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Voices – Frightened (Candlelight)

Voices – Frightened (Candlelight)

Well I have listened to this album every day for the last 10 or so. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining and it hasn’t been a chore in the slightest. It’s just that a work of this breadth and depth is not going to.. Read More
Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality (Century Media)

Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality (Century Media)

At what point did Death Metal stop being Death Metal and become Old School Death Metal? Who knows I would guess the transition happened somewhere in the 90s, around about the time that Brutal Death Metal was on its uprising along with a host of.. Read More
Misanthropic Rage – Igne Natura Renovatur Integra (Godz ov War)

Misanthropic Rage – Igne Natura Renovatur Integra (Godz ov War)

To say that I was impressed with Misanthropic Rage’s debut album “Gates No Longer Shut” (2016) is an understatement. Merging and transcending styles, while buttonholed as “avant-garde progressive black metal”, it was basically Polish metal with atmospheres and attitude. Like a child in a sweet.. Read More
Estate – Mirrorland (Mighty Music)

Estate – Mirrorland (Mighty Music)

Russian Symphonic Melodic Metal band Estate have had a bit of a re-assess in the past 4 years. “Fantasia” was a more than credible Symphonic/Melodic/Power Metal debut, relying as it did on good tunes and memorable melodies, but possibly lacking that final kick, that slap.. Read More
Cruachan – Nine Years of Blood (Trollzorn)

Cruachan – Nine Years of Blood (Trollzorn)

I enjoyed Cruachan’s 2014 “Blood for the Blood God” album so it was a pleasure to receive the Celtic folk metal band’s ninth album release “Nine Years of Blood”. Stormy conditions greet us. Straightaway we are taken into epic heathen lands. The traditional instruments always.. 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
Robespierre -  Garden Of Hell (Shadow Kingdom)

Robespierre – Garden Of Hell (Shadow Kingdom)

From literally the opening notes of ‘Punish Oppressors’ this reeks of the NWOBHM, which I guess makes sense as that’s where their origins are although it seems to have taken them from 1983 until now to move beyond the demo stage. It’s a bouncy, up.. Read More
Ross The Boss – By Blood Sworn (AFM Records)

Ross The Boss – By Blood Sworn (AFM Records)

Following a successful jaunt around the globe playing Manowar material, RTB (the band) come back with the third studio album. Obviously you are going to look for similarities, they are present in abundance, but managing to possess such a talented vocalist in Marc Lopez makes.. Read More
Weathered Statues - Borderlands (Svart)

Weathered Statues – Borderlands (Svart)

I suppose there isn’t much that shows the effect of the tooth of time so well like statues exposed to the elements. Although they are usually made from durable materials like marble, bronze or cement, time, wind and weather will tear them down. The same.. Read More
Vorbid – Mind (Indie Recordings)

Vorbid – Mind (Indie Recordings)

I have to admit to being surprised that this young Norwegian thrash act has got signed to Indie Recordings so quickly, this coming on the back of me watching their very nervous performance at Bloodstock Open Air in 2017 on the New Blood Stage. However.. Read More
Bullet – Dust to Gold (SPV / Steamhammer)

Bullet – Dust to Gold (SPV / Steamhammer)

Bullet are a staple of the scene across Europe, their legendary Bullet Bus is something to witness, then the albums keep coming through and live they are some band to watch. Strange though, their last effort I heard, ‘Full Pull’ (I missed ‘Storm of Blades’.. Read More
Commander - Fatalis (The Unbroken Circle) (Black Sunset / MDD Records)

Commander – Fatalis (The Unbroken Circle) (Black Sunset / MDD Records)

  This nineteen year old quartet are releasing their third album, a decade after their last release. And a fine album it is. Their style of old school death metal filled with some doomy and thrashy elements works well in delivering an album that is.. Read More