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Anthrax – Den Atelier, Luxembourg 09/06/16

Anthrax – Den Atelier, Luxembourg 09/06/16

Thanks to the advertised start time of 9:30 for tonight’s gig, I arrived too late to catch local talent Scarlet Anger (their sophomore album reviewed here some time back). On the bright side, this obviously meant that there wasn’t much time to wait before the.. Read More
Vainaja – Verenvalaja (Svart)

Vainaja – Verenvalaja (Svart)

In 2014, the Finnish three-piece Vainaja introduced the world to its conceptual death-doom. Their debut, ‘Kadotetut’, was a real eye/ear opener for this listener with its combination of mammoth, memorable tracks and overarching themes centred on the sermons of one Wilhelm Waenaa, a leader of.. Read More
The Pete Flesh Deathtrip – Svartnad (Critical Mass)

The Pete Flesh Deathtrip – Svartnad (Critical Mass)

Three years after The Pete Flesh Deathtrip assaulted the world with its debut album ‘Mortui Vivos Docent’, the band led by former Maze of Torment shredder Pete Flesh has returned. That previous disc was a fine example of blackened Swedish death metal, taking cues from.. Read More
Rebaelliun – The Hell's Decrees (Hammerheart)

Rebaelliun – The Hell’s Decrees (Hammerheart)

Rebaelliun hail from a time when the Brazilian scene boasted a plethora of insanely fast, brutal bands thanks to Krisiun. Amidst the likes of Abhorrence, Mental Horror, Nephasth and those aforementioned legends, Rebaelliun stood out as the best of the bunch for this death metalhead... Read More
Desaster – The Oath of an Iron Ritual (Metal Blade)

Desaster – The Oath of an Iron Ritual (Metal Blade)

Renowned for high quality albums such as 2012’s ‘The Arts of Destruction’ – arguably their best yet – Desaster are a metal institution. Cementing their reputation as such is their feral live performance. Boasting the kind of raw, borderline out-of-control speed that Slayer appeared to.. Read More
Purgatory – Omega Void Tribvnal (War Anthem)

Purgatory – Omega Void Tribvnal (War Anthem)

When I saw Purgatory’s name pop in the reviews list, I must say that I was more than curious to see how these Germans have evolved over the years. My first (and only) experience of them was their debut ‘Damage Done by Worms’; an enjoyable.. Read More
Satanic Warmaster/Archgoat – Split (Hells Headbangers)

Satanic Warmaster/Archgoat – Split (Hells Headbangers)

It seems there’s been quite a bit of controversy around Satanic Warmaster lately – something to do with a gig in Scotland. Now they’re not a band I’d ever really investigated. From distant memory (mainly Supernal mail order catalogues) their early album titles and choices.. Read More
Lebensnacht – A Raging Storm of Apocalypse (Naturmacht)

Lebensnacht – A Raging Storm of Apocalypse (Naturmacht)

Germany’s Lebensnacht has been a prolific black metal entity since releasing its first split in 2012. Its previous album, 2014’s ‘Uudelleensyntynyt ikuiseen pimeyteen’, was even preceded by not one but two full-lengths in 2013. Having left a hefty two-year gap between releases, the band’s latest.. Read More
The Infernal Sea – The Great Mortality (Cacophonous)

The Infernal Sea – The Great Mortality (Cacophonous)

It’s always a pleasure being confronted with new extreme metal talent from the UK having not lived there for a decade. And even more so when you’re confronted with an act like The Infernal Sea, who hail from a familiar place (well, I’ve been through.. Read More
Nordjevel – S/T (Osmose)

Nordjevel – S/T (Osmose)

Formed as recently as the Spring of 2015, the Norwegian black metal entity known as Nordjevel has set out to establish its vision of how the genre and occultism should be merged with its self-titled debut. Joined by a certain Swede named F. Widigs (Marduk).. Read More
Bode Preto – Mystic Massacre (Iron Tyrant)

Bode Preto – Mystic Massacre (Iron Tyrant)

Formed in Brazil in 2010, Bode Preto – or Black Goat in their native Portuguese – have previously inflicted one EP and a full-length on the world. Given their origin and image, it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that they follow in.. Read More
Degial – Savage Mutiny (Sepulchral Voice)

Degial – Savage Mutiny (Sepulchral Voice)

Formed in 2006, Sweden’s satanic death horde Degial gained much praise for their debut album, 2012’s ‘Death’s Striking Wings’. Their reputation for quality has been further solidified with a few stints supporting Watain, as well as having one of the band’s members helping out those.. Read More