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Arstiđir – Nivalis (Season Of Mist)

Arstiđir – Nivalis (Season Of Mist)

Although they have been making music for a decade now, have toured the US and Europe and collaborated with Anneke van Giersbergen, Arstiđir are not that well known outside of their native Iceland. This might be due to the fact that it’s quite difficult to.. Read More
Arthedain - Infernal Cadence Of The Desolate (Naturmacht)

Arthedain – Infernal Cadence Of The Desolate (Naturmacht)

I think this is the debut full length from this Czech Republic group, after a couple of EPs, and as such from the off with ‘A Testament To Failure’ I’m impressed with the full on sound they have created even if the production seems a.. Read More
Al Ard –  S/T (Code666)

Al Ard – S/T (Code666)

Experimentation has been present in music since its inception, it helps genres to grow, develop, change and evolve over the course of time for better or for worse. Metal has an ability to soak up history’s musical evolution and vomit it forth in a metallic.. Read More
Marduk – Viktoria (Century Media)

Marduk – Viktoria (Century Media)

More tales of wolves and war as Marduk march on relentlessly crushing all in their path. Nobody can accuse the Swedes of complacency, they have been real road dogs of late and are touring constantly, tackling all in their stride and delivering savage sets to.. Read More
Haken – L-1VE (DVD) (Inside Out Music)

Haken – L-1VE (DVD) (Inside Out Music)

I confess that I’m not an avid watcher of DVDs, but this one sparked my interest. I’ve followed Haken since their first Album “Aquarius” (2010), and seen them twice at ProgPower Europe and umpteen times in London, so I guess I can be considered a.. Read More
Keys Of Orthanc – Dush Agh Golnauk (Naturmacht Productions)

Keys Of Orthanc – Dush Agh Golnauk (Naturmacht Productions)

Tolkien’s legacy will live forever as a benchmark for Fantasy literature and thanks to Peter Jackson a benchmark for Fantasy cinema as well. Although I have only ever had the pleasure of viewing the films a mistake I must rectify in the near future, my.. Read More
Abstracter – Cinereous Incarnate (I, Voidhanger Records)

Abstracter – Cinereous Incarnate (I, Voidhanger Records)

Secreting from the US this colossally oppressive extreme metal act suffocates the planet with their third auditory excretion that equates to asphyxiation submerged within a vat of corrosive bitumen the moment the album starts with “Nether”. Whilst my superlative ridden opening garland hints at a.. Read More
Blasphamagoatachrist - Black Metal Warfare (Nuclear War Now)

Blasphamagoatachrist – Black Metal Warfare (Nuclear War Now)

If a band is on Nuclear War Now you know you are not gonna get blackgaze or folk. The band name is horrendously wonderful. An amalgamation of its members other acts – Blasphemy, Goatpenis and Antichrist (why leave penis out of the name guys –.. Read More
BattleroaR - Codex Epicus (Cruz Del Sur)

BattleroaR – Codex Epicus (Cruz Del Sur)

BattleroaR (still persisting with the capital R at the end of their name so lets humour them and not spoil things eh?) don’t do anything by half. It amazes me that it’s taken them until their fifth album to get the word Epic into one.. Read More
The Konsortium – Rogaland (Agonia Records)

The Konsortium – Rogaland (Agonia Records)

This Norwegian band is notable for having Dirge Rep (drums), who has played in numerous bands and Teloch (Mayhem, Nidingr) in its ranks and released a self-titled debut in 2011 which I have not heard but it appears that the band has changed direction according.. Read More
The Body & Uniform – Mental Wounds Not Healing (Sacred Bones)

The Body & Uniform – Mental Wounds Not Healing (Sacred Bones)

It’s been less than a month since the release of The Body’s ‘I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer’ and the Rhode Island duo are back again, this time for a collaborative release with electro punk pairing Uniform. Considering the abrasive nature.. Read More
Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things (Metal Blade)

Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things (Metal Blade)

Founded 35 years ago, Lizzy Borden has been around since the early days of hair metal. The band named after the notorious lady who used to wield an axe with deadly precision was mostly successful in the 1980s. However, like so many bands from those.. Read More