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Aborted & Cryptopsy – Manchester Rebellion 1/12/18

Due to the gridlocked, stagnant traffic through Manchester City Centre, possibly due to the Manchester City post-match traffic, or even just festive commuters, it took me 95 minutes to travel the last 4 miles to the venue, thus missing Unfathomable… Continue Reading →

Misotheist – S/T (Terratur Possessions)

Mystifying, enigmatic, furtive and surreptitious could all be aligned when trying to capture the essence of Misotheist from Trondheim, Norway. These Scandinavians aren’t draped in past victories, or a history of elaborate outfits and smoke screens; instead, they have bombarded… Continue Reading →

Dalkhu – Lamentation And Ardent Fire (Godz Ov War)

Dalkhu formed in 2003 and J.G is the modern Prometheus behind this beast that has spawned 2 previous creations, and now their latest sacrifice, in the form of ‘Lamentation And Ardent Fire’. Dalkhu have initiated a brutal blend of Black… Continue Reading →

Therapy? – Manchester Gorilla 16/11/18

As I scale the steps leading into Manchester’s Gorilla, I am met with a wall of black clad backs and as I peer over the shoulders of the gathered masses, it’s clear to see that there isn’t an inch to… Continue Reading →

Prezir – As Rats Devour Lions (Godz OV War Productions)

Prezir are relatively new to the metal community, formed in 2016, with their name translating to the literal meaning of ‘Contempt’ in Serbian. When thinking of death metal juggernauts, Milwaukee isn’t one of your classic destinations to spawn a ravenous,… Continue Reading →

Sjukdom – Stridshymner Og Dodssalmer (Osmose)

Sjukdom are as barren and bleak as the Norwegian landscape thy hail from. This is the bands second release, ‘Stridshymner Og Dodssalmer’, and is not to be confused with releases by bands with the same moniker from Sweden and USA…. Continue Reading →

Lordi, Silver Dust and Ego Kills – Sheffield Corporation 22/10/18

As I entered the building I was met with the smooth and silky rock of Ego Kills, who had travelled all the way from their (and indeed tour buddies, and headliners, Lordi’s) homeland of Finland. This quartet, who are often… Continue Reading →

Nirnaeth – From Shadow to Flesh (Malpermesita Records)

Nirnaeth are now into their 16th Year and bring along their brand of blackened, technical death metal focusing again on Satanism and the occult. ‘From Shadow To Flesh’ is their 3rd full length, in a career which has also been… Continue Reading →

Amaranthe – Helix (Spinefarm Records)

A crossover between extreme metal and electronic tunes is the ultimate mission for the Swedish giants, Amaranthe, who have unleashed their techno influenced hard rock in this latest release, ‘Helix’ ‘The Score’ opens with a futuristic spoken word piece before… Continue Reading →

MaYan – Dhyana (Nuclear Blast)

MaYan are back and still have the symphonic mastermind of Mark Jansen at the helm, although this time he has mixed things up and thrown in the absolute juggernaut that is The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Dhyana is the… Continue Reading →

Ruins Of Faith – Dark Evil Illusory Substance (Haarbn Productions)

Demonic, powerful, evil, malevolent and malicious are just a few adjectives for this behemoth from Georgia’s very own Ruins Of Faith. This trio are unleashing their 2nd full length, ‘Dark Evil Illusory Substance’, and it is vile and nasty in… Continue Reading →

Metal Allegiance – Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty (Nuclear Blast)

Throw some huge metal behemoths into a room together and you are either going to get a massive car crash with egos battling for supremacy, or at the other end of the spectrum, you are going to get pure technical… Continue Reading →

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