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Fister – No Spirit Within (Listenable)

Fister – No Spirit Within (Listenable)

This is Fister’s fourth full length release in nearly a decade. A decade that has been peppered with splits to keep the sludge thirsty sated.  The St Louis trio’s last album – 2015’s IV was one crushing 45 minute monolith of metal – no bite size.. Read More
Rotten Sound - Suffer to Abuse (Season Of Mist)

Rotten Sound – Suffer to Abuse (Season Of Mist)

I first became aware of Rotten Sound in 2000 when Still Psycho was released. I hadn’t listened to Grindcore since I bought From Enslavement to Obliteration when it came out. I was in for a blast – in many ways.  The Finns have remained at the.. Read More
Zeke - Hellbender (Relapse)

Zeke – Hellbender (Relapse)

Motorhead’s shadow cast long over Lemmy and co’s career. Punk bands especially felt an affinity for the speed fuelled balls out fury the band unleashed.  One band that were certainly ejaculated out of Snaggletooth’s hairy phallus is Zeke. Formed in Seattle in 1992 these guys did.. Read More
Ungfell – Mythen, Maren, Pestilenz (Eisenwald)

Ungfell – Mythen, Maren, Pestilenz (Eisenwald)

Ungfell is a one man Black metal project from Switzerland. That one man is Menetekel who has been writing and recording necrotic folk tinged Black Metal since 2014. Being a one man band must mean no creative differences and the ability to get shit done quick.. Read More
Death Alley – Superbia (Century Media)

Death Alley – Superbia (Century Media)

Retro rock is being churned out like seaside rock in a sweetie factory in mainland Europe these days. It just depends whether Sabbath or Jefferson Airplane is written through the middle.  It either floats your tie dyed boat or it doesn’t. If it does then the.. Read More
Black Royal – Lightbringer (Suicide Records)

Black Royal – Lightbringer (Suicide Records)

For decades now rock music has divided its genres into slivers so that every specific , particular nuance can be catered to in an ever decreasing insular grouping. Prefixes and suffixes abound and genres get compounded to create Chimera that purport to be the next.. Read More
The Vice - XIII Years (S/R)

The Vice – XIII Years (S/R)

This E.P from Stockholm’s The Vice is 4 tracks of Nightbreed style Goth rock with hints of metal.  This trio layer on the atmosphere like the beer and sweat on the steps in the Slimelight (treacherous masonry that it is) . Rickard has a vocal style.. Read More
Sacred Leather - Ultimate Force (Cruz Del Sur)

Sacred Leather – Ultimate Force (Cruz Del Sur)

It’s that time again travellers. Back to the future we go. Sacred Leather. Ultimate Force.  Tonight we’re gonna party like its 1983! Lifting the curtain of mystique for just a second this is Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch’s chance to step from behind the drum stool strap.. Read More
Moscow Death Brigade – Boltcutter (Fire And Flames Music)

Moscow Death Brigade – Boltcutter (Fire And Flames Music)

When nostalgists wax lyrical about the 1990’s there is something that is always overlooked amongst the plaid shirts, baggy tie dye and bucket hats. At one point you would have found me jumping around a field in Berkshire (more specifically a medium size tent) to.. Read More
Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Season Of Mist)

Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Season Of Mist)

Finland’s Hooded Menace have returned with their fifth offering with a truly tongue twisting name. 2015’s “Darkness Drips Forth” contained a quartet of epic Doom Death that pricked my ears before pummelling them. I think “Elysium of Dripping Death” is still the longest song I.. Read More
Thaw – Grains (Agonia Records)

Thaw – Grains (Agonia Records)

Polish quintet Thaw offer up 5 slabs of experimental Blackened noise with “Grains” the follow up to 2014’s “Earth Ground”.  If you can imagine the sonic equivalent to the polar ice caps melting  – a wall of freezing death oozing from a crack in an unforgiving blue.. Read More
Ayat- Carry on, Carrion (Moribund)

Ayat- Carry on, Carrion (Moribund)

It is hard for me to review this album by Lebanese BM bods Ayat objectively. A lot is made online of the threat that these guys live under due to their anti religious , anti conformist stance. As far as I was concerned Lebanon is.. Read More