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Ancestors – Suspended in Reflections (Pelagic Records)

Ancestors – Suspended in Reflections (Pelagic Records)

Ancestors have always been an interesting band to follow. Between 2008 and 2012, the band released three full-length albums, an EP and a split with Graveyard, increasingly refining their sludge metal and moving more into progressive territories. Live they were also a force to be.. Read More
Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers (Transcending Obscurity)

Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers (Transcending Obscurity)

Hailing from Portugal, Gaerea is one of the promising artists on the Transcending Obscurity roster. After a self-titled EP, the masked men of Gaerea are now ready to unleash their debut full length upon the world, called “Unsettling Whispers”. Starting with the mysterious and atmospheric.. Read More
Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things (Metal Blade)

Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things (Metal Blade)

Founded 35 years ago, Lizzy Borden has been around since the early days of hair metal. The band named after the notorious lady who used to wield an axe with deadly precision was mostly successful in the 1980s. However, like so many bands from those.. Read More
Asphagor – The Cleansing (Black Sunset / MDD Records)

Asphagor – The Cleansing (Black Sunset / MDD Records)

The Golden Age of black metal is upon us. There’s been a flood of quality releases coming in recently and now Asphagor is unleashing its third album, called “The Cleansing”. Announced by the record label as “one of the most intelligent and impressive black metal.. Read More
Chrch - Light Will Consume Us All (Neurot Recordings)

Chrch – Light Will Consume Us All (Neurot Recordings)

Psychedelic doom metal on Neurot, what could possibly go wrong? After a debut album and a split with Fister, Chrch was signed by the famous label and now unleashes “Light Will Consume Us All” upon the world. With only three tracks and a total playing.. Read More
Raven Throne - I Miortvym Snicca Zolak (Non Serviam)

Raven Throne – I Miortvym Snicca Zolak (Non Serviam)

Belarus. Probably best known for its political system, this country has so much more to offer. Great cities, a beautiful countryside, massive potato consumption, amazing sausages and a rich cultural tradition, mainly in classical music, opera and ballet. When it comes to metal, Belarus is.. Read More
Fedrespor – Tid (Nordvis)

Fedrespor – Tid (Nordvis)

Originally started as a metal side project for the members of the Norwegian black metal band Sekt, Fedrespor ended up as a solo effort of founder Varg Torden Saastad,  having to do as much with metal as a dark night with a sunny day. Fedrespor’s.. Read More
Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold (Totenmusik/Ván Records)

Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold (Totenmusik/Ván Records)

When Deafheaven released its masterpiece “Sunbather” in 2013, it created a rift in the black metal scene. On one side, there were those who dismissed this new wave as not being black metal at all, while on the other side an increasing amount of artists.. Read More
Spiritual Front – Amour Braque (Prophecy Productions)

Spiritual Front – Amour Braque (Prophecy Productions)

Undoubtedly, Spiritual Front is one of the most interesting bands coming forth from the neofolk scene. Originally starting as a solo project, the band around Simone Salvatori has broadened its horizon over the years, expanding its sound with elements of pop, tango, blues and rock.. Read More
Dark Buddha Rising - II (Neurot)

Dark Buddha Rising – II (Neurot)

Roadburn 2012. I made my plan for each festival day to catch my favourite bands, yet such plans always go to hell as soon as the day starts. Somehow, I managed to end up at a show of Dark Buddha Rising, an unknown band to.. Read More
Ulvesang – The Hunt (Nordvis)

Ulvesang – The Hunt (Nordvis)

First expecting a Danish band, I was quite surprised that Ulvesang (Danish for Wolves Song) are apparently from Canada. After a self-titled debut album in 2015, the band has moved on to Nordvis for its successor, called “The Hunt”. Alex Boyd and Ana Dujakovic are.. Read More
Deathwhite – For A Black Tomorrow (Season Of Mist)

Deathwhite – For A Black Tomorrow (Season Of Mist)

Last year, French record label Season Of Mist managed to impress me with some fantastic releases, including the outstanding “Radiation” album by Impure Wilhelmina, which ended up on top of my “best of 2017” list. This year, it’s starting well again with Erdve and now.. Read More