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Crawl – Rituals (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Crawl – Rituals (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Do you like pro-wrestling? I do, lots of metal fans do as it happens. Then again, some of my mates call it “pants fighting” and suggest I just like watching oiled up muscular men in lycra sit on each other. They’re wrong of course…..I was.. Read More
Cemetery Urn – Barbaric Retribution (Hells Headbangers)

Cemetery Urn – Barbaric Retribution (Hells Headbangers)

I always shudder a bit when I see a band referred to as “bestial” ….. it makes me think of muddy production masking shitty playing, impenetrable vocals, cover art of a nun / angel / vicar being sodomised by a monster and song titles like.. Read More
Eroded – Necropath (FDA Records)

Eroded – Necropath (FDA Records)

Eroded are a two piece death metal unit from Italy and have been around in one form or another since 2003. “Necropath” is their second full length album and the follow up to 2012’s “Engravings Of A Gruesome Epitaph” and you know what? It’s a.. Read More
Heksen – Post-Mortem Psychanalyse reloaded (Great Dane Records)

Heksen – Post-Mortem Psychanalyse reloaded (Great Dane Records)

Well this is disappointing. I asked the editor to send me, and I quote “any old shit”. The reason being that I’d had a good run of late with everything I’ve been sent being pretty damn good. Now call me an old curmudgeon, but I.. Read More
Dreadful Fate – Vengeance (I Hate Records)

Dreadful Fate – Vengeance (I Hate Records)

Like old German thrash? Miss the days of “Pleasure To Kill” and “Infernal Overkill”? Do you have the first two Exumer albums on constant rotation?  Well, if that’s the case, this record will make you throb so hard you’ll artex your ceiling with jizz! Forming.. Read More
Ribspreader – The Van Murders Part 2 (Xtreem Music)

Ribspreader – The Van Murders Part 2 (Xtreem Music)

Another day, another album featuring Rogga Johansson lands on my mat. Seriously mate….. what are you on? Anyway, Ribspreader are a Swedish death metal band with quite some pedigree. This is their seventh album and the follow up to “The Van Murders” released back in.. Read More
Wombbath – The Great Desolation (Soulseller Records)

Wombbath – The Great Desolation (Soulseller Records)

If you didn’t know, and as the band is often criminally overlooked there’s a good chance you didn’t, Wombbath have been producing some of the gnarliest Swedish death metal since 1992 however, this here album is only the band’s third full length. Hakan Stuvemark and.. Read More
Slaughterday – Abattoir (FDA Records)

Slaughterday – Abattoir (FDA Records)

Man I love a bit of Slaughterday. This German band are super consistent in their output and I had the pleasure of reviewing their last EP 2014s “Ravenous” and this is a nifty little follow up to 2016’s  full length “Laws Of The Occult”. Now,.. Read More
Dimmu Borgir – Eonian (Nuclear Blast)

Dimmu Borgir – Eonian (Nuclear Blast)

Well now, this is going to be divisive. What does black metal even mean anymore? In 1982 it meant you wore as much studded leather as you could, had basic punky riffs, sung about Satan (and being teacher’s pet) stuck a pentagram on everything, got.. Read More
The Grotesquery – The Lupine Anathema And Other Blood-Curdling Tales Of Horror And The Macabre (Xtreem Music)

The Grotesquery – The Lupine Anathema And Other Blood-Curdling Tales Of Horror And The Macabre (Xtreem Music)

The Grotesquery is one of my ‘secret bands’. Not too many of my mates have heard of them and yet this band have produced some of the finest horror concept death metal albums that you’ll ever hear. It’s odd that the band aren’t more well-known.. Read More
Johansson & Speckmann – From The Mouth Of Madness (Soulseller Records)

Johansson & Speckmann – From The Mouth Of Madness (Soulseller Records)

Want some old school dark death metal? Step right up and have a large slice of this, the fourth album / collaboration between bassist & vocalist Paul Speckmann (Master) and guitarist Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Down Among The Dead Men….pretty much every band). “From The Mouth.. Read More
Testament, Annihilator, Vader -LCR Norwich 3/4/18

Testament, Annihilator, Vader -LCR Norwich 3/4/18

It’s an early off tonight for the Polish veterans and the venue is steadily filling up when Vader take to the stage to give the Norfolk massive the full leather, studs and Satan experience. You’d think, given the other bands on this package Pete and.. Read More