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Dool – Summerland (Prophecy)

It’s true that there is not a huge amount to look forward to at the moment and we have to take the pleasures where we can. Thank goodness for music and this is something that I and no doubt anyone… Continue Reading →

tētēma – Necroscape (Ipecac Recordings)

Whatever microtonal psychoacoustics are, they’re here. This comes along with otherworld groove, industrial noise, odd-time rock and “musique concrète”. This strange sounding combo with a theme based on isolation in the surveillance all adds up to fun, apparently. Without listening… Continue Reading →

Spell – Opulent Decay (Bad Omen Records)

Spell are an interesting 3 piece band from Canada on their third album. Purveyors of retro flavoured hard rock/metal and with two members of the band (the bassist and the drummer) sharing vocal duties. Aha! Just like fellow Canadians Triumph… Continue Reading →

Jim Davies – Headwars (Extreme Music)

It’s always a little unnerving when you see a new release from someone who, whilst exists as a stalwart of the metal scene has, nevertheless, lived in the relative shadows, playing his part but never the main attraction, always a… Continue Reading →

WVRM – Colony Collapse (Prosthetic Records)

Hailing from Greenville, South Carolina, Grindcore four-piece WVRM, have been around for a while now, birthing a couple of split albums and a two full length efforts which, whilst not straying too far from the Grindcore playbook, offered enough distinguishable… Continue Reading →

Solothus – Realm Of Ash And Blood (20 Buck Spin)

Finnish doom, eh? Well doom death bordering on the funereal anyway. ‘Father Of Sickness’ crawls out of the blocks like a slightly more animated Unholy with a kind of sense of that first Paradise Lost album in the eerie and… Continue Reading →

Void Of Sleep – Metaphora (Aural Music)

Void Of Sleep are a five piece band who hail from Ravenna, Italy, and much like their peers, the excellent Psychedelic Witchcraft, they play a rather mind-bending variant of doom. Unlike their peers however, Void Of Sleep focus more on… Continue Reading →

Witches Of Doom – Funeral Radio (My Kingdom Music)

Italian Metal band Witches Of Doom certainly have a difficult sound to pin down. The name suggests maybe an Electric Wizard style Doom, maybe a St. Vitus style, or at the very least an orange-amped fuzz-laden retro outfit, but Witches… Continue Reading →

Wound Collector – Depravity (Rotten To The Core)

These Belgians have a bit of brass, they really do, a saxophone at any rate. This will be your overriding factor when it comes to any enjoyment you will derive from this listening experience too. As we have learned metal… Continue Reading →

Disbelief – The Ground Collapses (Listenable Records)

This band is a rediscovery for me. I loved Disbelief’s 2003 album “Spreading the Rage” and witnessed a dynamic live performance at the Camden Underworld about the same time. I can still picture a collection of big hairy buggers doing… Continue Reading →

Omega Infinity – Solar Spectre (Season Of Mist)

Do you like blastbeats? Well, if you do, come closer, gather round, listen up, because this has got blastbeats galore. If you also like industrial music and electronica, you’re in for a treat. Omega Infinity are a relatively new band… Continue Reading →

Atarka – Sleeping Giant (S/R)

When I first looked up the band name, I was directed to a Brazilian folk metal band with an affinity for alcohol rather than the quintet from Birmingham. Thankfully their style is far more aggressive and more fun for me… Continue Reading →

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