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Amaranthe – Helix (Spinefarm Records)

Amaranthe – Helix (Spinefarm Records)

A crossover between extreme metal and electronic tunes is the ultimate mission for the Swedish giants, Amaranthe, who have unleashed their techno influenced hard rock in this latest release, ‘Helix’ ‘The Score’ opens with a futuristic spoken word piece before Elize Ryd kicks in with.. Read More
Bâ'A / Verfallen / Hyrgal – Split (Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions)

Bâ’A / Verfallen / Hyrgal – Split (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions)

This sonic triptych of French black metal artists all contribute two tracks to this split release which comes as a six panel digipak. All the bands are offering atmospheric black metal with only Hyrgal being familiar to me previously as I reviewed their rather splendid.. Read More
Crimson Throne - Of Void And Solitude (Apocalyptic Witchcraft)

Crimson Throne – Of Void And Solitude (Apocalyptic Witchcraft)

Crimson Throne are a pretty new English black metal band and signing to the interesting little label Apocalyptic Witchcraft, and have toured a fair bit recently with bands such as label mates From The Bogs Of Aughiska and Coltsblood. Enough style there to make me.. Read More
Hacavitz – Nex Nihil (Moribund Records)

Hacavitz – Nex Nihil (Moribund Records)

I’ve had a hit and miss relationship with Mexico’s Hacavitz since their bulldozing debut, “Venganza” surfaced in 2005. That relationship has seen a further three albums out of which I have preferred the 2010’s “Metztli Obscura” primarily because it was just primeval sonic butchery. 2015’s.. Read More
Heir Apparent – The View From Below (No Remorse)

Heir Apparent – The View From Below (No Remorse)

It’s been 29 years since their last album ‘One Small Voice’, that album in itself was a complete contrast to the near perfect debut of ‘Graceful Inheritance’ released in 1986, a whole two years before another band made a massive statement with ‘Operation Mindcrime’. Coincidentally,.. Read More
Esoctrilihum – Inhüma (I, Voidhanger)

Esoctrilihum – Inhüma (I, Voidhanger)

How long should an artist wait before releasing a new album? Is a consistent output merely the result of quantity over quality or is it a feasible expectation to demand new music sooner. If we look to the past and as an example the works.. Read More
Orkan – Element (Dark Essence Records)

Orkan – Element (Dark Essence Records)

Norway’s Orkan wandered across my radar with their second album “Livlaus” in 2015, a vitriolic album that also encouraged me to watch them at the Inferno Festival in 2016 much to my delight. The bands third album sees them take their blackened hostility to another.. Read More
Northern Crown – S/T (S/R)

Northern Crown – S/T (S/R)

Here’s a few statistics for you. During their 30 plus year history, the longest serving, in one go at least, vocalist for Candlemass has been Mats Leven, serving from 2012-2018 on numerous tours and festival slots However, that same period has seen very little new.. Read More
Evil Scarecrow - Chapter IV: Antartarctica (Dead Box Records)

Evil Scarecrow – Chapter IV: Antartarctica (Dead Box Records)

Look, I know not everyone is a fan of Evil Scarecrow. For the record, I enjoy their stuff. I’m not averse to the odd bit of comedy metal; hell, I own several Manowar albums. I know that several readers will take a look at the.. Read More
Arroganz - Erzketer (FDA Records)

Arroganz – Erzketer (FDA Records)

A bit of a short one for you this time. Arroganz, the German trio, released their “Primitiv” album back in 2017, which I awarded then an 8/10, saying at the time, “…this has the superficial sound of a band that’s going for the bludgeoning approach,.. Read More
High On Fire -  Electric Messiah (eOne)

High On Fire – Electric Messiah (eOne)

To release one monster of an album in 2018 is no mean feat.  To do so with the wait of expectation from a rabid fanbase weighing like a concrete albatross is truly magnificent. For Matt Pike to follow up Sleeps’ “The Sciences” with a new High.. Read More
Beyond Creation - Algorythm (Season of Mist)

Beyond Creation – Algorythm (Season of Mist)

While there have been plenty of occasions where I’ve stumbled onto their songs while letting YouTube rabbit hole its own way around, I’ve never actually listened to an album of Beyond Creation’s in its entirety. ‘Algorythm’ is their third album and flows through so many.. Read More