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Eluveitie - Evocation II – Pantheon (Nuclear Blast)

Eluveitie – Evocation II – Pantheon (Nuclear Blast)

Eluveitie is Chrivel Glanzmann’s band and it always has been. Right from it’s inception back in 2002 he assembled like-minded musicians to carry forward his vision for his band. Therefor, members may come and go but as long as Glanzmann is still at the helm,.. Read More
Der Weg einer Freiheit – Finisterre (Season of Mist)

Der Weg einer Freiheit – Finisterre (Season of Mist)

I very much appreciated Der Weg einer Freiheit’s previous release “Stellar” (2015), which had atmospheric power, intensity and fluidity, so I had high hopes for this one, the band’s fourth album. “A human can never become an animal”, philosophises a lady in German to a.. Read More
Lisa Cuthbert – Hextapes (Iron Bonehead)

Lisa Cuthbert – Hextapes (Iron Bonehead)

This album arrived and immediately induced a sense of slight shame that I didn’t know the name Lisa Cuthbert, as she has worked with an extraordinarily wide range of bands from Marillion through The Sisters Of Mercy to Draconian and Ulver. Still here we are.. Read More
Pagan Altar – The Room Of Shadows (Temple Of Mystery)

Pagan Altar – The Room Of Shadows (Temple Of Mystery)

Having begun life in the late 70’s just as the enormity of the NWOBHM movement was unfolding, Pagan Altar were one of the few British doom bands starting out from that period. Given their interrupted lifespan, album output has been relatively sporadic with most of.. Read More
Thy Art Is Murder – Dear Desolation (Nuclear Blast)

Thy Art Is Murder – Dear Desolation (Nuclear Blast)

Of late the major players within the deathcore scene have been branching out somewhat and have been testing the water with more ambitious song writing that has had a mixed reception within the media and from fans alike, with Carnifex, Whitechapel and Suicide Silence all.. Read More
Ars Magna Umbrae – Through Lunar Gateways (Hellthrasher)

Ars Magna Umbrae – Through Lunar Gateways (Hellthrasher)

Ready for a “manifestation of the Chthonic forces of Death and a sonic portal to the Nightside?” Well just as well as that is exactly what we have here courtesy of Ars Magna Umbrae from Poland, the work of D.A Khthōn. It would appear from.. Read More
Rabid Bitch of the North - Nothing but a Bitter Taste (Hostile Media)

Rabid Bitch of the North – Nothing but a Bitter Taste (Hostile Media)

Belfast’s RBOTN live and breathe British metal of the NWOBHM era, it’s certainly evident on some of the tracks. Whilst others, especially the first two ‘The Missionary’ and ‘Chance’, have an epic metal flavour. They certainly sound ready to go into battle armed with the.. Read More
The Necromancers - Servants Of The Salem Girl (Ripple Music)

The Necromancers – Servants Of The Salem Girl (Ripple Music)

The Necromancers will be a new name to many, but Ripple Music (home to plenty of top Doom, Stoner and Psych bands) are relishing the task of releasing this French outfits impressive debut. Another clue to their style is that they have recently been sharing.. Read More
Ljosazabojstwa – Sychodžańnie (Hellthrasher)

Ljosazabojstwa – Sychodžańnie (Hellthrasher)

We’re warned to prepare for a 32 minute descent to a bottomless pit. Having reviewed this Belarusian band’s 2016 demo “Staražytnaje licha”, I can believe that. Ominous gothic chimes set us on the evil path – nothing exceptional to be truthful – and then the.. Read More
Atriarch – Dead As Truth (Relapse)

Atriarch – Dead As Truth (Relapse)

Once I upgraded my musical reading from Smash Hits to N.M.E, Melody Maker and Sounds I remember well the tag of most miserable band in the world being thrown around a lot. It normally went in the direction of The Smiths, Joy Division and The.. Read More
Atrexial – Souverain (Godz Ov War Productions)

Atrexial – Souverain (Godz Ov War Productions)

When you think of Spain, you probably think of sun-drenched beaches, paella and sangria rather than oppressive death metal, but that may be about to change as Barcelona’s Atrexial well and truly stick their head above the parapet, Having completed their line up in May.. Read More
Demon Eye – Prophecies and Lies  (Soulseller Records)

Demon Eye – Prophecies and Lies (Soulseller Records)

Was it really a whole two years ago that I was sitting down at this very keyboard to review Demon Eye’s last rather good release ‘Tempora Infernalia’, I rhetorically ask? Yep, a quick check through the archives of my laptop and Ave Noctem confirm this,.. Read More