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Junkpile Jimmy - Wants You Dead (Cartel Ilustre)

Junkpile Jimmy – Wants You Dead (Cartel Ilustre)

Err…where to start. Ok, somewhere around 2005 when this was originally recorded and shelved by I assume Jimmy I guess. Or whoever the Californian behind this is. Yeah. Now it’s here. Just what the…   what the Hell is it? Well It’s lots of slide guitar... Read More
Cancer -  Shadow Gripped (Peaceville)

Cancer – Shadow Gripped (Peaceville)

It’s pretty telling that with Cancer you have to mention that fourth album. Their first three early nineties albums were pretty darned well received and are still rightly held in high esteem by many fans of death and thrash metal. But you always have to.. Read More
Valafar -  Wolvenkind (S/R)

Valafar – Wolvenkind (S/R)

Luck is a weird thing. For Bradford’s own death metal Vikings they’ve definitely seen both sides this year. Hopefully though this sadly delayed album finally seeing the cold winter light of day (delayed through no fault of band or even the label it was supposed.. Read More
Vanik -  II Dark Season (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Vanik – II Dark Season (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Well it’s the right time of the year for this. Vanik is the live guitarist for black n filth metal noise mongers Midnight but it has to be said that this is very clearly a second cousin to that band, albeit with a much more.. Read More
Ophidian Forest - votive (Code666)

Ophidian Forest – votive (Code666)

Ok I mostly picked this up through intrigue. Intrigue caused by an ex-guitarist running their original Facebook page, not having talked to them for five years, directing people to the new page and mumbling about not having a clue what “psyche proggy black metal is.. Read More
Sargeist – Unbound (World Terror Committee)

Sargeist – Unbound (World Terror Committee)

Things have been a bit turbulent for Finnish black metal cultists Sargeist. With only mastermind Shatraug left from the line up that recorded Feeding The Crawling Shadows in 2014, including long time collaborators Horns and Hoath Torog leaving, I was pretty apprehensive about this album.. Read More
Crimson Throne - Of Void And Solitude (Apocalyptic Witchcraft)

Crimson Throne – Of Void And Solitude (Apocalyptic Witchcraft)

Crimson Throne are a pretty new English black metal band and signing to the interesting little label Apocalyptic Witchcraft, and have toured a fair bit recently with bands such as label mates From The Bogs Of Aughiska and Coltsblood. Enough style there to make me.. Read More
Chthonic -  Battlefields Of Asura (S/R)

Chthonic – Battlefields Of Asura (S/R)

It’s been five years since we’ve heard new material from Sing Ling Temple and Taiwan’s fiercest celestial defenders. Five years with precious little available outside of Taiwan to keep us occupied. Well apart from the Takasago Army and Bu-Tik albums which are still in rotation.. Read More
Warhorns Festival – Eggborough Sports & Social Club 22/9/18 Part 3

Warhorns Festival – Eggborough Sports & Social Club 22/9/18 Part 3

Interlude: There were real timing issues On Saturday but so you know from the outset this is the real tale, most I knew on the day (I asked) but the rest was direct from Glyn a few days after. And let’s be honest by the.. Read More
Warhorns Festival – Eggborough Sports & Social Club 21/9/18 Part 2

Warhorns Festival – Eggborough Sports & Social Club 21/9/18 Part 2

Well bugger me it was almost sunny the next day! It appeared most people had survived the night by the time we had picked up our passengers and arrived, and also that more than the odd hangover was being nursed. We also had two brilliant.. Read More
Warhorns Festival - Eggborough Sports & Social Club 20/9/18 Part 1

Warhorns Festival – Eggborough Sports & Social Club 20/9/18 Part 1

It’s that time again. Warhorns. A time of mead, music and a smorgasbord of death, black, viking and folk metal. A festival with the mission to bring us bands who rarely if ever play the UK along with great UK bands that range from stalwarts.. Read More
Hangman's Chair -  Banlieue Triste (Spinefarm)

Hangman’s Chair – Banlieue Triste (Spinefarm)

I first came across this pretty unclassifiable French band with their 2015 album ‘This Is Not Supposed To Be Positive’. As this titles translates to something like ‘Sad Suburb’ you can tell their mood or preoccupations haven’t improved much over three years. After a quiet,.. Read More