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Dysangelium – Death Leading (W.T.C.)

Dysangelium have hacked themselves quite a reputation despite only having one long player – Thánatos Áskçsis if you need reminding – and a couple of demos before that. Perhaps proving that its worth bottling yourself up and waiting for the… Continue Reading →

Advent Sorrow – Kali Yuga Crown (Werewolf)

Weapon in hand, flick knives flashing, petrol bombs flying … the violence depicted in the lyrics of Advent Sorrow feels at times all too real. ‘Mass graves… superior men and women driven by hate for weakness… The feeling we get… Continue Reading →

Ancient Moon – Benedictus Diabolica, Gloria Patri (Iron Bonehead)

Ancient Moon may not be a name that leaps forth from the dark clutching a bloody sacrificial blade when one thinks of occult black metal. But Benedictus Diabolica is one of those albums, in a vast obsidian sea of polytheistic… Continue Reading →

Nightfell – A Sanity Deranged (20 Buck Spin)

Nightfell have stayed so true to their original sound that A Sanity Deranged sounds like the duo barely left the studio after 2015’s Darkness Evermore. This is a good thing, of course. Aside from the disappointment that they have failed… Continue Reading →

The Negative Bias – Narcissus Rising (ATMF)

I admire all attempts to evolve black metal – but appreciate that sometimes, the harder you try, the more unblack metal it’s gunna sound. That’s just the way it is. So, for example, there’s a big difference experimenting within the… Continue Reading →

Thief – Map of Lost Keys (Prophecy)

Dylan Neal’s other band, Botanist, might not be to everyone’s taste (hammered dulcimer black metal anyone?) but it certainly makes a change from listening to a very long line of black-metal-o-likes queuing up to deliver their take on something that… Continue Reading →

Batushka – Hospodi (Metal Blade)

It’s the black metal spat that has divided the metal fraternity. Well, not really. Most people already seem to have decided – fairly or unfairly – which side of the fence they are on in the ‘Trve’ versus ‘Fake’ Batushka… Continue Reading →

Panzerfaust – The Suns Of Perdition: Chapter I: War, Horrid War (Eisenwald)

How have I not alighted on this band previously? World War II (loosely) themed Canadian black metallers Panzerfaust have been kicking around for a while now but, with only three albums before this, it’s perhaps understandable they could have flown… Continue Reading →

Vulture – Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves (Metal Blade)

In an era when metal has taken on so many forms it’s somehow comforting to think back to thrash metal as one of the genre’s purest. Who can argue with Fistful of Metal, Feel The Fire and Kill ‘Em All?… Continue Reading →

Murg –Strävan (Nordvis)

If you somehow managed to miss Murg’s frost-bitten and pretty fucking stunning debut, perhaps holed up in your wintery forest domain wearing corpse paint and living only on food you caught and strangled with your bare hands, I can only… Continue Reading →

Óreiða – Óreiða (Harvest of Death)

I’m pretty much a sucker for black metal in all its forms so it seemed a no-brainer to plumb for this first full-length from Icelandic band Óreiða. Two demos and a split since 2016 and the band have put together… Continue Reading →

Árstíðir lífsins – Saga á tveim tungum I: Vápn ok viðr (Ván)

Let’s get a few things straight before we skin the boar (not a euphemism, smut fans – this is pagan black metal and therefore entirely serious), light the smoky fires and ready our tales of legend and times long past… Continue Reading →

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