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Ragnarok – Non Debellicata (Agonia Records)

Named after the cataclysmic final battle in Scandinavian mythology, Ragnarok have consistently been delivering a fitting soundtrack for this version of Armageddon for a quarter of century and are marking this with the release of their ninth album ‘Non Debellicata’…. Continue Reading →

Hideous Divinity – Simulacrum (Century Media)

Do you ever hate on bands for the lamest reasons? Well not so much hate but perhaps not care for. In a very ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ sense we all have preconceived judgements when it comes to… Continue Reading →

Throatsnapper – About the Dead (Consouling Sounds)

With a name like Throatsnapper you’d be well within your rights to expect either a volatile hard core punk band spitting out vitriolic lyrics, or at the very least an intimidating blackened death metal band that take devilish glee inflicting… Continue Reading →

Bölzer – Lese Majesty (Lightning & Sons)

After keeping us waiting 8 years for their debut, ‘Hero’, it would appear Swiss duo, Bölzer, are in no hurry to provide a follow-up, opting instead for yet another EP with ‘Lese Majesty’. Having toured extensively, the majority of Bölzer’s… Continue Reading →

Galaxy – Lost from the Start (Dying Victims)

Galaxy are an Australian band, labelled as power/heavy metal. From the first real track ‘Dreaming Out’ (as ‘Traveller is an instrumental). You have a musical style matching some aspects of King Diamond’s solo work, however vocally, I get a James… Continue Reading →

Frozen Ocean / Heather Grave – Beyond Anemomautics (Spectral Halls)

Hurrah Vaarwel is back and not with just Frozen Ocean but a new project too on this split release. Last time we heard from him here it was with The Prowess Of Dormination at the beginning of 2016 but he… Continue Reading →

Nocturnalia – III: Winter (The Sign)

I’d sort of given up on hearing anything new by Nocturnalia. This unique Swedish heavy/psyche band presented me with one of my favourite albums of 2015 – I knew nothing about them, took a punt on something I wouldn’t normally,… Continue Reading →

Bask – III (Season of Mist)

Psychedelic rock is the epithet attributed to “III”, appropriately the third album from Bask. I soon realised there was more than this cursory description, helpful as it is in giving a framework. “Three White Feet”, which opens up, is a… Continue Reading →

Wolfbrigade – The Enemy: Reality (Southern Lord)

Having been around for almost a quarter of a century, Sweden’s Wolfbrigade have long been established as a staple of the hardcore scene, having coined the term “lycanthro-punk” along the way. ‘The Enemy: Reality’ is the five piece’s seventh studio… Continue Reading →

Coffin Rot – A Monument To The Dead (Blood Harvest)

Blasting out of Portland, Oregon come Coffin Rot with their debut full length album “A Monument To The Dead”. Not a bad turn around as they only formed in 2017. In that time they’ve released two demos & a split… Continue Reading →

Salem UK – Win, Lose Or Draw (Dissonance Productions)

Technically the band was formed in 1979 but split in 1983 and reformed in 2008 with a couple of original members. I dunno, maybe it’s my age but I kind of like knowing the fire still burns in older rockers…. Continue Reading →

PIST – Hailz (APF Records)

“I finally feel like we’ve made a record we can all be proud of.” These are the words of Dave Rowlands, vocalist for the Bury based filthy four piece PIST, a band who I have spoken about on the pages… Continue Reading →

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