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Belligerent Intent – The Crucifire (S/R)

From Melbourne, Australia, Belligerent Intent are a pummelling death metal band with a few black metal interludes included for a sense of the dark side. Now including ex-Bezerker/Akercocke guitarist Matt Wilcock, the level of technical ability is pretty special, even… Continue Reading →

Speed Kills – Volume VII (Music for Nations)

It’s a welcome return for this legendary record label, in the late 80’s I used to religiously buy anything on this label (and sub-label Under One Flag) simply because the quality was pretty damn good, I mean they did have… Continue Reading →

Damnation Festival – Leeds University Union 5/11/16

Black clad hordes descending on the Union building of Leeds University, sending unsuspecting students running for cover can only mean one thing – Damnation Festival! This was the 12th consecutive annual incarnation of this one day festival, showcasing the best home… Continue Reading →

Be’Lakor – Vessels (Napalm)

Melodeath from Melbourne with a Progressive edge this quintet have been kicking about for a while now and gathering much love and fists in the air from metal heads who enjoy their extremity with plenty of melody and texture. Opener… Continue Reading →

Anal Blasphemy – Western Decadence (Iron Bonehead)

This is the fourth release from Finland’s Anal Blasphemy which is the putrid spawn of Molestor Kadostus  – a one man kvlt band here.  This a raw and spiky, living up to Molestor’s self labelled “Bestial Black Metal Filth” …. Continue Reading →

The Antichrist Imperium – S/T (Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings)

Mention the word Akercocke to most fans of extreme metal, and you’ll see them gaze longingly into the distance, in remembrance of one of the most dynamic death metal bands of recent years. A band that offered brutality, and a… Continue Reading →

Absconditus – Kατάβασις (I, Voidhanger)

With bands who I never knew existed, my default reaction is to scan The Metal Archives for insight. In the case of France’s Absconditus, however, the unusually sparse promotional notes with ‘Kατάβασις’ turned out to be as good as it… Continue Reading →

A Forest Of Stars – Beware The Sword You Cannot See (Prophecy)

I can’t believe that this is the first time I have stumbled upon A Forest Of Stars, an avant-garde black metal band from Leeds. I say “band”, they actually present themselves as a “Gentlemen’s Club” from the Victorian Era. Their… Continue Reading →

The Order of Apollyon – The Sword and The Dagger (Listenable)

Five years since their debut release, 2015 sees the 2nd album of The Order of Apollyon eventually rear its gnarly head. After a huge upheaval in line-up (co-founder Dan Wilding is now with Carcass, former Akercocke man Peter Benjamin has… Continue Reading →

Interview – Voices

It’s absolutely no secret that Voices second album London, a concept to our Capital city has completely blown me away. Mixing so much emotion, atmosphere and extremity into its cinematic hour long playing time it’s a real feast and a… Continue Reading →

Voices – London (Candlelight)

London our city! The place we live whilst loving and loathing it in equal measure. Or is it equal? Maybe not as I think of the emotions and descriptors it best sums up in me. Fear, paranoia, agitation, disillusionment, schizophrenia,… Continue Reading →

Orob – Into the Room of Perpetual Echoes (S/R)

A very poetic and atmospheric title sets you up nicely for this second EP from French post, progressive black metal band Orob. After a short choral intro we are flung rapidly down ‘The Pathway’ and it is quickly evident from… Continue Reading →

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