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Ironsword – Servants Of Steel (Alma Mater)

I have a real soft spot for Portugal’s Ironsword. Five albums in twenty five years shows main man Tann (guitars, vocals) has dogged determination to play the true way regardless of fashion, and including this I own four of them…. Continue Reading →

Mortiis – Spirit Of Rebellion (Omnipresent / Dead Seed Productions)

Just for the record, I like goblins. Whereas the orcs and stuff get all the bad guy praise, poor little goblins are like the weird kid everyone picks on in the school yard. So hurrah for goblinses! Ahem. Sorry. Anyway… Continue Reading →

Wolvencrown – Of Bark And Ash (Avantgarde)

This one fell out into that shadow world of mid to late December but even having finally made their acquaintance in 2019 I wasn’t about to let Wolvencrown’s debut slip by uncommented. UKBM has so much to offer at the… Continue Reading →

Loathfinder / Druj – Aspects Of Oblation (Godz Ov War)

A Polish / US split here I believe. Not that I’m familiar with either band, mind, but let’s have a listen. Poles Loathfinder are first. ‘Soil Of The Starving’ opens up and rages with some ferocious, chaotic death metal howling… Continue Reading →

Beastlurker – Sanguine Elixir Of Psychtropic Divination (Godz Ov War)

Newish US band, two thirds of whom were in Narcotic and this is their firstborn. Black death is the world they inhabit. ‘Caustic Purgatorial Suspension’ has a slow, ominous beginning, all picked notes, martial drums and enveloping vocals/keys. It dies… Continue Reading →

Sun Of The Sleepless / Cavernous Gate – S/T Split (Prophecy)

What we have here is the meeting of two old friends with their respective projects: Sun Of The Sleepless (Schwadorf of Empyrium, The Vision Bleak and Noek) and Cavernous Gate (S.K. Of Helrunar). Does it fit together? Are they worthy… Continue Reading →

Crystal Viper – Tales Of Fire And Ice (AFM Records)

Scarcely a month since the Moon Chamber album came, we now get this, the latest from Marta Gabriel’s main long running and for me much admired band. Two years on from their pretty full throttle straight heavy metal album Queen… Continue Reading →

Die Krupps – Vision 2020 Vision (Oblivion/SPV)

Thee Ed expressed a little surprise when I didn’t immediately plump for this album when the lists were released. I had to explain, somewhat embarrassed, that despite my love and long history with industrial and EBM and having been aware… Continue Reading →

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 →

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