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Seer – Volume 6 (Artoffact Records)

Seer are a quintet from Vancouver BC -why do people always put BC is there another Vancouver – I neither know nor care- what I do care about is the big noise these 5 boys make.  (Edit – I have just… Continue Reading →

Deadbird – III: The Forest Within the Tree (20 Buck Spin)

All that I have read, seen and heard recently about the American South has been synonymous with weird, backward ideas (to put it politely). It looks like the majority of the people there is trying very hard to undo some… Continue Reading →

The Midnight Ghost Train – Cypress Ave (Napalm Records)

Two and bit years ago The Midnight Ghost Train released “Cold Was the Ground” on Napalm. It got me excited with its ballsy, fuzzed out riffs peppered with Cave-esque pathos. It would appear that the shacks on Cypress Ave. are… Continue Reading →

Thalamus – Hiding From Daylight (Vicisolum)

Swedish Metallers Thalamus return with thunder in their soul after a 4 year hiatus, rejuvenated and with a desire to capture the energy and fire they had on their debut with this their 4th release. Their dark, deep, down and… Continue Reading →

Life of Agony – A Place Where There’s No More Pain (Napalm Records)

As soon as I got this album, I listened to it to bask in its aural goodness. About halfway through my first listen I started reading the accompanying press release, which states “The famed River Runs Red line-up, featuring vocalist… 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 →

Earth Ship – Hollowed (Napalm)

Berlin’s Earth Ship are a band that crosses genres. Depending on your state of mind when you press play, you’ll hear something different each and every time. Firing out two parts doom and one part southern metal, Earth Ship have… Continue Reading →

Atala – Shaman’s Path of the Serpent (S/R)

Out of the heat and dust of San Bernardino rumbles the trio entitled “Atala”.  Atala is either a 7th Century monk or an Italian make of bicycle. What is more likely in my mind is these lads take their moniker from… 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 →

Red Eleven – Collect Your Scars (Lifeforce)

There’s certainly an early 90’s vibe about Red Eleven’s sound. The soulful mid-range vocals and inimitable groove that runs throughout their third album “Collect Your Scars” is very indicative of that era, but Red Eleven are from Finland…and that means… Continue Reading →

Temple of Lies – From Sand (Attic Records)

Leicester’s Temple of Lies have hitched up their wagons and headed west – figuratively at least. What this quartet offer is stoner/desert rock with a metal edge.  It may be the Midlands connection but I get a bit of a… Continue Reading →

New Keepers Of The Water Tower – Infernal Machine (Listenable)

After a fair few thrash and death metal releases, it’s often quite refreshing to go to the opposite end of the intricate and complex spectrum in terms of composition and delivery. Yes, I’m talking about Prog Metal and no, it’s… Continue Reading →

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