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Windthrow – Treacherous Beckonings (S/R)

Well I have to say first off that when someone sends a vinyl copy of their debut as a review copy you do kinda sit up and notice, so thanks for that. Good cover too, and well worth the LP… Continue Reading →

Sathamel – Horror Vacui (S/R)

Once more something stirs in what I am now convinced is a remarkable UKBM scene. It seems to be growing particularly strong in Wales and the North or England at the moment and it’s the latter from where black/death outfit… Continue Reading →

Sins Of The Damned – Striking The Bell Of Death (Shadow Kingdom)

Sins Of The Damned from Santiago, Chile, are a speed metal band, teetering on thrash formed just five years ago. After three demos and a split, this is their debut and on Shadow Kingdom Records no less, a label who… Continue Reading →

Kull – Exile (Black Lion)

So when is a new band not a new band? Well, if you weren’t already aware, when you’re Bal Sagoth, your singer/lyricist/founder decides you’re not so much done as on a frustrating indefinite hold as ‘the hexology is finished’, he… Continue Reading →

Chevalier – Destiny Calls (Gates Of Hell)

Well I haven’t been as initially non-plussed by a band as Finland’s Chevalier since the first time I heard Cirith Ungol. I mean after the intro of ‘Destiny Calls’, ‘The Immurement’ drops in like the band were up-ended out of… Continue Reading →

Lonely Robot – Under Stars (InsideOut)

For the second time this quiet little traveller dares the dark harbour of Ave Noctum; lost perhaps but so welcome. Needed even. So once more I paddle my little canoe out into that sea marked on my map as Out… Continue Reading →

Blood Countess- S/T Demo (S/R)

It’s always a tricky question as to whether to review demos, doubly so when it’s currently Bandcamp only. Triple when it’s a first output. I mean they are demos; demonstrations not finished articles. However I’d been keeping an eye open… Continue Reading →

Brannthorde – Letzte Aller Wahrheiten (ASTAT Entertainment)

Let’s get philosophical: What is black metal? Is it a sound, a philosophy, a lifestyle choice or what? Well no of course I have no definitive answer, but I do tend to stand my ground when I say it’s certainly… Continue Reading →

Mork – Det Svarte Juv (Peaceville)

As I remarked on their previous album Thomas Eriksen’s Mork are one of those bands that manage the impossible of being both very old school Norwegian black metal, but also very much of this time and space and forward looking…. Continue Reading →

Scarcrow – Beyond The Black Rainbow (Scream)

Firstly, check the spelling. Scar, not scare. Makes a helluva difference if you’re trying to find them online. Jus’ sayin’…. With a debut album. named after a marginally obscure horror film, a song called ‘It Can’t Rain All The Time’… Continue Reading →

Vex – Golden Times (Boersma Records)

I have to say that if you let your PR company send out a release that says you are unique and coin a new sub genre for you, you’d better brace yourself as some smartarse reviewer will tell you you’re… Continue Reading →

Interview – Twisted Tower Dire

With an outstanding new album on the shelves and in the ether, US heavy metal heroes and veterans Twisted Tower Dire offered the opportunity of a little swap of questions and answers courtesy of guitarist Dave Boyd. And, you know,… Continue Reading →

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