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Delain & cyHra Manchester Ritz 7/2/20

Delain have come a long way since my first encounter with them, back in 2009, at the Femme Metal Festival, housed in The Birmingham Asylum, and I saw the band play to approx. 20 devotees, who must have all been… Continue Reading →

God Dethroned – Illuminati (Metal Blade)

Boom, and these Dutch heavyweights have delivered another huge slab of blackened death metal to our feet. ‘Illuminati’ is huge, blasting and full of pulverising intentions, and a welcome release bridging a two-year gap since their last opus, ‘The World… Continue Reading →

Serpent Noir – Death Clan OD (World Terror Committee)

An atmospheric guitar piece opens ‘Death Clan OD’ with ‘The Black Knighthood Of OD’ before Serpent Noir launch a full-on attack on the senses. ‘Cutting The Umbilical Cord Of Hel’ is a brutal affair and leads with battering fretwork and… Continue Reading →

Goats Of Doom – Tie On Hanen Omilleen (Purity Through Fire)

The Finnish Blasphemous overlords have once again returned and this time with ‘Tie On Hanen Omilleen’, a 7-track blast which will knock you for six from the moment it carves itself open with ‘Mustan Unen Aiti’, to the moment it… Continue Reading →

Enthroned, Schammasch, Caronte, Argesk – Manchester Rebellion 7/1/20

Tonight’s gig fell victim to a catalogue of changes, the move from its original base in Nottingham to the Rebellion in Manchester, and more recently the door times moving to the early shift of 18.00 hours prompt. . This together… Continue Reading →

Flukt – Darkness Devour (Dusktone)

‘Darkness Devour’ launches out of the blocks akin to a supercharged Usain Bolt. These Norwegians, Flukt, are on a mission and have returned to spawn their first full-length effort since their inception in 2014. The vocals from A.O are vindictive… Continue Reading →

Leaves Eyes, Sirenia, Forever Still – Manchester Bread Shed 28/11/18

The dreaded curse of the M62 morphed my usual 50 minute transition across the Pennines into a colossal 3 hour trip and subsequently ensured I missed the first 2 bands on the Female Metal Voices touring package. News also started… Continue Reading →

Saligia – Vesaevus (Van Records)

Saligia formed in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2011 that they released their first full length, ‘Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’, previously only laying down demos in an attempt to gain a foothold in the icy barren black metal landscape. The… Continue Reading →

Nocturnal Depression – Tides of Despair (Sun & Moon Records)

Nocturnal Depression were formed in 2004 and since their inception this French black metal horde have released 8 full length albums and a massive 5 demos and 8 split efforts, with an array of comrades such as Funeral Rip, Wedard,… Continue Reading →

Agnostic Front – Get Loud (Nuclear Blast)

The Hardcore Scene and New York go hand in hand, almost seen as true siblings, and for almost 40 years now, in one guise or another, Agnostic Front have been the forefathers, the leading light in the genre. As well… Continue Reading →

Lacuna Coil, Eluveitie & Infected Rain – Manchester Ritz 12/11/19

It’s a long time since I’ve seen a queue as long as the one I was met with tonight, full of visibly excited black clad figures, all eager to enter the venue to witness a masterclass in metal which was… Continue Reading →

Merda Mundi – Hatred (Malpermesita Records)

When the synopsis read that this package was ‘really nasty’ my interest peaked and I felt compelled to request it in order to be privy to the experience myself. Deha, and Merda Mundi, do not disappoint and launches the latest… Continue Reading →

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