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Blaze Bayley – December Wind (Blaze Bayley Recordings)

Anyone who knows me will know one thing. I love Iron Maiden, obsession doesn’t even cover it, I wear my Maiden concerts upon my sleeve like badges of honour and take great delight in regaling unfortunates in my tales of… Continue Reading →

Winterfylleth, Meus, Wolcensmen – London St Pancras Old Church 24/9/18

It’s not often we get an invite to church, certainly not from a band known (mainly) for playing black metal. Winterfylleth are not about any form of satanic shtick though and as latest acoustic album The Hallowing Of Heirdom has… Continue Reading →

Winterfylleth – The Hallowing Of Heirdom (Candlelight)

This album is one of those conundrums, a work that initially is both unexpected and yet such an obvious one too when just a moment of thought is given to it. But still, again, somehow surprising that they actually went… Continue Reading →

Ulvesang – The Hunt (Nordvis)

First expecting a Danish band, I was quite surprised that Ulvesang (Danish for Wolves Song) are apparently from Canada. After a self-titled debut album in 2015, the band has moved on to Nordvis for its successor, called “The Hunt”. Alex… Continue Reading →

Spectrale – Triangle (Ladlo Productions)

Firstly here the album title is actually a symbol of a triangle so just get that in your head and think about going through that shape in the Play School Window (showing my age here). Secondly, well this album is… Continue Reading →

Wapentake – Murmurations (S/R)

Yes it is an odd word and apparently means “(in the UK) a subdivision of certain northern and midland English counties, corresponding to a hundred in other counties.” As far as musical origins are concerned 1st port of call is… Continue Reading →

Byrdi – Ansur : Urkraft (Troll Music)

Raise your horns, light the camp fire and blend with nature! If you like traditional songs in Norwegian, Byrdi is your world. Folk-tribal drums, acoustic guitars and epic vocals emitted with crystal clarity covers it but this is far too… Continue Reading →

My Silent Wake – Invitation To Imperfection (Opa Loka)

It’s always good to be reminded that my reputation amongst my less musically anal retentive friends for having an encyclopaedic knowledge of metal is not really deserved. Case in point being doom band My Silent Wake, as to the best… Continue Reading →

The Moon and the Nightspirit – Metanoia (Prophecy)

“Metanoia” means an initiation, a rebirth, an awakening of the higher self, and the rekindling of an inner flame. Hungarian duo The Moon and the Nightspirit’s brand of folk and world music is a representation of this state. This isn’t… Continue Reading →

Klone – Unplugged (Pelagic Records)

Coming up to two years ago almost, “Here Comes The Sun” by Poitiers based, French six piece Klone came through my letterbox, and I’ll be honest, it was a tough nut to crack musically and even tougher to review but… Continue Reading →

John Garcia – The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues (Napalm)

If this were an album by any other artist or band, you would wonder just what they were taking as you look at the title of it… But it is not. It is an album by the man who is… Continue Reading →

Prag 83 – Metamorphoses (Nordvis)

Without much information forthcoming on mysterious German multi-instrumentalist Herr K., Swedish label Nordvis present ‘Metamorphoses’ from Prag 83, an eight-track album of dark, acoustic folk music. Inspired by the literary works of Franz Kafka, the music here is lilting and… Continue Reading →

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