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Professor Emeritus - Take Me To The Gallows (No Remorse)

Professor Emeritus – Take Me To The Gallows (No Remorse)

Combining the talents of members from several bands on Chicago’s underground metal scene such as Satan’s Hallow, Moros Nyx and Tiger Fight, this new beast under the moniker of Professor Emeritus has finally dropped their debut album, “Take Me To The Gallows”. Theirs is a.. Read More
Watchcries - Wraith (Holy Roar / Headless Guru)

Watchcries – Wraith (Holy Roar / Headless Guru)

Watchcries are the new kid on the block; the four members came together last year from previous bands including Torpor and War Wolf, whose own brands of sludge had earned each a reputation for in-your-face metal. I first caught them at their live debut early.. Read More
Savage Messiah – Hands Of Fate (Century Media)

Savage Messiah – Hands Of Fate (Century Media)

Now in their tenth year, London’s Savage Messiah have steadily built a loyal following and a firm reputation as one of the UK’s top up and coming metal bands. Aside from well received albums and live slots, they were also nominated for Metal Hammer magazine’s.. Read More
Lewis And The Strange Magics - Evade Your Soul (Soulseller Records)

Lewis And The Strange Magics – Evade Your Soul (Soulseller Records)

Barcelona psyche-rockers, Lewis And The Strange Magics are an interesting prospect. Starting life in 2014 and with one album to their credit, sophomore release “Evade Your Soul” finds a band exploring a myriad of musical styles drawn from the sounds of the 60’s and 70’s... Read More
Spirit Adrift - Curse Of Conception (20 Buck Spin)

Spirit Adrift – Curse Of Conception (20 Buck Spin)

Hailing from Arizona, Spirit Adrift are still a very fresh prospect having formed in 2015. “Curse Of Conception” represents the band’s second full length release, showcasing a mix of influences that draw on many big names and will likely please a broad section of the.. Read More
Diablo Blvd- Zero Hour (Nuclear Blast)

Diablo Blvd- Zero Hour (Nuclear Blast)

Fronted by stand up comic Alex Agnew, Belgium’s Diablo Blvd are anything but a humorous act. Quite the contrary, latest release “Zero Hour” finds the band exploring humankind’s darker side within a world that just keeps getting things wrong. Their cries have not gone unheard.. Read More
Affliktor - S/T (Transcending Obscurity)

Affliktor – S/T (Transcending Obscurity)

The gifted, guitar wizardry of Toby Knapp returns with another project, Affliktor. Having reviewed his 2016 release for Waxen, the prospect of another dose of blackened thrash metal was both intriguing and exciting. Again, Knapp is the one man band; the master of ceremonies; the.. Read More
With The Dead - Love From With the Dead (Rise Above)

With The Dead – Love From With the Dead (Rise Above)

With The Dead’s self titled debut in 2015 was greeted with much acclaim. Having been the culmination of efforts from ex-Cathedral front man Lee Dorrian and former Electric Wizard members Tim Bagshaw and Mark Greening, the album was a lesson in crusty doom. Now the.. Read More
Skaarv - S/T (Kelp Forest Records)

Skaarv – S/T (Kelp Forest Records)

Taking inspiration from the natural fury of their country’s coastline, Norway’s Skaarv have released their first full length album following on from 2015’s “Seed Of Justice” EP. The band have managed to secure some decent live support slots including Audrey Horne and Sahg so they’ve.. Read More
Pagan Altar – The Room Of Shadows (Temple Of Mystery)

Pagan Altar – The Room Of Shadows (Temple Of Mystery)

Having begun life in the late 70’s just as the enormity of the NWOBHM movement was unfolding, Pagan Altar were one of the few British doom bands starting out from that period. Given their interrupted lifespan, album output has been relatively sporadic with most of.. Read More
Dead Cross - S/T  (Ipecac Recordings)

Dead Cross – S/T (Ipecac Recordings)

Super groups or artistic collaborations, call them what you will, hold a certain fascination. Riding the risky lines between potential magical genius, wanton self-indulgence or epic failure, there’s also the expectation for some unique identity rather than the safety of simply drawing from a common.. Read More
Acid King + Alunah – London -The Black Heart, 27/7/17

Acid King + Alunah – London -The Black Heart, 27/7/17

The Black Heart is brimming tonight for Acid King’s sold out gig with local touring chums, Alunah. There’s a tangible air of excitement and expectation as a queue quickly develops ahead of doors. Tonight promises to be a sludge and doom lovers delight as punters.. Read More