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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
Stone Frequency All Dayer - The Black Heart, London - 22/7/17

Stone Frequency All Dayer – The Black Heart, London – 22/7/17

Stone Frequency All Dayer is a new event organised by Andrew Valiant, impassioned front man of underground stoner metal outfit, Oak. Along with Trevor’s Head, they have rallied like minded bands from around Britain and congregating at Camden’s Black Heart, the billing is like a.. Read More
Venomous Maximus - No Warning (Shadow Kingdom)

Venomous Maximus – No Warning (Shadow Kingdom)

Texans aren’t generally known for doing things on a small scale so when it comes to generosity with classic sounding riffs we should be able to expect something big from the Lone Star state. Venomous Maximus bring in said generosity with third long player, “No.. Read More
Temple Of Lies - The Serial Killer Suite (Attic Records)

Temple Of Lies – The Serial Killer Suite (Attic Records)

Hot on the heels of 2016’s “From Sands”, Temple Of Lies have wasted no time in taking advantage of the creative juices that have been flowing. Indeed, “The Serial Killer Suite” finds these Leicester lads in quite rude health. I managed to catch them live.. Read More
Her Name Was Fire - Road Antics (Raging Planet)

Her Name Was Fire – Road Antics (Raging Planet)

Her Name Was Fire are still a relatively new venture. The Lisbon duo have one EP to their name and “Road Antics” is the debut full length release with promises of stoner rock goodness with grunge and blues elements thrown in. Admittedly, this is definitely.. Read More
Goatwhore - Vengeful Ascension (Metal Blade)

Goatwhore – Vengeful Ascension (Metal Blade)

Respected New Orleans blackened thrashers, Goatwhore find themselves taking a slightly different tack on the seventh album of their career, “Vengeful Ascension”. Looking to capture their live essence on record, they utilised the services of their own soundman, Jarrett Pritchard. Loosely coupled with a concept.. Read More
Gurt, Limb, Temple Of Lies, Oak - London, Black Heart 13/6/17

Gurt, Limb, Temple Of Lies, Oak – London, Black Heart 13/6/17

You’re familiar with those nights when you go to a gig and there’s a confidence that there will be no let downs? Maybe it’s a combination of being absolutely jacked up for the bands or the assured knowledge that you know they will actually deliver... Read More
White Skull - Will Of The Strong (Dragonheart Records)

White Skull – Will Of The Strong (Dragonheart Records)

Having formed in 1988, White Skull could easily be viewed as stalwarts of the Italian power metal scene. “Will Of The Strong” is their tenth release and finds the band still blasting away with vocalist Federica Sister Boni leading from the front with her husky,.. Read More
AlNamrood - Enkar (Shaytan Productions)

AlNamrood – Enkar (Shaytan Productions)

Metal is a strange beast. What about it touches the hearts and minds of people from every part of the world? More than many forms of music, it transcends race, beliefs and culture, yet still remains a pariah in the eyes of many. Dwelling in.. Read More
Adamantine - Heroes & Villains (Allegiance Records)

Adamantine – Heroes & Villains (Allegiance Records)

Lisbon’s Adamantine have landed with their second full length album after a five year gap from debut effort “Chaos Genesis”. Blending thrash and death metal while infusing songs with a heavy melodic element, “Heroes & Villains” finds the band capitalising on their style. Guitarist and.. Read More