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The 69 Eyes – West End (Nuclear Blast)

Happy birthday to The 69 Eyes. Thirty years apparently. I mean that’s pretty great going for anyone. It’s funny though that even though I’ve been aware of them for maybe two decades this is our first waltz. Well opening song… Continue Reading →

Atlantean Kodex – The Course Of Empire (Van)

Atlantean Kodex. There are times when listening to this album that I forgot I was listening to a band; the concept that this was ‘simply’ a band seemed inadequate to contain what I was hearing. But of course that would… Continue Reading →

Warhorns Festival – Rotherham The Trades 31/8/19

Day 2 Bugger. I mess up timings and so me and the rest of the Last Of The Summer Wine cast can’t stop for decent food at the one nice cafe we found. Although bizarrely someone bought a painting on… Continue Reading →

Warhorns Festival – Rotherham The Trades 30/8/19

Day 1  So here we are, once more; the Warhorns travelling carnival of chaos as the organisers themselves described it, rolls into another new venue after the sad demise of last year’s glorious venue at Eggborough power station. Truncated to… Continue Reading →

Black Cilice – Transfixion Of Spirits (Iron Bonehead)

Obscure is a good word for Black Cilice. A name I have heard bandied about for quite a while by fans of a certain type of black metal yes but with a social media and internet presence seemingly consisting solely… Continue Reading →

Tenebrae In Perpetuum – Anorexia Obscura (Debemur Morti)

After a decade in the shadows, Tenebrae In Perpetuum release their fourth album. Yep, I hold my hands up, I don’t recall them previously but that’s maybe my age. Ok ostensibly they are a one-man project of a gent named… Continue Reading →

Helvetets Port – From Life To Death (High Roller)

Strangely never even heard of this Gothenburg band. Well I ain’t the personification of Metal Archives so maybe I can be forgiven. The PR guff mutters about being one of the originators of the return to traditional heavy metal in… Continue Reading →

Pa Vesh En – Pyrefication (Iron Bonehead)

The opening track ‘…In The Ghostly Haze’ from this Belarusian band rolls into a bleak life like Skepticism meeting Nortt on a last frostbitten walk through the woods; crushingly downbeat, but like frost it forces open cracks you might not… Continue Reading →

Sellsword – Unto The Breach (S/R)

Well if Andy Barker can do a black metal review, I can do a power metal review. Especially when it’s the Jorvik miscreant mercenary troop known as Sellsword. If you don’t know their name, then come close and listen. They… Continue Reading →

Sellsword, Dream Troll, Vice – The Fulford Arms, York 03/08/19

One of those nights: It’s hot and sunny and clammy outside all day so being sensible types a couple of hundred of us decide to jam ourselves into a sauna and jump about a lot. Sigh. Yep the signs were… Continue Reading →

Geistaz’ Ika – Trolddomsejd i Skovens Dybe Kedel (Signal Rex)

Once more I ride off into the lands where being so crushingly monolingual leaves me feeling utterly inadequate. On the plus side though, it means that this debut by Danish band Geistaz’ Ika really does have to speak to me… Continue Reading →

Hocico – Artificial Extinction (Out Of Line)

Back in the early 90s I was kind of isolated, walled in by the twin guard dogs of little if any money and pernicious mental health issues. Whilst I maintained a toe hold in my constant metal world, for reasons… Continue Reading →

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