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Mora Prokaza – By Chance (Season of Mist)

Bizarrely, avant-garde black metal meets New School Trap, or so the description goes. I had to look up Trap, and having done so I now understand it’s a form of hip hop. I didn’t know the band either, and it… Continue Reading →

Blitzkrieg Baby – Genocidal Sextasy (Cloister Recordings)

What a time to be alive, the pubs are re-opening on this very day after being shut for several months. The world continues to churn and vomit out its soul and we can go, get a pint and a packet… Continue Reading →

Svard – The Rift (Argonauta Records)

Svard is a project new to this locked down world. The band consists of Tim Nedergard and Bjorn Petterson from Sweden’s proggy deathsters In Mourning who offer guitars and vocals. They recruited ex bandmate and bassist Pierre Stam and reached… Continue Reading →

Cult Of Frey – By The Blood Of Odin Part 1 – Midgard (UKEM)

Go on, then, guess what sub-genre of metal this might belong to….? Got it in one. Viking metal from Bedfordshire, which is fine by me. Sadly his album has not exactly had an easy genesis. Cult Of Frey changed their… Continue Reading →

MANTAR – Grungetown Hooligans II (Brutal Panda)

With every gig, tour, festival and major release postponed/cancelled for 2020, musicians the world over are suddenly finding themselves with a lot of spare time on their hands – so what better time to give something a little different a… Continue Reading →

Profeci – Matecznik (Godz Ov War Productions)

The Black metal world is under a Polish onslaught at the moment with elite heavy hitters such as Behemoth, Batushka and MGLA all bringing their own brands of technical, precise, malevolent, and mechanical brilliance to the party. So, when I… Continue Reading →

Neptunian Maximalism – Eons (I, Voidhanger)

Neptunian Maximalism – also known as NNMM are a – wait for it- community of cultural engineers. Musically these Belgians combine drone metal, free jazz and psychedelic music. There are at least 12 members – which are often changing, and… Continue Reading →

FDA Demo Series Vol. 1-4 (FDA Records)

Are demos even really a thing any more? What’s the difference between a demo, EP or album? I think the lines have been exceptionally blurred through the passages of time. Anyone can upload any music online now for example and… Continue Reading →

Divine Weep – The Omega Man (Ossuary Records)

Divine Weep initially formed as a Black Metal band over 20 years ago, but after a couple of demos things went rather quiet for a while until the guitarist and drummer regrouped with new members and within a few years… Continue Reading →

Cryfemal – Eterna Oscuridad (Immortal Frost Productions)

Wow is it really four years since Ebola and drummer Bornyhake Ormenos poured their insatiable scorn on the earth with 2016’s ‘D6s6nti6rro’, an album I reviewed for Ave Noctum here. Indeed it’s hard to believe that they could even match… Continue Reading →

Stygian Crown – Stygian Crown (Cruz Del Sur)

Right off the bat, Stygian Crown’s public relations information had me frothing at the mouth in anticipation. I hadn’t heard of them myself, but the band describe their own sound as “Candlethrower”; a melding of influences from Candlemass and Bolt… Continue Reading →

Dauþuz – Grubenfall 1727 (Amor Fati Productions)

After three full length albums since their 2016 inception, this German duo appear to be taking a breather by only releasing an EP this year. Don’t be fooled though, the three tracks here clock in at nearly 35 minutes. Thematically, Dauþuz… Continue Reading →

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