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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
Sentient Horror – The Crypts Below (Testimony Records)

Sentient Horror – The Crypts Below (Testimony Records)

Back in 2016 I was lucky enough to get the debut Sentient Horror album “Ungodly Forms” through to review…..and I won’t lie, it made me chub up a bit. The ludicrously good, old school Swedish DM vibe….. expertly replicated by these oiks from New Jersey.. Read More
Stranglewire – The Dark Triad (Grindscene Records)

Stranglewire – The Dark Triad (Grindscene Records)

Belfast four-piece Stranglewire have only been around a year or so now, releasing their debut single “Narcissism” only last June and are back to bend your ears with this six track EP. They may have only been in existence a little while but the band.. Read More
Venom Inc. – London Islington Academy 13/3/18

Venom Inc. – London Islington Academy 13/3/18

Being a bit older, a bit more jaded and a bit more in need of my bed these days, it’s been a while since I’ve been to a gig that has made be feel as great as this one did. My cheeks ached from all.. Read More
Cryptic Grave – S/T (Great Dane Records)

Cryptic Grave – S/T (Great Dane Records)

When this EP landed on my mat I took one look at the artwork and thought “oh bugger…… he knows I don’t like black metal much”. Old school black and white art with the usual skulls, moons, wonky symbols, tombstones and twigs. Great, another bunch.. Read More
Whipstriker – Merciless Artillery (Hells Headbangers)

Whipstriker – Merciless Artillery (Hells Headbangers)

I love it when promo blurb describes an album as “highly anticipated”. Usually I’ve never even heard of the band and any amount of anticipation is probably only felt by the bands mums….. maybe. Not so with these Brazilian Venom fans whose fourth album “Merciless.. Read More