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My Silent Wake - Invitation To Imperfection (Opa Loka)

My Silent Wake – Invitation To Imperfection (Opa Loka)

It’s always good to be reminded that my reputation amongst my less musically anal retentive friends for having an encyclopaedic knowledge of metal is not really deserved. Case in point being doom band My Silent Wake, as to the best of my knowledge despite more.. Read More
Fell Ruin - To The Concrete Drifts (I Voidhanger)

Fell Ruin – To The Concrete Drifts (I Voidhanger)

This is apparently the second release from US band Fell Ruin, but the first full length and the first I’ve heard of them. What’s within? Well ‘Respire’ is the acoustic guitar intro which takes route A and simply stops before a couple of solemn drum.. Read More
Anvil Strykez - Stealth Attack (Wolf Force Corporation)

Anvil Strykez – Stealth Attack (Wolf Force Corporation)

I live in a world where ‘synthwave’ appears to be a thing. I’m not sure how this happened; a musical genre seemingly inspired by the soundtracks to 1980s straight to VHS films and other forgotten ‘classics’ (anyone remember the title song for Megaforce by 707?.. Read More
Black Mirrors - Funky Queen (Napalm)

Black Mirrors – Funky Queen (Napalm)

Debut four track EP from Belgian rockers Black Mirrors with a title that for me promises lots and threatens about the same; the kind of title that suggests female singer, low-slung guitar swagger in a doomy style and if you’re lucky a bucket load of.. Read More
Unearthly Trance - Stalking The Ghost (Relapse)

Unearthly Trance – Stalking The Ghost (Relapse)

It’s been a while. Six years since their last full length and ten since I last crossed paths with Unearthly Trance. As my losing touch was accidental (money, time, health) rather than deliberate it’s good to know where they are on album number six. The.. Read More
HARK – Machinations (Season Of Mist)

HARK – Machinations (Season Of Mist)

Bewildering. It can be a good or a bad description. I think the last time that word fell to nicely summing up music for me was Mastodon’s ‘balance point’ album Blood Mountain; the one where their sludge based heaviness still counterbalanced their burgeoning prog urges... Read More
Zeal & Ardor - Devil Is Fine (MVKA)

Zeal & Ardor – Devil Is Fine (MVKA)

Imagine this. For a moment, just imagine. You are from a land and a people with its own stories and its own gods. You are taken from this land by force, put in chains, suffer the worst deprivations and degradations that humans can inflict on.. Read More
Crystal Viper - Queen Of The Witches (AFM)

Crystal Viper – Queen Of The Witches (AFM)

When I found myself originally pointed in the direction of Crystal Viper’s debut by Russ Smith I never really looked back. Apart from the fact they look perfect as a heavy metal band (y’know, those band pictures where you can’t decide if it’s a band.. Read More
Dool - Here Now, There Then (Prophecy Productions)

Dool – Here Now, There Then (Prophecy Productions)

Dutch band Dool (apparently it means ‘wander’) have coalesced around ex- The Devil’s Blood bassist and drummer Job van de Zande and Micha Haringfrom respectively. As such they unavoidably bring a certain amount of baggage with them for me as I loved TDB. The PR.. Read More
The Clamps - Blend, Shake, Swallow (Heavy Psych Sounds)

The Clamps – Blend, Shake, Swallow (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Italian trio The Clamps play a slightly stoner influenced brand of blazing trashy punk ‘n’ metal garage rock ‘n’ roll. Cranking up with the opening instrumental ‘Barracuda’, an exercise in shouting without words “we really know what a riff is!”, they then barrel their way.. Read More
Heathen Deity - Religious Purification Through Fire (S/R)

Heathen Deity – Religious Purification Through Fire (S/R)

Funny you know, but for someone writing for a site that specialises in underground music I don’t get to listen to many Demos. Sad ‘cos I love them. A few even end up being regular spins years later (Atlantean Kodex, Tengger Cavalry, The Devil’s Blood,.. Read More
Emptiness - Not For Music (Season Of Mist)

Emptiness – Not For Music (Season Of Mist)

Belgians Emptiness have been on the go since 1998 and this makes their fifth studio album and my first encounter. Yep, finger on the pulse as ever… Anyway, I gather they come from a kind of black/death background which on the strength of Not For.. Read More