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Northern Crown – S/T (S/R)

Northern Crown – S/T (S/R)

Here’s a few statistics for you. During their 30 plus year history, the longest serving, in one go at least, vocalist for Candlemass has been Mats Leven, serving from 2012-2018 on numerous tours and festival slots However, that same period has seen very little new.. Read More
Dunbarrow – II (Riding Easy Records)

Dunbarrow – II (Riding Easy Records)

Here’s a novelty, a band that isn’t from Sweden. Okay, they’re in the same general geographic area, calling Norway home, but unlike many from that fine nation they don’t don the corpse paint and scream, rather they ply their trade firmly in the realms of.. Read More
All Them Witches – ATW  (New West Records)

All Them Witches – ATW (New West Records)

If like me, you were only vaguely aware of All Them Witches, it would be fair to expect them to be an out and out doom band from their name alone, fitting in so well as they would with such sorceress based acts as Witchsorrow,.. Read More
Second Sun - Eländes Elände (Gaphals)

Second Sun – Eländes Elände (Gaphals)

Sat as I am by a keyboard connected to an electronic system undreamed of in my youth that gives me access to all the information in the world I’m likely to need, and being in a position that I’m unlikely to be recognised by any.. Read More
Satan – Cruel Magic (Metal Blade)

Satan – Cruel Magic (Metal Blade)

So, who is Satan? According to the more religious, he would be the Judaeo-Christian bogey-man of old. To those metal fans who like their band logos to be unreadable, he is the target of worship for assorted acts clad in spikes and smeared in blood,.. Read More
Saint Karloff – All Heed The Black God (Twin Earth Records)

Saint Karloff – All Heed The Black God (Twin Earth Records)

Okay, let’s get this out of the way quickly. Yes, the band is called Saint Karloff. Yes, the logo on the band page is from the movie Black Sabbath. Yes, we all know which metal titans that film inspired. And finally, yes, there is a.. Read More
Weed Demon – Astrological Passages  (Electric Valley Records)

Weed Demon – Astrological Passages (Electric Valley Records)

“Hey you! Does your driveway suffer from damaging foliage growth? Is your lawn marred by unsightly dandelions? Well worry no more, and see them off with Ohio’s own Weed Demon. A single application of of their patented ‘Astrological Passages’ brand sludge will obliterate unwanted plants,.. Read More
Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters – Come & Chutney (Riff Rock Records)

Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters – Come & Chutney (Riff Rock Records)

In the world of the badger faced extreme metallers, there seems to be a competition to have the most indecipherable logo, doubtless to match their equally indecipherable hell screamed lyrics. Enter the world of the Iommi worshipping Doom community, and there is a similar competition.. Read More
Khemmis – Desolation (Nuclear Blast)

Khemmis – Desolation (Nuclear Blast)

Allow me to start this review with a couple of statements that may cause some surprise.  Firstly, I’ve been sat on this recording for a couple of weeks before being able to give it a decent spin as amazingly enough this reviewing lark doesn’t actually.. Read More
Haunted – Dayburner (Twin Earth Records)

Haunted – Dayburner (Twin Earth Records)

Firstly, let me warn you that those of you who were looking forward to or expecting some Sleep style guerilla release of Swedish Extreme metal, like me, you’d be wrong. This is Haunted, Italian purveyors of some classic occult tinged doom, and follow up to.. Read More
Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back (Candlelight Records)

Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back (Candlelight Records)

It’s 2018 and in short order the majority of the mainstream folks I work with have been variously excited by the FA cup final, a royal wedding, the forthcoming Steps and Aqua show in Dundee (I shit you not folks!), and now the forthcoming world.. Read More
Witch Mountain – Witch Mountain (Svart)

Witch Mountain – Witch Mountain (Svart)

It is a simple fact that regardless of who may be the founder, writer, or core of an act, many bands become almost synonymous with their vocalist. They’re the ones who are up front, fronting the band in fact, and if not tied to an.. Read More