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Goath – Luciferian Goath Ritual (Ván Records)

Goath – Luciferian Goath Ritual (Ván Records)

The moment you look at the rather disturbing but eye catching cover art alongside the bands fantastic logo you know you’re in for a sinister listen. With only one demo out previously this debut, from the German newcomers, hits the ground at a proverbial gallop... Read More
Hyenas – Deadweights (Pelagic Records)

Hyenas – Deadweights (Pelagic Records)

If you didn’t know Pelagic Records is the label run by Robin Staps from The Ocean who you should recognise. The label is packed with excellent bands ranging from post rock to grindcore as this new proposition from Germany unveils a debut album that keeps.. Read More
Gorephilia – Severed Monolith (Dark Descent Records)

Gorephilia – Severed Monolith (Dark Descent Records)

“Embodiment Of Death” this Finnish band’s debut was a decent slab of old school death metal as five years later we get the follow up which has been well worth the wait as this is a pulverising listen from start to finish. As the gentle.. Read More
Patria – Magna Adversia (Soulseller Records)

Patria – Magna Adversia (Soulseller Records)

I was very lucky and extremely pleased to have seen this Brazilian band play Inferno Festival a couple of years ago giving me call to check them out fully. This album is the bands sixth but the first in three years since the excellent “Individualism”.. Read More
Battle Beast – Bringer Of Pain (Nuclear Blast)

Battle Beast – Bringer Of Pain (Nuclear Blast)

Possibly one of the most happening bands in Europe at the moment, Finnish metal horde Battle Beast continue their campaign for world domination in the melodic metal market by unveiling their fourth album some two years after the excellent “Unholy Saviour”. With copious touring escapades.. Read More
Firewind - Immortals (Century Media)

Firewind – Immortals (Century Media)

It has been five years since the last full length from Firewind, the band headed up by guitar extraordinaire Gus G. During those years Gus G has been busy on other projects including the release of two solo albums and continuing to deploy his considerable.. Read More
Metal For Melbourne - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne 14/1/17

Metal For Melbourne – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne 14/1/17

My timing for arriving in Australia to see my sister and a friend has been excellent as in the first week I managed to get to two gigs, the first of which was Sanzu (also reviewed by yours truly) and this one which was an.. Read More
Sanzu, Daemon Pyre, Deadspace, The Hazard Circular, Zeolite - The Tote Hotel, Melbourne, Australia 13/1/12

Sanzu, Daemon Pyre, Deadspace, The Hazard Circular, Zeolite – The Tote Hotel, Melbourne, Australia 13/1/12

One of the great aspects about travelling abroad is the opportunity to catch local metal acts at new venues making the cliché that a journalist never rests very apt as I was very pleased to be able to catch Sanzu who had travelled from Perth.. Read More
Shaarimoth - Temple Of The Adversarial Fire (World Terror Committee)

Shaarimoth – Temple Of The Adversarial Fire (World Terror Committee)

Judging by the band name and the fact this band is from Norway one would assume that this is a black metal band. An assumption that proves unfounded on this sophomore following a debut called “Current 11” released over a decade ago in 2005. With.. Read More
Brutal Unrest – Trinitas (Hammerheart)

Brutal Unrest – Trinitas (Hammerheart)

Having been around for over a decade this German band has released a couple of albums before dropping this third album onto this listener who is unfamiliar with the bands previous efforts. An old school approach is favoured as the album opens with a very.. Read More
The Drip – The Haunting Fear Of Inevitability (Relapse)

The Drip – The Haunting Fear Of Inevitability (Relapse)

This US grind act came across my path via a friend who recommended them to me in 2014 with their “A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics” EP that I promptly bought after listening to a few tracks online. Grindcore is not an easy genre to make.. Read More
Castigator – The Recommencement (S/R)

Castigator – The Recommencement (S/R)

With a single demo out in 2011 this German band releases their first EP which is short but distilled to give five thrash based songs that mix in shreds of death metal too. The title track opens this with a spartan industrial vibe that is.. Read More