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Therion – Beloved Antichrist (Nuclear Blast Records)

Therion – Beloved Antichrist (Nuclear Blast Records)

I’ll firstly state here and now that I am a complete and utter fan boy of Therion and have been since the first album released in 1991. I missed the demo years and have tried to buy them but with little success, but even on.. Read More
Stillborn – Mirrormaze / Die In Torment 666 (Godz Ov War Productions)

Stillborn – Mirrormaze / Die In Torment 666 (Godz Ov War Productions)

Of the seven acts I found called Stillborn this version is from Poland and is one of the most prolific in terms of quantities of releases as they’ve seen fit to re-release their first two demos released in 1999 and 2001 respectively titled ‘Mirrormaze’ and.. Read More
Untervoid – S/T (Osmose Productions)

Untervoid – S/T (Osmose Productions)

The duo that comprises this Polish outfit are established members within the country’s extreme metal scene. Adam Sierżęga, aka A, and Konrad Ramotowski, aka Destroyer, have done their service in the underground via acts such as Azarath, Armagedon for the former and Kriegmaschine and Hate.. Read More
Evil Warriors – Fall From Reality (War Anthem Records)

Evil Warriors – Fall From Reality (War Anthem Records)

My expectation for an intro piece to this second album by this German black metal act was unfounded as a penetrating riff initiates the assault that possesses a distorted slant on the title track opener. The riff break is colossal and underpins what this album.. Read More
Leaves’ Eyes – Sign Of The Dragonhead (AFM Records)

Leaves’ Eyes – Sign Of The Dragonhead (AFM Records)

So it finally arrives, the new album by symphonic metallers Leaves’ Eyes, prior to which we got an indication as to the future direction the band would take with the release of the “Fires In The North” EP released in late 2016. Like all Leaves’.. Read More
Greytomb – Monumental Microcosm (Transcending Obscurity)

Greytomb – Monumental Microcosm (Transcending Obscurity)

This Australian band’s debut in 2016, “A Perpetual Descent”, plunged listeners into a quagmire of atmospheric murky blackened horror linking outright riffing malfeasance with dramatic soundscapes that surrounded the songs on multiple levels. Not much has changed generally as the band releases an EP of.. Read More
Seventh Genocide – Toward Akina (Third I Rex)

Seventh Genocide – Toward Akina (Third I Rex)

Black metal, more than any other genre, has produced some of the finest hybridisations of sub-genres resulting in some of the most intelligent, beguiling and intrinsically fascinating albums. I am very much of the school that the setting and mood is critical for listening to.. Read More
Ubiquity – Forever/Denied (Third I Rex)

Ubiquity – Forever/Denied (Third I Rex)

I downloaded this Italian band’s debut “Quiet In Hopelessness” released in 2017, available as a free download just in case you were wondering, to check out the bands progression but it appears they have overhauled their sound from a purely screamo based style into something.. Read More
Desolate Shrine – Deliverance From The Godless Void (Dark Descent)

Desolate Shrine – Deliverance From The Godless Void (Dark Descent)

Anyone who has ever listened to this Finnish death metal act will know just how enveloping the music is, it is truly asphyxiating and even though I have not heard the debut the previous two albums are utterly terrifying as this fourth continues the path.. Read More
Tetragrammacide - Primal Incinerators Of Moral Matrix (Iron Bonehead)

Tetragrammacide – Primal Incinerators Of Moral Matrix (Iron Bonehead)

Having experienced a couple of this Indian bands two releases in 2015 I can honestly say that they come close to holding the black crown of anti-music as the band vomits a debut full length onto this festering world we live in. Whilst the band’s.. Read More
Inconcessus Lux Lucis – The Crowning Quietus (I, Voidhanger Records)

Inconcessus Lux Lucis – The Crowning Quietus (I, Voidhanger Records)

In spite of being around for over a decade via this band and a previous outfit under the moniker Whorethorn both bands have slipped by me even though they’re from Manchester, UK and not far me geography wise. Inconcessus Lux Lucis already has a couple.. Read More
All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal (Southern Lord)

All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal (Southern Lord)

For those unfamiliar with this act it contains a raft of notable personnel, namely Ben Koller (Converge), Matt Woods and Adam Wentworth (Bloodhorse), Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy) and Brian Izzi (Trap Them). I have skirted the fringes of All Pigs Must Die’s music with.. Read More