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New Years Day – Unbreakable (Century Media)

New Years day were formed back in 2005, and are an all American rock band from Anaheim, California. They have returned some 4 years after their last release, ‘Malevolence’, with their new inception, ‘Unbreakable’. I started off trying to dissect… Continue Reading →

Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult – Mardom (War Anthem Records)

This 22 year old Germanic Black metal institution that is Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult is back with their 6th sacrifice in the form of ‘Mardom’. This is pure, raw, traditional, venomous black metal in its purest form and Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult… Continue Reading →

Kamelot, Evergrey, Visions of Atlantis – Manchester Club Academy 21/3/19

Tonight is a power metal fans dream come true, Kamelot, a massive enterprise in the aforementioned sub-genre, are rolling into Manchester, and tonight is just one of three dates of the UK leg of their current tour, and with a… Continue Reading →

Forever Still – Breathe In Colours (Nuclear Blast)

Forever Still have flourished since they burst out of the blocks in 2013, and this Danish animal has established a solid and robust fan base within their genre, partly to their unwavering touring commitments and prestigious support slots with behemoths… Continue Reading →

Blodskam – La Bas (Suicide Records)

Blodskam are brothers from Sweden and their musical roots date back to 1998 when they conceived their black metal beast. The duo didn’t release anything bearing the Blodskam moniker until recently when Aghora and Dodfodd entered the studio and enlisted… Continue Reading →

Thormesis – The Sixth (MDD Records)

Thormesis were founded in 2006 and their latest album ‘The Sixth’ is appropriately titled as it is indeed their sixth opus. ‘The Sixth’ opens with ‘Sonnen’ which has mesmerising guitar hangs and then it kicks into a technical and clean… Continue Reading →

Decapitated, Dyscarnate and Baest Manchester Academy 3 12/2/19

An evening of brutal, violent and fierce death metal is on the cards tonight and as I walk into the Academy 3 I am hit by a wall of sound, being generated by the first of tonight’s trio of bands…. Continue Reading →

Behemoth, At The Gates, Wolves In The Throne Room Manchester Ritz 9/2/19

A perfect storm was created when they announced this show had sold out, but then to also open the doors at 17.30 seems a little crazy, there must be a good reason behind it though, and especially considering the gig… Continue Reading →

Diabolical – Eclipse (Indie Recordings)

21 years and four full length releases later, amongst a splattering of EP’s a demo and a live album, sees this Swedish blackened death juggernaut spawn a new creation, namely ‘Eclipse’. Diabolical describe this as a concept album, which reflects… Continue Reading →

Groza – Unified In Void (Art Of Propaganda)

This is the first sacrifice since the 2016 inception by German misanthropic horde Groza. This spawn is labelled as a full length release, but its DNA is made up of only a limited 5 tracks, generating a ‘Reign in Blood’… Continue Reading →

Ondfodt – Dodsrikets Kallelse (Immortal Frost Productions)

Ondfodt are back, four years after unleashing their uncompromising ‘Hexkonst’ on the world, and they are well and truly cementing their position within the ranks of the Finnish black metal elite. ‘Dodsrikets kallelse’ opens up with an intro that demonstrates… Continue Reading →

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 →

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