowardice (Invictus)

Spearhead – Pacifism Is Cowardice (Invictus)

A quick browse of t’internet tells us that Spearhead are from “southern England”, though we’re unable to identify specifically if they’re pointy-headed fucks from Cornwall, bumpkins from the West country, Mockneys from the home counties, toffs from Surrey, or wide boys from Essex. Aside from.. Read More
Paragon Impure – Sade (Ván Records)

Paragon Impure – Sade (Ván Records)

A project which first saw the light of day in 2004 before being indefinitely shelved in 2009, Paragon Impure finally bring us their sophomore album. The debut album from way back in 2005 was little more than Darkthrone worship, and this second offering also harks.. Read More
The Order Of Apollyon – Moriah (Agonia)

The Order Of Apollyon – Moriah (Agonia)

Once upon a time, shortly after being founded by then Aborted frontman BST in 2008, The Order Of Apollyon were rounded out by stalwarts of the British underground. The band then underwent a merry-go-round of musician changes through the release of their second album, before.. Read More
Outre – Hollow Earth (Debemur Morti)

Outre – Hollow Earth (Debemur Morti)

Outre have been out of the spotlight since releasing “Ghost Chants” in 2015, and having finally recruited a full-time vocalist in 2017 now follow up on that debut. The guest vocals from Stawrogin on “Ghost Chants” were, frankly, stylistically all over the place, so it’s.. Read More
Ultha – The Inextricable Wandering (Century Media)

Ultha – The Inextricable Wandering (Century Media)

Ultha have been playing their trade together since 2015, releasing two acclaimed albums alongside several EPs and split releases, and this quartet from Cologne now unveil their third full length. The six songs here span a mighty 65 minutes in length, taking the listener on.. Read More
Slaegt – The Wheel (Van Records)

Slaegt – The Wheel (Van Records)

This month sees Slaegt launch their third full length in just four years. The Danish quartet project a quirky upbeat nature through their music, even on early releases which were more straight-forward black metal. “The Wheel” continues where last years “Domus Mysterium” left off, taking.. Read More
Monuments – Phronesis (Century Media)

Monuments – Phronesis (Century Media)

Cards on the table up front: this isn’t really my cup of tea, but I’ll save the lecture on the merits of a subgenre that essentially steals the best bits of Meshuggah and At The Gates for another time. Moving in a different direction to.. Read More
Behemoth – I Loved You at Your Darkest (Nuclear Blast)

Behemoth – I Loved You at Your Darkest (Nuclear Blast)

No longer as prolific a studio band as they once were, the release of a new Behemoth album is considered a big deal given its scarcity over the past decade. The band are never been far from the public eye though; frontman Nergal inadvertently carved.. Read More
Thron - Abysmal (Listenable Records)

Thron – Abysmal (Listenable Records)

Ah, the mid-to-late nineties. When Dissection were the daddies of melodic black metal, Cradle Of Filth hadn’t yet gone through that short but awkward novelty phase, Emperor were recording classic albums instead of cashing in on them with phoned-in reunions, and Varg… well, Varg was.. Read More
Blood Of Serpents - Sulphur Sovereign (Non Serviam Records)

Blood Of Serpents – Sulphur Sovereign (Non Serviam Records)

Often a sophomore album will be a marginal evolution from what came before. There are notable exceptions where a band tear up the script and start again completely; Darkthrone being an obvious candidate. Blood Of Serpents haven’t exactly thrown away the rule book here, but.. Read More
Irreversible Mechanism – Immersion (Blood Music)

Irreversible Mechanism – Immersion (Blood Music)

Belarusian outfit Irreversible Mechanism first turned heads in 2014, snapped up by boutique label Blood Music within twelve hours of debut album “Infinite Fields” being quietly launched on Bandcamp. A quick round of PR and some cool looking physical releases ensured that the re-release in.. Read More