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Black Elephant - Cosmic Blues (Small Stone)

Black Elephant – Cosmic Blues (Small Stone)

Apparently, you can’t tell what a book is about just by looking at its cover. Or something like that. You know the saying. But how about an LP? It’s much easier, isn’t it? Let’s say you came across Black Elephant’s Cosmic Blues in a record.. Read More
Yawning Man - The Revolt Against Tired Noises (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Yawning Man – The Revolt Against Tired Noises (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Psychedelic rock and revolt? Not a natural pair. That’s what I thought first when I read that Yawning Man have a new album titled The Revolt Against Tired Noises. Yawning Man are a long-standing band from La Quinta, California. They have been around since 1986.. Read More
Tomáš Palucha - Čaro (Day After Records)

Tomáš Palucha – Čaro (Day After Records)

Tomáš Palucha, founded in 2012, are a band from Prague, the capitol of the Czech Republic. Today, the band has four members and is named after two of them, Jan Tomáš and Libor Palucha, most likely the founding members. I came across Tomáš Palucha only.. Read More
Arstiđir – Nivalis (Season Of Mist)

Arstiđir – Nivalis (Season Of Mist)

Although they have been making music for a decade now, have toured the US and Europe and collaborated with Anneke van Giersbergen, Arstiđir are not that well known outside of their native Iceland. This might be due to the fact that it’s quite difficult to.. Read More
The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices feat. Lisa Gerrard – BooCheMish (Prophecy)

The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices feat. Lisa Gerrard – BooCheMish (Prophecy)

Now, this is really something completely different. Something we probably haven’t covered here yet and you most likely haven’t come across so far. This is neither dark folk nor neo folk, nothing related to a Northern tradition, this is pretty much traditional folk – traditional.. Read More
Baptists - Beacon of Faith (Southern Lord)

Baptists – Beacon of Faith (Southern Lord)

Walking through the woods on a foggy day in autumn is somewhat uncanny. You feel like walking in a bubble, because you can’t see far. The woods are unusually quiet. The fog swallows light and sound. When my dogs lift their ears because they’ve heard.. Read More
Svalbard - It's Hard To Have Hope (Holy Roar)

Svalbard – It’s Hard To Have Hope (Holy Roar)

They sure know how to pick their bands at Holy Roar Records. Svalbard is certainly another stroke of genius. This perfect, angry, energy-laden mixture of melodic death metal, hardcore, crust punk and post-rock with female vocals and socially critical lyrics will no doubt gather a.. Read More
Hekate – Totentanz (Prophecy)

Hekate – Totentanz (Prophecy)

Hekate, who have been around since 1991, are one of Germany’s better known neofolk or dark folk bands. They play a mixture of folk, medieval and classical music, using historical and classical instruments, but also synthesizers, thus creating their very own sound. In the past,.. Read More
Hegemone - We Disappear (Debemur Morti)

Hegemone – We Disappear (Debemur Morti)

While the wider metal scene is much more inclusive than for example the hardcore or the punk scene when it comes to bands from outside the US or the UK, bands from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe are still not getting enough attention. That’s a shame,.. Read More
Vampillia - Happiness Brought by Endless Sorrow (Temple of Torturous)

Vampillia – Happiness Brought by Endless Sorrow (Temple of Torturous)

Almost every band has a one sheet info accompanying their release, giving you some basics about themselves and their album. That’s the golden standard. Apart from that, there are two extremes. Some releases have press info sheets that are so elaborate and long they are.. Read More
Sanhedrin – A Funeral for the World (Cruz Del Sur)

Sanhedrin – A Funeral for the World (Cruz Del Sur)

If you like classic, melodic heavy metal and bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest or Black Sabbath, or if you’ve liked them at one time, you should definitely check out this new band from Brooklyn, NYC. They are excellent. But don’t think of them as.. Read More
Ex Eye and The Magickal Wow Band - KSET, Zagreb, Croatia, 16/4/18

Ex Eye and The Magickal Wow Band – KSET, Zagreb, Croatia, 16/4/18

Zagreb’s KSET, though not sold out, was nicely filled when Colin Stetson’s Ex Eye opened this year’s ZEZ Festival with a bang. Or a series of bangs, because Ex Eye’s drummer Greg Fox definitely attracted the most attention. Ex Eye are, as they said at.. Read More