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From The Bogs Of Aughiska - Mineral Bearing Veins (Apocalyptic Witchcraft)

From The Bogs Of Aughiska – Mineral Bearing Veins (Apocalyptic Witchcraft)

It has been a good long while since the last full length by this tremendous Irish band, 2013’s ‘Roots Of This Earth Within My Blood’ and really their only recorded output in between was the odd but excellent ‘Fenian Ram’ single (albeit seventeen minutes of.. Read More
Supersuckers - Suck It (SPV)

Supersuckers – Suck It (SPV)

‘All Of The Time’ opens the 30th anniversary of this twelfth Supersuckers studio album with a bit of studio anger outtake. Which oddly for this most rocking of rawk n roll bands seems to run through this album. The song though is a typical bite.. Read More
Vodun – Ascend (Cargo Records)

Vodun – Ascend (Cargo Records)

It would be more than fair to say that London three piece Vodun made a bit of a splash with their debut album Possession and subsequent live performances. They are a riot of colour and exuberance with a hugely energetic sound and concept, powerful distinctive.. Read More
P.H.O.B.O.S -  Phlogiston Catharsis (Transcending Obscurity)

P.H.O.B.O.S – Phlogiston Catharsis (Transcending Obscurity)

My only previous encounter with French industrial death/doom outfit P.H.O.B.O.S was their Triunity split with Blut Aus Nord a few years back, which should at least give you an idea about the kind of headfuck you’re going to encounter here. Well maybe. ‘Biomorphorror’ gives you.. Read More
The Y2K Diary Of Cleo Howard - Sarah Tipper (Self Published)

The Y2K Diary Of Cleo Howard – Sarah Tipper (Self Published)

Sarah Tipper is a writer with a fine heavy metal obsession and a strange habit of feeding snacks to her Motorhead Snaggletooth poster. I mention the latter because Snaggletooth’s diet isn’t too far from this book’s eponymous heroine and I do worry about Ms Howard’s.. Read More
U.D.O. -  Steelfactory (AFM)

U.D.O. – Steelfactory (AFM)

From the outset I have to point out that I wasn’t planning on reviewing an U.D.O album. It’s just that it was looking a little unloved and neglected on the Ave Noctum review pile, and after a career striding through forty years of metal our.. Read More
Spacetrucker - Smooth Orbit - 2nd Pass (S/R)

Spacetrucker – Smooth Orbit – 2nd Pass (S/R)

Go on, just from the name guess what kind of music Spacetrucker play? Actually yes, but this St Louis trio have a little more under their cosmic hood than meets the eye. This is I believe their second self released album since 2016 so I.. Read More
The National Orchestra Of The Kingdom Of Goats – Huntress (UKoG Records)

The National Orchestra Of The Kingdom Of Goats – Huntress (UKoG Records)

Yeah OK I admit it I’d never heard of this herd of goats but the name and the self-description of “symphonic grind pop” kinda bleated out at me. They also perform in masks and face paint and call themselves things like The Coachman and The.. Read More
Doro -  Forever Warriors / Forever United (Nuclear Blast)

Doro – Forever Warriors / Forever United (Nuclear Blast)

Ok, so; When is a double album not a double album? When it’s actually two albums except that they are not sold separately. Yeah, ok..so that implies that there is a difference between them somehow, but they are supposed to go together yeah? I guess... Read More
Eskhaton - Omegalitheos (Lavadome)

Eskhaton – Omegalitheos (Lavadome)

Ah, ok. Well first this is a super bit of packaging; excellent cover art and real attention to the internal art/layout too which is a) always nice to see and b) a good sign of intent. If like me you were unaware, Eskhaton are and.. Read More
Blacklab - Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0 (New Heavy Sounds)

Blacklab – Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0 (New Heavy Sounds)

I was pleased to see this crop up in the review lists as a friend had highlighted the name Blacklab a while back and for once it has lodged in my tiny brain. Blacklab are a guitar/vocals and drum duo from Osaka and the 2.0.. Read More
Nocturnal Breed -  The Whiskey Tapes Germany (Folter Records)

Nocturnal Breed – The Whiskey Tapes Germany (Folter Records)

This here is one of those releases that the band describe as ‘for the fans’, the die hard fans describe as ‘rare and unreleased’ and the rest of us describe as an ‘odds n sods’ collection. As such it’s pretty impossible to review if you’re.. Read More