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Iku Turso - The Great Tower (Wolfspell)

Iku Turso – The Great Tower (Wolfspell)

I do like a band who do exactly what it says on the tin. “Smell of black metal 90-95” goes the instruction on Iku Turso’s debut and there it is in all its pungent glory. Seriously. This is an international four piece with feet in.. Read More
Damnation's Hammer - Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres (S/R)

Damnation’s Hammer – Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres (S/R)

Well here’s a nice surprise. First came across Damnation’s Hammer at this year’s Warhorns festival where they played an impressively tight and focused set which went down a storm. I marked them as ones to buy an album by and, lo, here I am with.. Read More
Into Coffin - The Majestic Supremacy Of Cosmic Chaos (Terror From Hell)

Into Coffin – The Majestic Supremacy Of Cosmic Chaos (Terror From Hell)

This two track, twenty eight minute MCD is my second meeting with the curiously monikered Into Coffin. The title says it all really as far as themes go; we’re in the world of Azathoth and its ilk, Lovecraft’s nuclear cosmic insanity and the roiling chaos.. Read More
Lady Beast - Vicious Breed (Cruz Del Sur)

Lady Beast – Vicious Breed (Cruz Del Sur)

Vicious Breed is the third album from Pittsburgh heavy metal band Lady Beast. Odd name aside, from the off with ‘The Way’ they hit you with a very US sound that draws heavily on the twin roots of Maiden and Priest with a hard chugging.. Read More
Vaultwraith - Death Is Proof Of Satan's Power (Hell's Headbangers)

Vaultwraith – Death Is Proof Of Satan’s Power (Hell’s Headbangers)

One look at the glorious cover for this debut and you’d probably hazard a guess that this is going to be full on metal of the thrash, Merciful Fate, Satanic headbanging style and thankfully you wouldn’t be wrong. From the self titled opening, this is.. Read More
Procession - Doom Decimation (High Roller)

Procession – Doom Decimation (High Roller)

Procession have come a long way. From Chile to Sweden and back again to Chile to record this album, in fact…It has also been four long years since their magnificent sophomore album ‘To Reap The Heavens Apart’, in part presumably due to main man, vocalist.. Read More
Kapala - Infest Cesspool (Dunkelheit)

Kapala – Infest Cesspool (Dunkelheit)

Kapala (a Sanskrit word meaning skull I gather) are from India. Well this lot are, as I discovered two other bands sharing this name. The idea of fans of either of those other two bands accidentally downloading this amuses the fuck out of me, particularly.. Read More
Zifir -  Kingdom Of Nothingness (Duplicate)

Zifir – Kingdom Of Nothingness (Duplicate)

I have no idea what being a black metal band in Turkey is like, but if you believe news I suspect it must be increasingly difficult. Two piece Zifir though (Onur Onok and Nursuz respectively) have been doing this for over ten years, and two.. Read More
Mork -  Eremittens Dal (Peaceville)

Mork – Eremittens Dal (Peaceville)

Even before you reach the music here with Thomas Eriksen’s Mork one man project, you kind of get big galloping clues as to what you’ll get. From the logo to artwork and even the damned label you are walloped in the face with a whole.. Read More
Owls, Trolls & Dead Kings' Skulls: The Art Of David Thiérrée David Thierree with Dayal Patterson (Cult Never Dies Publishing)

Owls, Trolls & Dead Kings’ Skulls: The Art Of David Thiérrée David Thierree with Dayal Patterson (Cult Never Dies Publishing)

If you go to your favourite official download site, or wander around the CD racks if you still do, you’d assume that the art of the album cover has been mostly lost and what little remains is predominantly generic Photoshop images so pointless and emotionless.. Read More
Vassafor – Malediction (Iron Bonehead)

Vassafor – Malediction (Iron Bonehead)

It’s funny but I’ve been listening to a lot of late eighties, early nineties stuff recently for the usual confluence of synchronicity reasons. I say funny, but it’s just that it put me in the right mindset to approach NZ two piece band Vassafor. Despite.. Read More
Atorc - Seven Tales Of Swords And Ale (S/R)

Atorc – Seven Tales Of Swords And Ale (S/R)

My Warhorns connection continues it seems. Typically though I missed Atorc when they played last year, and though they didn’t play this year I’m sure I spotted one of them. Wrong way round as usual. Anyway as the title of this suggests they are folk.. Read More