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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 →

Profezia – Dodekaprofeton (Moribund Records)

If Italian Avant Garde is how you like your black metal then you are in for a treat, as the overlords of the Italian occult rock world, Profezia, are back with their long awaited, and highly anticipated 3rd album ‘Dodekaprofeton’…. Continue Reading →

Soulfly, Remus, Archelon – Sheffield Corporation 7/8/18

As I turn the corner to the Sheffield Corporation I am met with the imposing vision of the Soulfly tour bus, emblazoned with the unmistakable logo adorned across the front of the trusty steed. Soulfly haven’t brought a tour package… Continue Reading →

Sinsaenum – Repulsion for Humanity (earMUSIC)

Sinsaenum is the brain child of Dragonforce bassist, Frederic Leclercq, who back in 2010 formulated some ideas to create a death metal beast. These ideas weren’t cemented into the metal worlds foundations until 2016, when Stephane Buriez, of Loudblast, and… Continue Reading →

Epica – Epica Vs Attack on Titan (Nuclear Blast)

That old saying, a tale of two halves, couldn’t be more appropriate than with Epica’s latest offering ‘Epica Vs Attack On Titan’. The foundations to the album are constructed of ultimately 4 songs, but duplicated between the 1st half being… Continue Reading →

Devildriver – Outlaws ‘Til The End (Napalm Records)

Dez Fafara doesn’t do things by half, and if the late Neil Armstrong was still with us today, I’m sure he would replicate his famous quote in order to embrace Devildriver’s latest venture, “one small step for man, one giant… Continue Reading →

Craft – White Noise And Black Metal (Season of Mist)

Vitriolic, malevolent, demonic and raw are all words which combine to provide us with this long awaited full-length release from these Swedish comrades of the black metal underworld. ‘White Noise And Black Metal’ is expelled onto us from this misanthropic… Continue Reading →

Runespell – Order of Vengeance (Iron Bonehead)

A long drawn out intro opens you up to the atmospheric black world of the one man machine that is Runespell. A guttural growl then gives permission to ‘Retribution In Iron’ to open up and showcase the musicianship of Nightwolf…. Continue Reading →

Stortregn – Emptiness fills the void (Non Serviam Records)

Stortregn have now affirmed themselves with a solid line up, post many changes in the ranks, and this blackened death mob are back with a vengeance. They were formed some 13 years ago in the crisp, Swiss air, and now… Continue Reading →

Panegyrist – Hierugy (I Voidhanger Records)

This is the debut full length release for Panegyrist and it is an eclectic mix of avant- garde black metal, brutality, beauty and splendour. ‘Hierugy’ is a six track beast and opens with a minimalistic sub 2 minute wonder and… Continue Reading →

Verberis – Vorant Gnosis (Pulverised Records)

Verberis were spawned sometime in 2014 and have been somewhat of an enigma ever since. This latest release sees the band expose their souls in the form of just 2 tracks, yet they manage to span a monstrous 32 minutes…. Continue Reading →

De Profundis – The Binding Light Of Faith (Transcending Obscurity)

When I saw De Profundis’ latest offering on the review list, I was keen to secure the beast as I had been a fan of their work for a few years now. Having been witness to their brutality and clinical… Continue Reading →

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