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1349 – The Infernal Pathway (Season Of Mist)

Finally, Black Metal season! A lot of Black Metal musicians comment upon the atmosphere of a forest or grand landscapes and how they feed into their music. This might seem like a bit of a ludicrous statement to many but… Continue Reading →

KMFDM – Paradise (Metropolis)

It ain’t easy being a KMFDM fan. I looked back and realised I hadn’t bought a new album since 2009 and had missed about three somehow. This is something that has to be rectified as, well if ever there were… Continue Reading →

Petbrick I (Rocket Recordings)

My expectation of this album by the duo called Petbrick was of something electronic and industrial. But there’s talk too of punk attitudes and experimentation, so maybe my expectation was off the mark. The duo in question are Wayne Adams… Continue Reading →

Creeping Flesh – Into The Meat Grinder (Growls from the Underground)

‘Into The Meat Grinder’ is the début album by this 6 year old Swedish quintet comprising of guitarists William Persson Öberg and Sofus Stille, bassist Korp Thidrandir, drummer Marre Kadhammar and vocalist Robert “Rio” Karlsson. After the 3 second opening… Continue Reading →

Arx Atrata – The Path Untravelled (S/R)

This is a path I have travelled since it began back in 2013 with debut album Oblivion and continued 3 years later on Spiritus In Terra. The one thing that amazes me is the still self-released status of Arx Atrata,… Continue Reading →

Advent Sorrow – Kali Yuga Crown (Werewolf)

Weapon in hand, flick knives flashing, petrol bombs flying … the violence depicted in the lyrics of Advent Sorrow feels at times all too real. ‘Mass graves… superior men and women driven by hate for weakness… The feeling we get… Continue Reading →

Grendel’s Syster – Mystery Play / Myrtenkranz (Hoove Child Records)

After their last release, Orphic Gold Leaves, I expressed an interest in seeing how this German trio developed. So here we are. Firstly you have to be pretty astounded by the quality of the packaging in this. Again, as with… Continue Reading →

Empyreal Vault – S/T (Great Dane Records)

If you had told me a couple or three years ago that Deathcore would see a resurgence and on top of that become palatable I would have laughed in your face. Yet here we are, a new age of Deathcore… Continue Reading →

Blut aus Nord – Hallucinogen (Debemur Morti)

What to say, when everything has already been said? I’m a bit late reviewing this. Everybody else has already done it, it seems. It’s quite a challenge, therefore, to find something original and new to say. But I’ll certainly try…. Continue Reading →

Profanatica – Rotting Incarnation Of God (Season Of Mist)

So a new chapter for Profanatica. Nope not musically, they are still very much preaching their foul old testament as far as that is concerned so don’t go looking for anything in the way of evolution in that respect. However,… Continue Reading →

Blackwater Holylight – Veils of Winter (Riding Easy Records)

My initial reaction on seeing this band’s name was Blackwater Park. The band’s take on their name, which I have to say carries more authority than my reaction, is that it’s about contrasts: “heavy, psychedelic, pop, shoegaze, doom, grunge, melodic… Continue Reading →

Netherbird – Into the Vast Uncharted (Eisenwald)

If you scratch away at the surface of any music genre, you will always uncover hidden gems that are arguably as good as the “A-Listers”, and in some cases can even surpass them. There are many factors that play a part in… Continue Reading →

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