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Soilwork – Verkligheten (Nuclear Blast)

You wouldn’t think that Soilwork could add much to their twenty year portfolio. The sound, aggression and melodic level have transformed subtly over the years but I think most people who know Soilwork have a certain expectation. Well let me… Continue Reading →

Nailed To Obscurity – Black Frost (Nuclear Blast)

Contrary to their moniker, this German five piece have been plucked from obscurity to release their fourth album with considerable fanfare, after impressing on the European live circuit in recent years. Comparisons have already been made to the early works… Continue Reading →

Space Coke – L Appel Du Vide (Mystery School Records)

Fuzz buzz a go go from this Columbia South Carolina quartet on this their first full length.  Fans of Uncle Acid will dig these dudes take on Sabbath soaked psychedelic B movie grooves. The band have a love of Butthole Surfers… Continue Reading →

Warkunt – Of Ruins and Agony (Great Dane Records)

‘Of Ruins and Agony’ is the début album by this French quintet, and while they may have only been together for 2 years, it would appear they are all rather accomplished musicians with several years of experience under their belts…. Continue Reading →

Mourning Sign – Contra Mundum (Orchestrated Misery Recordings)

There was definitely something in the Swedish water during the early Nineties, when (and where) melodic progressive death metal sprung forth in quite a prolific manner, setting the scene for further bastardisations of metal as we know it. Whilst luminaries… Continue Reading →

Festerday – Iihtallan (Season Of Mist)

The world is full of bands who never see the light of day and equally full of bands who never get around to releasing a full length album. Some of these bands lay forgotten forever more, others become woven into… Continue Reading →

Ysengrin / StarGazer– D.A.V.V.N (Nuclear War Now! Productions)

NWN have a series of split releases that started in 2015 that have been thematically linked as this split represents the third in that series which follows an alchemical concept that I won’t go into here, predominantly because I have… Continue Reading →

Juniper Grave – Of Hellions & Harridans (Wasted State Records)

Firmly rooted in the psychedelic rock tradition of the ‘70s with influences of occult artists like Blood Ceremony and Jex Thoth, Juniper Grave’s debut album “Of Hellions & Harridans” promises us tales of forgotten folklore and prophecies of doom. The… Continue Reading →

Venom – Storm The Gates (Spinefarm Records)

There are some bands out there that the words “seminal” and “influential” seem invented for. There are some bands out there whose back catalogue is so full of such utter bangers that it’s easy (and quite right) to forgive them… Continue Reading →

Myrkur & Jo Quail – Manchester Gorilla 22/12/18

My final gig of the year couldn’t have been better, an intimate night of sumptuous musicality in the company of two of the finest proponents of soulful, ambient and passionately intense performances even though headliner Myrkur did a black metal… Continue Reading →

Loch, Soft, Crack Guilty, Seriate and Satyagraha – The Soundmaker Studio, George Town, Penang, Malaysia 22/12/18

This was a journey into the unknown for me. Of the bands playing here tonight, I confess I didn’t any of them before tonight. It was two members of Weot Skam, who were supposed to be playing, who gave me… Continue Reading →

Cntmpt – Towards Neglect (Into Endless Chaos Records)

All three band members of this German black metal act are prolific in a number of other bands such as Evil Warriors, Division Speed, Vidargängr, to name a few and within this project they are simply named as B, M… Continue Reading →

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