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Eigenlicht – Self-Annihilating Consciousness (I, Voidhanger)

Eigenlicht – Self-Annihilating Consciousness (I, Voidhanger)

It’s far too simplistic to label such a rich, complex and emotionally driven album as this from the outset with a tag or casually applied subgenre label. So it might be better to sidestep any analysis of purpose at this stage by kicking off this.. Read More
Monads – IVIIV (Aesthetic Death)

Monads – IVIIV (Aesthetic Death)

A monad is the first, an originator or most simple building block from which everything else comes. All of which somehow nicely sums up the inescapable feeling when listening to this type of slow ‘n’ heavy metal – that this is the genre in its.. Read More
Harakiri For The Sky – Arson (Art Of Propaganda)

Harakiri For The Sky – Arson (Art Of Propaganda)

Harakiri For The Sky are one of those rare bands that, if they didn’t exist, someone would need to invent them. The band, fast becoming an institution, is the perfect blend of finely distilled post-hardcore-post-black-metal that seems to fill a huge space at the crossroads.. Read More
Labyrinth Entrance – Monumental Bitterness (Godz Ov War)

Labyrinth Entrance – Monumental Bitterness (Godz Ov War)

Some albums thunder towards you like a line of fully-plated cavalry with armour and shining swords flashing in the blazing sun, while others prefer to sneak up on you from the shadows. Labyrinth Entrance – full marks for a great name – belongs to the.. Read More
Monolithe – Nebula Septum (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre)

Monolithe – Nebula Septum (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre)

Hard to believe that Monolithe is now on its seventh album, and still up to its old tricks – seventh album, seven tracks, each at seven minutes, there are seven musicians that worked on this album, the first letter of each track is according to.. Read More
Ocean of Grief – Nightfall’s Lament (Rain Without End)

Ocean of Grief – Nightfall’s Lament (Rain Without End)

Ocean of Grief’s debut EP Fortress of My Dark Self caused a bit of a stir in the doom metal underground with its grand and doleful lamentation that left many a doom death-monger in pit of euphoric dejection. Is this what misery really feels like?.. Read More
Jute Gyte / Spectral Lore – Helian (I, Voidhanger Records)

Jute Gyte / Spectral Lore – Helian (I, Voidhanger Records)

Black metal has its innovators and then it has individuals like Jute Gyte’s Adam Kalmbach and Ayloss from Spectral Lore. Kalmbach is nothing short of prolific with 27 full-length albums since 2006, perhaps not that unusual in the black metal community, but rather than album.. Read More
Anvil – Pounding the Pavement (SPV)

Anvil – Pounding the Pavement (SPV)

It takes me about a minute to realise that Anvil’s first track Bitch in the Box isn’t about matricide or anything so eeeeeevil and metal. How things have changed. When I first picked up an Anvil record, Forged in Fire, from a second hand record.. Read More
Ofdrykkja - Irrfärd (Avantgarde)

Ofdrykkja – Irrfärd (Avantgarde)

Ofdrykkja has come a long way since its first release, the beguiling (if that’s the right word for a self-confessed depressive suicidal black metal band) and harrowing A Life Worth Losing in 2014. Back then things were strictly lo-fi but that only served to amplify.. Read More
The Clearing Path – Watershed Between Firmament and the Realm of Hyperborea (I, Voidhanger)

The Clearing Path – Watershed Between Firmament and the Realm of Hyperborea (I, Voidhanger)

Gunning for longest album title of the year contender with a late entry comes The Clearing Path with, er, well, let’s just call it ‘Watershed’. (Ok, I realise that this is black metal and the consumption of an entire Thesaurus before spewing out an album.. Read More
Almyrkvi - Umbra (Ván)

Almyrkvi – Umbra (Ván)

What is even more shocking than Iceland’s recent rampant assault on the black metal scene (yes, we’re all still going on about it) is that it took so bloody long. I mean, sure Norway has the fjords and the mountains, Sweden has the icy lakes.. Read More
Over The Voids… - ST (Nordvis)

Over The Voids… – ST (Nordvis)

Over The Voids… contains all the ingredients of a classic Nordvis release. Treble overload for full early-90s second wave salute? Check. Chunky, battering vocals that sound like an angry Yeti finally succumbing to the frostbite of an endless winter storm? Check. Frantic and fresh sub-blastbeat.. Read More