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Author Steve Russell

Despite having a passing interest in Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper and Guns N Roses through the 80’s, it wasn’t until Ice-T dropped “Original Gangsta” shortly after my 13th birthday that rock and metal REALLY captured my imagination thanks to the Bodycount demo on said album. From there, it was a logical leap to RATM, then Metallica, Sepultura, Carcass and Cradle Of Filth amongst others, before eventually arriving at an underground wealth of aural delights. My obsession with extreme sounds has led me to semi-competently poke at bass guitar in a couple of bands, occasionally dabbling in the dark art of music journalism with the self-published “P’tahk” and guest spots in more widely distributed magazines. Almost 30 years later, (when not providing comms for international hotspots in my day job, or finding ways to entertain the wife and kids at home) I’m still “chasing the dragon” for the next band that’ll make my hair stand on end.

Chronicle – Demonology (Mighty Music)

Chronicle are a young Danish four piece, whose debut album “Primal Fear” appears to have slipped under my radar since its release in 2015. Having now investigated, it seems that I’ve missed out on some technical yet catchy melodic death… Continue Reading →

Irist – Order Of The Mind (Nuclear Blast)

It’s somewhat unusual in this day and age for a label like Nuclear Blast to take a punt on a new prospect, however, seeing as Monte Connor got it right more often than not during his years with Roadrunner, benefit… Continue Reading →

The River – Vessels Into White Tides (Nine Records)

Way back at the turn of the century, I was handed a two-track demo of gloomy, mellow doom metal by an enthusiastic chap introducing himself as Chris. I recently found this CD amongst many others in my garage, and after… Continue Reading →

Fen – The Dead Light (Prophecy Productions)

Maintaining a level of prolificity that never feels rushed, Fen are named for the low-lying agricultural marshlands of East Anglia from whence they originally came and subsequently draw influence for their unique brand of progressive post-black metal. Forming in 2006… Continue Reading →

Blood Incantation – Hidden History Of The Human Race (Century Media)

New music from Blood Incantation has been eagerly awaited ever since debut album “Starspawn” came out in 2016, announcing itself as one of this decades most pivotal and evolutionary compositions in death metal (alongside their undisputed award for Most Unreadable… Continue Reading →

Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites (Nuclear Blast)

Though perhaps not requiring introduction to most readers, for the unenlightened amongst you I’ll provide a quick canter through Niles history. Rising to prominence as the popularity of traditional death metal fare waned in the late 1990’s, Nile are oft… Continue Reading →

Vastum – Orificial Purge (20 Buck Spin)

Though the band name (Latin for “waste”) and album title may suggest otherwise, Vastum should not be mistaken for a trivial faecal-obsessed comedy grindcore act. Reasonably prolific since their 2009 inception, this Bay Area death metal quintet went suspiciously quiet… Continue Reading →

Bhleg – Aril (Nordvis)

Bhleg are a Swedish duo formed in 2013, and having recently released their second album in 2018, now return with an EP of folky, earthy, organic black metal. “Aril” boasts a deceptively thin production low fidelity masking a rather glorious… Continue Reading →

Formicarius – Rending The Veil Of Flesh (Schwarzdorn)

Billed as “the new nobility of British black metal”, Formicarius appear to be suffering an identity crisis. Rising from the ashes of proggy fantasists Phyrexia in 2014, their debut album “Black Mass Ritual” gained the band attention with its symphonic… Continue Reading →

Orm – Ir (Indisciplinarian)

Orm are a relatively fresh Danish black metal combo, and should not be confused with the pioneering 70’s electro-pop duo of the same name who were famed for smuggling synths into Czechoslovakia. Orm have fast become a welcome addition to… Continue Reading →

The Offering – Home (Century Media)

It’s safe to say that nobody sounds like The Offering, yet The Offering sound like everybody. Since their inception in 2015, this US four piece have honed their scattered influences before churning out this debut full length. The result is… Continue Reading →

Rogga Johansson – Entrance To The Otherwhere (Transcending Obscurity Records)

On one side of the “bread n butter” death metal spectrum we have artists yearning for the glory of yesterday, struggling to stay relevant. On the other side, young whippersnappers with nostalgia in their eyes flap vainly for our attention… Continue Reading →

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