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Runespell / Forest Mysticism – Wandering Forlorn (Iron Bonehead)

Runespell and Forest Mysticism may conjure up a lot of different preconceptions about what’s coming down the speaker cables and out of the bass bins: mad dwarves digging for gold, elves dancing in woodland glades…. armies of darkness marching their… Continue Reading →

Triptykon with the Metropole Orkest – Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019) Century Media

30 years in the making and the hugely anticipated ‘Requiem’ is unleashed. ‘Requiem’ was started by the legendary Celtic Frost and finalised into the package that sits before us today by the new generation of Tom G Warrior and his… Continue Reading →

Goden – Beyond Darkness (Svart)

Anyone familiar with Winter will know the impact the cult band had on doom metal. With an iciness that reflected the name, they created an apocalyptic sound with soul crushing density. Described as its spiritual successor, Goden is a project… Continue Reading →

Uprising – II (Wolfsgrimm Records)

The very rare occasions post has arrived during lockdown has been much appreciated and the timing was certainly perfect as far as Uprising are concerned a German one-man outfit with themes of decency and class discontent complete with a plague… Continue Reading →

Wolves Den – Miserere (Trollzorn Records)

The second album by Germany’s Wolves Den is fine example of how to modernise black metal yet retain the hallmarks of the genre to record something that’s a bit different to the norm but sits conformably within the genre’s core… Continue Reading →

Utilitarian – Fight War Not Wars, Destroy Power Not People (S/R)

The fact that half the title of Utilitarian’s new release is appropriated from CRASS (all property is theft) gives you an idea of the political slant and moral compass of this lot from Sheffield . The band name is shared… Continue Reading →

Cosmic Putrefaction – The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers (I, Voidhanger)

One-man bands are ever present in the Metal world, which is probably due to the genre being so diverse and yet still strangely niche. You might like Black Metal enough to want to start a band but your other Metal… Continue Reading →

Deathbarrel – Rebuke Revoke (Soulseller Records)

Who doesn’t like a bit of country music, or at least a bit of Johnny Cash? I like Johnny Cash a lot, especially his lyrics and his poetry (yes, he wrote poetry, too). That’s why I was not put off… Continue Reading →

Commando – Rites of Damnation (High Roller Records)

This EP follows a 2016 demo from this Swedish band, who were formed in 2016. The conventional nature of the heavy rock-metal riff is broken up by the bizarre and manic vocals. The riff goes round and round without energy…. Continue Reading →

Black Rainbows – Cosmic Ritual Supertrip (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Treating the world with their own brand of fuzz worship since 2007, Italy’s own Black Rainbows have in that time racked up one hell of a back catalogue, an absolute shed load of shows, and arguably as importantly, built up… Continue Reading →

Ruadh – The Rock of the Clyde (Northern Silence Productions)

So, as a confession, I have watched Ruadh live at the Beermageddon festival in 2019, or at least I think I have, because on the day in question, I made an ill-fated decision to sit in the sun for a… Continue Reading →

Kevlar Bikini – OPT-OUTism (Geenger Records)

Although slightly late to this bikini party (story of my life), I really enjoyed this Croatian trio’s 3rd album Rants, Riffage And Rousing Rhythms released via Geenger Records back in 2018. Although not the sort of style that I would… Continue Reading →

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