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Draghkar-The Endless Howling Abyss (Craneo Negro Records )

Draghkar-The Endless Howling Abyss (Craneo Negro Records )

Earlier in the year I found myself plummeting the depths of the aggressive, ultra kvlt genre of War Metal. A pestilent reign of battering Death and Black Metal crossover that sounds like the two genres fighting to the death with rusty buckled chainsaws. What could.. Read More
Butcher In The Fog - A Screaming Reflection (Sleight Of Hand Music)

Butcher In The Fog – A Screaming Reflection (Sleight Of Hand Music)

London trio Butcher In The Fog are a many headed beast. Taking elements of hardcore punk and throwing in helpings of head banging thrash with a touch of old fashioned doom metal, there’s something in there for everyone. I caught them live in early 2017.. Read More
Ancestors – Suspended in Reflections (Pelagic Records)

Ancestors – Suspended in Reflections (Pelagic Records)

Ancestors have always been an interesting band to follow. Between 2008 and 2012, the band released three full-length albums, an EP and a split with Graveyard, increasingly refining their sludge metal and moving more into progressive territories. Live they were also a force to be.. Read More
Black Tusk – TCBT (Season Of Mist)

Black Tusk – TCBT (Season Of Mist)

Savannah – Georgia. Home to Baroness , Kylesa and of course Black Tusk. A humid and tropical place no wonder a band emerged from the city and claimed Swamp Metal as its oeuvre. Black Tusk, like Baroness, were struck by tragedy in recent years, losing.. Read More
Dauþuz - Des Zwerges Fluch (Naturmacht)

Dauþuz – Des Zwerges Fluch (Naturmacht)

Their name is death and theirs is a cold and very claustrophobic one as apparently the two shadowy entities behind Dauþuz, Aragonyth and Syderyth dwell deep under the ground. Conceptually the music here explores the subterranean mines hidden beneath the German countryside pre the 19th.. Read More
Spacetrucker - Smooth Orbit - 2nd Pass (S/R)

Spacetrucker – Smooth Orbit – 2nd Pass (S/R)

Go on, just from the name guess what kind of music Spacetrucker play? Actually yes, but this St Louis trio have a little more under their cosmic hood than meets the eye. This is I believe their second self released album since 2016 so I.. Read More
Arcticcircle- Where Ice Meets Ocean (S/R)

Arcticcircle- Where Ice Meets Ocean (S/R)

As I have no doubt ranted about in the past I simply cannot abide imaginative genres. I understand that bands must develop, change style, create new sounds and so forth but claiming a sound as a new genre via one album or release is simply.. Read More
Crawl – Rituals (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Crawl – Rituals (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Do you like pro-wrestling? I do, lots of metal fans do as it happens. Then again, some of my mates call it “pants fighting” and suggest I just like watching oiled up muscular men in lycra sit on each other. They’re wrong of course…..I was.. Read More
Duncan Evans – Prayers For An Absentee (Prophecy)

Duncan Evans – Prayers For An Absentee (Prophecy)

“I know that name I thought” when this album came up for review. Sure enough a bit of digging came up with the name Henry Hyde Bronsdon which was the nom de plume of vocalist / guitarist Duncan was using during his tenure in A.. Read More
Heruka – Deception’s End (Vacula / Narcoleptica Prod)

Heruka – Deception’s End (Vacula / Narcoleptica Prod)

Ok, so oniric black metal from Italy then. Yes a strange descriptor and getting beneath the surface conceptually things are even denser as this band started out delving into the Sicilian town of Erice and going back to its interesting medieval history with the aim.. Read More
The National Orchestra Of The Kingdom Of Goats – Huntress (UKoG Records)

The National Orchestra Of The Kingdom Of Goats – Huntress (UKoG Records)

Yeah OK I admit it I’d never heard of this herd of goats but the name and the self-description of “symphonic grind pop” kinda bleated out at me. They also perform in masks and face paint and call themselves things like The Coachman and The.. Read More
Uniform – The Long Walk (Sacred Bones)

Uniform – The Long Walk (Sacred Bones)

Brooklyn duo, Uniform, reached dizzying heights of success following the release of ‘Wake in Fright’ – the album received mass critical acclaim, with two tracks featuring in the newest season of Twin Peaks, and most recently the pairing teamed up with fellow harbingers of noise.. Read More