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Prophetic Scourge – Calvary (Klonosphere)

Prophetic Scourge – Calvary (Klonosphere)

Eight lengthy tracks with prefixes from “The Penitent” to “The Cultist” suggest an edgy progressiveness but in a very dark way, and that’s broadly what we have from this French quintet. “The Penitent – Confrère de la Miséricorde” sets out by throwing brutal, technical death.. Read More
Necandi Homines – Black Hole (Third I Rex)

Necandi Homines – Black Hole (Third I Rex)

I have not quite worked out whether it is deep space that Italian cult act Necandi Homines have been mining or the void beneath the crust of the earth but they have certainly dredged up some obsidian gold in their travels with this intriguing EP.. Read More
Lucifer’s Child – The Order (Agonia)

Lucifer’s Child – The Order (Agonia)

Appearing seemingly out of nowhere ‘The Wiccan’, debut album from Lucifer’s Child impressed no end. No surprise about that really as the Greek band comprises of members of Rotting Christ, Nightfall and Chaostar instrumentally along with the singer from Karma Violets. Catching them live at.. Read More
Lethean – The Waters of Death (Cruz Del Sur)

Lethean – The Waters of Death (Cruz Del Sur)

This is a project featuring multi-instrumentalist James Ashbey (Deceptor, ex-Solstice, Craven Idol and Doctor Death) and singer Thumri Paavana. Described as a cross between Doom, Epic Metal and NWOBHM, the thought is quite tempting. Immediately you are dragged into epic metal territory with ‘Idylls of.. Read More
Nanowar Of Steel – Stairway To Valhalla (S/R)

Nanowar Of Steel – Stairway To Valhalla (S/R)

Comedy and parody in music is a thorny subject. For every Chicken Song there is a Doctorin the Tardis. Hell, let’s face it the Chicken song was only funny when we were kids. (apologies to anyone under 35 who hasn’t a clue what I am.. Read More
The Ocean Collective - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Metal Blade / Pelagic Records)

The Ocean Collective – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Metal Blade / Pelagic Records)

This is one of those releases you could write a treatise about (not that such releases are abundant). Its scope is so ambitious, it borders on megalomania. But that’s fine with me. Who has ever achieved anything significant by setting themselves small goals? Maybe someday.. Read More
Décembre Noir – Autumn Kings (Lifeforce)

Décembre Noir – Autumn Kings (Lifeforce)

Autumn is upon us. Rain is pouring from grey skies, leaves are falling from the trees and there is a need for somber, heavy music. Décembre Noir provide for this with their third album “Autumn Kings”, bringing us some joyfully gloomy music in the style.. Read More
Evoken – Hypnagogia (Profound Lore)

Evoken – Hypnagogia (Profound Lore)

Apparently Evoken state that they wanted “to present the listener with an emotionally exhausting record” and they have certainly done that, I have fallen asleep several times listening to this. That’s not a criticism in the slightest, I just find funeral doom takes me to.. Read More
1914 – The Blind Leading The Blind (Redefining Darkness / Archaic Sound Records)

1914 – The Blind Leading The Blind (Redefining Darkness / Archaic Sound Records)

1914 are a death metal band from the Ukraine that have been around since 2014 and it’ll come as no surprise that a band named 1914 like to write songs about the Great War. What kind of songs? Fucking good ones! Like the much missed.. Read More
Sigh – Heir To Despair (Candlelight)

Sigh – Heir To Despair (Candlelight)

Anybody fancy a slice of fruitcake, best grab a jug of saké to wash it down with as this is an album that is going to be hard to digest even by arch nutters Sigh’s standards. The band never exactly started off normal and were.. Read More
Deathrite – Nightmares Reign (Century Media)

Deathrite – Nightmares Reign (Century Media)

YES! A decent, old school death metal album lands in my filthy box which was much needed after I appeared to upset the whole of Belgium with my review of the Moss Upon The Skull album the other day. I feel guilty……I really do….. This.. Read More