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Noisepicker - Peace Off (Exile On Mainstream)

Noisepicker – Peace Off (Exile On Mainstream)

When I was a youngster, if I wasn’t immersed in a world of Hendrix, Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden, I was busily exploring the blues. The darkness of Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters; those bourbon soaked wails and gritty guitars.. Read More
The Dark Red Seed – Becomes Awake (Prophecy)

The Dark Red Seed – Becomes Awake (Prophecy)

Last year’s EP ‘Stands with Death’ promised great things for The Dark Red Seed, and eight months later the duo have delivered with debut album ‘Becomes Awake’. While the EP still clung to a little of the gothic neo folk that had clearly rubbed off.. Read More
Panegyrist – Hierugy (I Voidhanger Records)

Panegyrist – Hierugy (I Voidhanger Records)

This is the debut full length release for Panegyrist and it is an eclectic mix of avant- garde black metal, brutality, beauty and splendour. ‘Hierugy’ is a six track beast and opens with a minimalistic sub 2 minute wonder and leads through the album with.. Read More
None – Life Has Gone On Long Enough (Hypnotic Dirge)

None – Life Has Gone On Long Enough (Hypnotic Dirge)

Aint that album title the truth? Well it must feel like that to everyone at some point and None as their name suggests have probably not got the best outlook on life and are here making music and at least, even if it is in.. Read More
Asphagor – The Cleansing (Black Sunset / MDD Records)

Asphagor – The Cleansing (Black Sunset / MDD Records)

The Golden Age of black metal is upon us. There’s been a flood of quality releases coming in recently and now Asphagor is unleashing its third album, called “The Cleansing”. Announced by the record label as “one of the most intelligent and impressive black metal.. Read More
Wolvhammer – The Monuments of Ash and Bone (Blood Music)

Wolvhammer – The Monuments of Ash and Bone (Blood Music)

So, my first time out listening to Wolvhammer, though a cursory mooch about on the internet tells me that they’re well established in the US, boasting members or ex-members of acts such as Abigail Williams, Skeletonwitch, Nachtmystium and Krieg. This appears to be their fourth.. Read More
Verberis - Vorant Gnosis (Pulverised Records)

Verberis – Vorant Gnosis (Pulverised Records)

Verberis were spawned sometime in 2014 and have been somewhat of an enigma ever since. This latest release sees the band expose their souls in the form of just 2 tracks, yet they manage to span a monstrous 32 minutes. DA is the main mastermind.. Read More
Grave Lines – Fed into the Nihilist Engine (New Heavy Sounds)

Grave Lines – Fed into the Nihilist Engine (New Heavy Sounds)

Since the release of 2016’s ‘Welcome to Nothing’, South-eastern four-piece Grave Lines have been met with critical acclaim, earning themselves a space on the line up for Desertfest 2017, as well as support slots for the likes of Oathbreaker, Ufomammut and Cough. Considering the band.. Read More
At The Gates - To Drink From The Night Itself (Century Media)

At The Gates – To Drink From The Night Itself (Century Media)

When “At War With Reality” was announced back in 2014, it was made clear that whilst the band may have been simply touring off of their reputation alone and had changed their minds on the whole ‘not hitting the studio’ stance, At The Gates meant.. Read More
Hegemone - We Disappear (Debemur Morti)

Hegemone – We Disappear (Debemur Morti)

While the wider metal scene is much more inclusive than for example the hardcore or the punk scene when it comes to bands from outside the US or the UK, bands from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe are still not getting enough attention. That’s a shame,.. Read More
Chrch - Light Will Consume Us All (Neurot Recordings)

Chrch – Light Will Consume Us All (Neurot Recordings)

Psychedelic doom metal on Neurot, what could possibly go wrong? After a debut album and a split with Fister, Chrch was signed by the famous label and now unleashes “Light Will Consume Us All” upon the world. With only three tracks and a total playing.. Read More
Mos Generator – Shadowlands (Listenable Records)

Mos Generator – Shadowlands (Listenable Records)

It was 2016 when the mighty Mos Generator released the excellent ‘Abyssinia’, an album that rode high in my top 10 of the year, and has been regularly spun ever since. To support that particular release the band pounded the road, including a run with.. Read More