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Night Demon - Darkness Remains (SPV)

Night Demon – Darkness Remains (SPV)

I have been a long-time supporter of this band, so with album number 2 up for grabs, it’s a no brainer for me to review this, no surprise to those who know me. This American band have toured for what seems forever over the past.. Read More
Mammoth Mammoth - Mount the Mountain (Napalm Records)

Mammoth Mammoth – Mount the Mountain (Napalm Records)

If you’ve ever caught Mammoth Mammoth in the past, whether by playing their records or attending a gig, you know that they have a pretty tried and true formula, which is why you will be massively surprised by their new direction. Eschewing hard rocking riffs.. Read More
Aborted Fetus – The Art of Violent Torture (Comatose Music)

Aborted Fetus – The Art of Violent Torture (Comatose Music)

Russian slam pioneers Aborted Fetus have returned to the scene with their fifth full length release The Art of Violent Torture. Those who are a fan of no nonsense, unadulterated slam are in for a right treat, as this album is pretty much slam in.. Read More
Phlefonyaar – Septic, Bitter and Hardbitten (S/R)

Phlefonyaar – Septic, Bitter and Hardbitten (S/R)

Phlefonyaar pronounced “flef-on-yar , are a two piece blues doom sludge combo from your worst dreams and your most exciting nightmares. I don’t know where in the UK these guys are from but I think they were deposited from their mother’s wretched wombs in the wrong place... Read More
Fleurety - Fragmenta Cuinsvis Aetatis Contemporaneae (Aesthetic Death)

Fleurety – Fragmenta Cuinsvis Aetatis Contemporaneae (Aesthetic Death)

Those manipulators of mayhem and tormentors of trickery Fleurety have called in from planet very strange again and caught us completely off guard. Nobody should be that surprised though as it is what the Norwegian outfit centred around core members Svein Egil Hatlevik and Alexander.. Read More
Coltsblood - Ascending Into Shimmering Darkness (Candlelight)

Coltsblood – Ascending Into Shimmering Darkness (Candlelight)

There is clearly something afoot in the Coltsblood camp, just from looking at the cover of this long awaited follow up to 2014’s Into The Unfathomable Abyss. That debut was a remarkable tomb of blackened sludge and Celtic Frost dragged backwards through a tarpit by.. Read More
Skyclad - Forward Into The Past (Listenable)

Skyclad – Forward Into The Past (Listenable)

It was a day of Skycladian surprises when this one arrived for review the other day. There’s the ever-recurring disbelief I have when I see how many years a band have been going whose debut I went out and bought and seems like only a.. Read More
Vampire - With Primeval Force (Century Media)

Vampire – With Primeval Force (Century Media)

Back with a new line up, the PR blurb goes on to say that the album is not just a follow up to their debut (with an EP in between of course), but an album that will redefine death metal in 2017”. A bold statement,.. Read More
Infernal Majesty – No God (High Roller Records)

Infernal Majesty – No God (High Roller Records)

Blimey, here’s a band with a history. These Canadian thrashers are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. Thirty years…..what were you doing thirty years ago? Chances are you weren’t even alive. Well these Canucks were churning out quality thrash metal in that peculiarly aggressive Canadian.. Read More
Nightbringer – Terra Damnata (Season of Mist)

Nightbringer – Terra Damnata (Season of Mist)

It’s time to get out your black, burning candelabras and best laying chickens ready to be slaughtered because ’tis the season of occult black metal and Nightbringer is back. With our very own Martin Harris quite rightly lauding the excellent Eleven Dragons by Acrimonious last.. Read More
Alfahanne - Det Nya Svarta (Indie)

Alfahanne – Det Nya Svarta (Indie)

Back around January 2014 Swedish reprobates Alfahanne really burst on the scene with debut album Alfapokalypse. It was a breath of rotten air bolstered by an urgent clamouring punked up backbone that took in various different ideas throughout its short, sharp running time. Driven by.. Read More
Disbelief - The Symbol of Death (Listenable Records)

Disbelief – The Symbol of Death (Listenable Records)

Is it really seven years since Disbelief released “Heal!”? Time flies, I guess, and I remember enjoying it a fair bit when it was released, with their mid-tempo meat-and-potatoes take on death metal. One of Germany’s most reliable death metal bands, having been active since.. Read More