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Salem UK – Win, Lose Or Draw (Dissonance Productions)

Technically the band was formed in 1979 but split in 1983 and reformed in 2008 with a couple of original members. I dunno, maybe it’s my age but I kind of like knowing the fire still burns in older rockers…. Continue Reading →

Midnight Odyssey – Biolume Part 1 – In Tartarean Chains (I, Voidhanger)

So what’s your definition of symphonic black metal? Dimmu Borgir? Cradle Of Filth in their more extravagant moments? Well for me my favourite style is this incarnation of Australian mastermind Dis Pater, though of course being the man of musical… Continue Reading →

Tome Of The Unreplenished / Starless Domain – Epistolary Of The Fall (Aesthetic Death)

I have to admit I hadn’t a clue what I was getting into when I asked for this from the review list (yes internet people, that’s what happens, we ask for things we hope we might enjoy and if we’re… Continue Reading →

And Now The Owls Are Smiling – The Comforting Grip Of Misery (Clobber Records)

I first came across the curiously named And Now The Owls Are Smiling, the project of Norfolk based Nre, while delving down the rabbit hole of UKBM and finding his first album Despair and was rather taken by his atmospheric… Continue Reading →

Sacrilegious Rite – De Poetica Tenebris (Dominance Of Darkness)

A seventeen-minute EP comprising of intro and two tracks from German black/death act Sacrilegious Rite. Short and…er.. Well. Not sweet. The intro, a little organ/keyboard passage arrives and ends I have to say to little effect or connection to the… Continue Reading →

Moon Chamber – Lore Of The Land (No Remorse)

Class. I think it’s something you have to be born with at least in seed form. Like talent it has to be nurtured but there has to be something there in the beginning. Obama had it, Johnson couldn’t dig it… Continue Reading →

Numen – Iluntasuna Besarkatu Nuen Betiko (LADLO Productions)

Numen have apparently been on the go since 1997 but it’s been twelve years since their last recording so maybe a new start then. They hail from the Basque Country and that title up there is in their native language… Continue Reading →

KMFDM – Paradise (Metropolis)

It ain’t easy being a KMFDM fan. I looked back and realised I hadn’t bought a new album since 2009 and had missed about three somehow. This is something that has to be rectified as, well if ever there were… Continue Reading →

Grendel’s Syster – Myrtle Wreath / Myrtenkranz (Hoove Child Records)

After their last release, Orphic Gold Leaves, I expressed an interest in seeing how this German trio developed. So here we are. Firstly you have to be pretty astounded by the quality of the packaging in this. Again, as with… Continue Reading →

Deviate Damaen – In Sanctitate Benignitatis Non Miseretur (Masked Dead Records)

Right. I speak not a word of Italian. Or German. I know literally a handful of individual words of Latin. So of course I’m reviewing this. Despite that I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the… Continue Reading →

GosT – Valediction (Century Media)

Valediction opens with an absolute blast of keyboard driven black metal in ‘Relentless Passing’, a total howl which then drops into some gentler darkwave and out again into the harsh industrial landscape. Yes I’m back with GosT again where genre… Continue Reading →

Druadan Forest – Dismal Spells From The Dragonrealm (Werewolf)

So labelling this ‘dungeon synth’, according to the PR, is ‘revisionist ‘ and sells short the man’s work. Well only is you think dungeon synth is something to be sneered at, and I most certainly do not think that. Dungeon… Continue Reading →

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