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Funeral Mist – Hekatomb (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

Funeral Mist – Hekatomb (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

The unholy union of Funeral Mist’s Arioch and Marduk unleashed sonic black metal hell of a variety rarely seen – and firing new life into the Norwegian war machine as it did so. Those breathless words of demonic plague issued forth by Mortuus, as Arioch’s.. Read More
Adversvm – Aion Sitra Ahra (Iron Bonehead)

Adversvm – Aion Sitra Ahra (Iron Bonehead)

Even deep within its granite wells of abject sorrow and glorious heaviness, it’s still difficult to find much to surprise in the depths of funeral doom these days. Perhaps that’s because many of its proponents regard deviating from the true path of catatonic gloom to.. Read More
Acherontas – Faustian Ethos (Agonia)

Acherontas – Faustian Ethos (Agonia)

Acherontas still struggle to shake off a questionable legacy (not helped by calling your previous outfit after a concentration camp) but nonetheless have managed to position themselves at the centre of the occult black metal movement with an output that has been increasingly adventurous as.. Read More
Thy Catafalque – Geometria (Season of Mist)

Thy Catafalque – Geometria (Season of Mist)

Getting to grips with the wonders of Thy Catafalque is like wrestling with an agile, ever morphing, psychedelic serpent that wants to love you to death. In fact, as you can perhaps tell, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to convey the emotional intensity the band manages.. Read More
Autokrator – Hammer of Heretics (Krucyator Productions)

Autokrator – Hammer of Heretics (Krucyator Productions)

What’s that racket? Oh yes, it must be the latest Autokrator release and boy have they turned things up a notch or two since last time round. When I say turned things up, of course, I don’t mean the bombastic death metal drone-noise that these.. Read More
Riot – Armor of Light (Nuclear Blast)

Riot – Armor of Light (Nuclear Blast)

Riot became heavy metal legends in their own lifetimes when they produced a string of albums in the late 70s and early 80s – a time when it wasn’t unusual for bands to produce an album of shockingly good quality every year or two. Rock.. Read More
Varathron – Patriarchs of Evil (Agonia)

Varathron – Patriarchs of Evil (Agonia)

Anyone who hasn’t been following events with the mighty Varathron – shame on you. For anyone that has welcome back to the unholy mass that can only be modern day Varathron in all its Hellenic black metal glory. These Greek stalwarts are often mentioned alongside.. Read More
Celtachor – Fiannaoícht (Trollzorn)

Celtachor – Fiannaoícht (Trollzorn)

Ah yes: the windswept moors, endless days of rain, blue woad and blood sacrifice for cruel gods of the far reaches of the Western world. Unless you’ve been buried in a peat bog for the past decade, you won’t have missed the fact that pagan.. Read More
Goath – II: Opposition (Ván)

Goath – II: Opposition (Ván)

I can just imagine the scene down at the Goath hell-bunker when finished copies of the last album arrived – debut Luciferian Goath Ritual. Goathammer: ‘Muerte, can I speak to you for a minute. We just got the album back from the printers over in.. Read More
Glorior Belli – The Apostates (Season of Mist)

Glorior Belli – The Apostates (Season of Mist)

There’s no doubt about it – Glorior Belli’s last album Sundown: The Flock That Welcomes was a belter. It was pitched as a return to the band’s roots, and if you consider Glorior Belli’s bayou-soaked roots to be sludgy, face-melting black metal with only a.. Read More
Interview - Dautha

Interview – Dautha

Swedish doomsters Dautha set the great bell tolling with their demo almost two years ago which was at long last followed with a full release last month. Brethren of the Black Soil fulfilled expectations of an epic doom event as well as including plenty for.. Read More
Eryn Non Dae – Abandon Of The Self (Debemur Morti)

Eryn Non Dae – Abandon Of The Self (Debemur Morti)

It sometimes feels like the journey into the globe’s metal extremities is a continuous descent down an ever blackening rabbit hole, constantly looking for new and darker corners, so little wonder that things can get a bit blinkered sometimes. It’s therefore perhaps worth remembering –.. Read More