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End Christian – Bach part One (Translation Loss / Internet & Weed / Corpse Flower Records)

End Christian – Bach part One (Translation Loss / Internet & Weed / Corpse Flower Records)

Trip Hop is a funny beast. As sludge is to NOLA the heady mix of rhythmic dance, hip hop and electronica slithered from Bristol in the 90’s. How strange to hear it’s influence so heavy in End Christian. This is a bizarre smorgasbord of musicians.. Read More
Impending Doom – The Sin and Doom Vol II (Longbranch)

Impending Doom – The Sin and Doom Vol II (Longbranch)

I did not know anything about this band when I requested to give it a spin. The blurb promised a heady mix of Death metal Grind and Hardcore. My interest was piqued. Now I must say having listened to The Sin and Doom Vol ii.. Read More
Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast)

Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast)

The UK is in the middle of a heatwave. The news is full of sweltering red faced folks and my social media feed is full of red shouldered metallers  at Graspop or Hellfest. SO of course now is the ripe time for original Blizzard Beasts.. Read More
Blasphamagoatachrist - Black Metal Warfare (Nuclear War Now)

Blasphamagoatachrist – Black Metal Warfare (Nuclear War Now)

If a band is on Nuclear War Now you know you are not gonna get blackgaze or folk. The band name is horrendously wonderful. An amalgamation of its members other acts – Blasphemy, Goatpenis and Antichrist (why leave penis out of the name guys –.. Read More
Poptone – S/T (Cleopatra Records)

Poptone – S/T (Cleopatra Records)

Arthouse, post punk, proto Goth, Alternative rock whatever you want to call them Northampton’s Bauhaus sent a shockwave around the world with their look and sense of drama, both visually and sonically.  Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins (AKA Kevin Dompe) went on to form Love and.. Read More
Madball – For The Cause (Nuclear Blast)

Madball – For The Cause (Nuclear Blast)

Back in the late eighties when Agnostic Front’s Roger Miret first let his 12 year old brother Freddy Cricien jump on stage and take the mic no one could have thought that “Madball” Freddy and his pals would still be recording Hardcore and would become.. Read More
Mist – Free Me of the Sun (Soulseller)

Mist – Free Me of the Sun (Soulseller)

Ljubljana in Slovenia is not a city that springs to mind when it comes to Doom. In fact the only reason I have heard of this capital is because Laibach erupted from there decades ago. Unlike their fellow country folk Mist do not offer up.. Read More
Morag Tong – Last Knell of Om (S/R)

Morag Tong – Last Knell of Om (S/R)

Have you heard of Morag Tong yet? If you like your doom mashed up and spacey with plenty of space between the riffs and beats then you bally well should have. I first encountered this London based quartet in April when I was sent “We.. Read More
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