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Mansion -  First Death Of The Lutheran (I Hate)

Mansion – First Death Of The Lutheran (I Hate)

Seems an age since I reviewed anything on I Hate, so this was a nice change. Maybe I’ve been shying away from doom recently as it becomes a never ending morass of stagnating seventies retreads. Or maybe I’ve been too happy…no, no that can’t be.. Read More
JT Ripper – Gathering of the Insane (I Hate)

JT Ripper – Gathering of the Insane (I Hate)

Well, this worked out a little different than I thought it might. Looking at the initial promo blurb, which talked about a German power trio taking an old school approach to heavy metal, I thought I’d be listening to something charming; perhaps even an album.. Read More
Calcined – Discipline (Great Dane)

Calcined – Discipline (Great Dane)

Yet again I am here to bring you more Death Metal and this time I wish to answer the question what makes Death Metal so appealing? Well to be frank all genres of Metal are ridiculously broad so as far as I’m concerned when you.. Read More
Deth Crux – Mutant Flesh (Aural)

Deth Crux – Mutant Flesh (Aural)

Being a music nerd is more than being into one genre. As broad as Metal can be I cannot limit myself to that alone, and I’m not talking about dipping a toe into the likes of AC/DC, Rush or other metallic sounding Hard Rock/ Prog... Read More
Trees – S/T (Svart)

Trees – S/T (Svart)

Judging from the video to the song Out In The Open by the Finish band Trees, the world in still OK in Savonlinna, Finland. You see the band playing their folk rock, immersed in golden, autumnal light, in a house by a lake. They walk.. Read More
Lord of Solitude / Thronehammer – Vampire Bites Split (Church Within)

Lord of Solitude / Thronehammer – Vampire Bites Split (Church Within)

Church Within Records started a project of releasing a series of split EPs, starting with “The Church Within Vol. 1: Vampire Bites”, which features Lord Of Solitude from New Zealand and Thronehammer from the UK and Germany. The entire series will be released on 10”.. Read More
Mass Infection – Shadows Became Flesh (Comatose)

Mass Infection – Shadows Became Flesh (Comatose)

To actually be just one genre nowadays is pretty difficult, especially with the rise of the sort of Bandcamp generation that is hell-bent on creating new tags daily which latterly become sub-sub-sub genres. Really it’s all a bit crazy but I love it, it makes.. Read More
Rauhnåcht – Unterm Gipfelthron (Debemur Morti)

Rauhnåcht – Unterm Gipfelthron (Debemur Morti)

I’m always in favour of artists using their surroundings so the fact that Rauhnåcht, a solo project from Austria with various session musicians to support him, has this epithet is welcome. The “gipfel” of the title normally means the mountain top so music to match.. Read More
Shuffle - #WontTheyFade? (Klonosphere)

Shuffle – #WontTheyFade? (Klonosphere)

When you get a press release which states that a progressive metal band has a huge host of diverse influences which contribute to making the band sound unique/individual/unheard of, it is like a red flag; it’s a trope many people use to try and put.. Read More
Cantique Lépreux - Paysages Polaires (Eisenwald)

Cantique Lépreux – Paysages Polaires (Eisenwald)

Cantique Lépreux’s members have a fine pedigree including the mighty Forteresse, but even with this knowledge, their debut album ‘Cendres Célestes’ surpassed all expectations and is an absolute masterpiece which remains on my regular playlist. With this in mind I was keen to get my.. Read More
Pale Divine - S/T (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Pale Divine – S/T (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Veteran doom crew Pale Divine break a six year silence with this new, self titled LP. The Pennsylvania based band continue to remain true to their classic doom roots and the genre picking up where 2012’s “Painted Windows Black” left off. While having existed for.. Read More
Ichor – Hadal Ascending (Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork)

Ichor – Hadal Ascending (Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork)

There is nothing like a little escapism in film or literature, so why should music be any different. I am often met with sniggers or chuckles when I mention Power Metal or the wild worlds of the mighty Bal-Sagoth but I ask you what is.. Read More