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Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Yn Ol I Annwn (New Heavy Sounds)

Welsh outfit Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard’s upward trajectory seems to know no boundaries at the moment. A visionary band, they set out on their quest to create a psychedelic, sci-fi trilogy that started with 2015’s “Noeth Ac Anoeth”, and 2017’s… Continue Reading →

Booze Control – Forgotten Lands (Gates Of Hell Records)

Teutonic head bangers Booze Control are now ten years into their career. Their recorded output has been steady with an EP and four long players to their credit. The band name might suggest a debauched Sunset Strip hair group decked… Continue Reading →

Toby Knapp – Blizzard Archer (Moribund)

Toby Knapp returns in a slightly different guise on latest release, “Blizzard Archer”. My previous experiences have been with his Waxen and Affliktor projects where his prowess as a guitarist combined with churning, aggressive black metal tones. This time around… Continue Reading →

Dethonator – Race Against The Sun: Part One (Pavement Entertainment)

London’s Dethonator have been hard at work creating a follow up to 2013’s “Return To Damnation”. Full of tight knit blasts of classic era metal, they had laid their foundation and marked out their direction. New release, “Race Against The… Continue Reading →

Dawn Of Winter – Pray For Doom (I Hate)

Since their formation in 1991, Dawn Of Winter have a string of demo’s, EP’s and a compilation appearance to their name along with two LP’s. Their third long player “Pray For Doom” finds the band flying the flag for classic… Continue Reading →

Pale Divine – S/T (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Veteran doom crew Pale Divine break a six year silence with this new, self titled LP. The Pennsylvania based band continue to remain true to their classic doom roots and the genre picking up where 2012’s “Painted Windows Black” left… Continue Reading →

Convent Guilt – Diamond Cut Diamond (Gates Of Hell Records)

Aussie heavy metal outfit, Convent Guilt deliver their second long player clinging to the golden era sounds of 1978-1982 where the NWOBHM found its feet and today’s giants of our world started to stamp their almighty authority. To worship at… Continue Reading →

Satan’s Satyrs – The Lucky Ones (Riding Easy Records/Bad Omen)

A certain amount of excitement develops whenever Satan’s Satyrs release some new work. The band remains active with a steady stream of LP’s, split releases and EP’s but “The Lucky Ones” does find them in a slightly different space with… Continue Reading →

Carpe Noctem – Vitrun (Code666)

Icelandic black metal outfit, Carpe Noctem deliver their second long player, “Vitrun” five years on from debut release “In Terra Profugus”. Their homeland has proved to be a haven for extreme metal of the highest quality and this disc finds… Continue Reading →

Waxen – Terror Decree (Moribund)

Toby Knapp continues his lone journey to thrash the charred soul of black metal into dust. “Terror Decree” marks the fourth full length outing under the Waxen moniker and finds him dexterously laying waste to all in his path. This… Continue Reading →

Rose Tattoo / Girlschool – The Limelight 2, Belfast 7/9/18

**WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRATUITOUS SELF INDULGENCE AND NARCISSISTIC CONTENT. CHILDREN UNDER 50 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY SOMEONE IRRESPONSIBLE** Stalwarts? Survivors? Those who cannot be beaten? Rock ‘n Roll outlaws? A little bit of everything perhaps as my thoughts… Continue Reading →

Cauldron – New Gods (Dissonance Productions)

Cauldron are back with latest offering, “New Gods”. Since forming in 2006, they’ve a string of full length albums and EP’s to their credit. The band continue to explore the classic era heavy metal sounds inspired by the likes of… Continue Reading →

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