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Author Gizmo

Being old and creaky (I was a teenager during the NWOBHM) I have no time for people who ' excuse ' their love of metal by saying it's so cheesy, or so ironic. I've taken shit from mainstream types for the music I love for 35 years or so. Stand up and be proud of it with no concessions to what might be hip; the best music and the best fans in the world are within the metal family.

Wardaemonic – Acts Of Repentance (Transcending Obscurity)

Not being familiar with this lot from Australia other than knowing they have put out a few albums, I was kind of expecting some rabid bestial filth somehow. What I got however whilst no less aggressive was…more focussed. The album… Continue Reading →

Moon and Azure Shadow – Age Of Darkness And Frost (Repose Records)

I was aware of US one man project of Sean Yoshioka, Moon And Azure Shadow before this landed but never got round to them. Here in Covid-19 isolation though, time is all I have and this beautiful A5 digipak arrived… Continue Reading →

Garden Of Eyes – Fetid.Rotten.Cursed (Necrolatry Records)

Nattsakog never sleeps! Well he claims he does but me, I’m not so sure. Garden Of Eyes is another of his projects besides Sykelig Englen (black metal), Hexavoid (‘dissonant death metal’) and Blasphemous Degradation (bloody noisy war metal). And probably… Continue Reading →

Dead Dog’s Howl – Mausoleum Of Confessed Thoughts (Fallen Temple)

I picked this up for many reasons (weirdly including postage…) but mostly I admit for the participation of the legendary Jim Mutilator as lyricist. Beyond that I admit I knew nothing. Not sure I really know much more now to… Continue Reading →

Death The Leveller – II (Cruz Del Sur)

You know it’s been a god-long time since I had any true doom to review. It’s all 70s flare botherers and sludgy death these days. This was doubly gratefully received as Death The Leveller rose from the ashes of Irish… Continue Reading →

Scarab – Martyrs Of The Storm (Black Lodge)

I ended up with this as a bit of a surprise if I’m honest. A nice one though as I caught Scarab live at Warhorns Festival in 2016 and really enjoyed their performance. Enough to buy an album. For the… Continue Reading →

Pure Wrath – The Forlorn Soldier (Debemur Morti)

Pure Wrath are, despite two full lengths to their name, a new Indonesian one-man band to me and despite the name this is not lo-fi bestial war metal. In fact, as soon as ‘When A Great Man Dies’ begins you… Continue Reading →

Maeskyyrn – Interlude (Hypnotic Dirge)

Ooo, here’s an oddity. This is the debut full length by Quebec based black metal band Maeskyyrn, but I have to say it doesn’t at first sight seem to fit in with the stuff I usually listen to from that… Continue Reading →

Maere – I (Lavadome)

I know nothing about Maere so it was dive right in unprepared really. We get six tracks, kind of. First is an intro; slow, deep brooding with vague vocal sounds. Echoing, hollow and buzzing of the void. Nicely atmospheric it… Continue Reading →

Sellsword, Dream Troll & Forlorn Hope – The Fulford Arms, York 01/02/20

Oh it’s a bitter-sweet sold out night at one of the country’s best small venues, the Fulford Arms. It’s the night we bid farewell to Lord Stuart Perry, erstwhile singer extraordinaire and genteel master of ceremonies for York’s mercenary band… Continue Reading →

Warhorns Winterfest – Sheffield Corporation 24/1/20

First gig of the year and again we ask the question “When will the Warhorns crew get an even break?” This time? Original venue flooded and the organisers were told only 18 days beforehand. They found a new venue and…two… Continue Reading →

Supersuckers – Play That Rock ‘N’ Roll (SPV)

Me, I’ve been a fan since Sacrilicious Sounds and always welcome the arrival of a new bit of rock n roll irresponsibility from Eddie and the guys. You expect bright, sparky country punk rock and roll, some excellent wry humour… Continue Reading →

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