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Author Jamie

I've been into metal for the greater part of my existence. Exposed from a young age to bands like AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Faith no More, my tastes gravitated towards the heavier end of the spectrum (if I conveniently bypass Skid Row and Mley Cr・...) – first through hearing the likes of Megadeth, Anthrax and Metallica, and then via Pantera, Sepultura and Slayer. In my teenage quest for the heaviest, most unpleasant music imaginable, two old copies of Thrash 'n Burn magazine and a second-hand copy of Eaten Back to Life around 1996 proved defining. Later I discovered Terrorizer and more importantly, some good mail order companies. Death metal rapidly became my favourite musical form and has remained so ever since. Due to life distracting from my ability to keep up-to-date with the genre, I am thankful that writing for this website allows me to indulge my musical needs. As well as the aforementioned bands/genre, I'm also very partial to some rock, punk, thrash and black metal.

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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