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Yellow Eyes – Rare Field Ceiling (Gilead Media)

When you envision American atmospheric black metal, bands such as Wolves in the Throne Room roaming the Olympian wilderness or Agalloch traversing the snowy plateaus of Oregon’s Mount Hood spring to mind. What you don’t expect is the ever-twinkling skyline… Continue Reading →

Blurr Thrower – Les Avatars du Vide (Ladlo Productions)

Yep I took one look at the band name and thought Britpop meets death metal, well you would wouldn’t you? Blurr Thrower are however French and an entirely different entity from a genre crossover which will hopefully never rear its… Continue Reading →

Malthusian – Across Deaths (Invictus)

Well let’s face it, this was never going to be pretty. Irish extremists Malthusian more than proved themselves with 2015 EP ‘Below The Hengiform’ as well as at various live eviscerations. They have been quiet for a while but now… Continue Reading →

The Atlas Moth – Coma Noir (Prosthetic Records)

The Atlas Moth. I had heard of the band before, but somehow, I’ve managed to fully ignore their music so far, even though the band is making the type of music that usually sparks my interest. Hailing from Chicago in… Continue Reading →

Kassad – Faces Turn Away (Hypnotic Dirge)

At last some proper grown up black metal from the UK. No clown-shoes and corpse paint in evidence here and it’s a welcome relief as I seem to have been hearing too much of that sort of stuff lately. It’s… Continue Reading →

Alkerdeel – Lede (Consouling Sounds)

Belgium is one of those places whose black metal scene is always worth keeping an eye on for some unexpected gems. In the early days they had some pretty solid output from the fathers of their scene Enthroned and Ancient… Continue Reading →

Damnation Festival – Leeds University 7/11/15

A quick meet up with friends who would not be seen again all day in the sprawl of four stages, a mass of people and 27 bands and it’s time to go charging around and trying to watch and cover… Continue Reading →

Krawwl & Barshasketh – Split (Human Jigsaw)

Is that what the human brain looks like on the cover, well it might be after putting it through the paces of listening to the first band on this split release Krawwl [7] from Ireland. Luckily I have had an… Continue Reading →

Swampborn – Alleged Escape (Haarbn)

Complicated and intricate post black metal here from this Russian duo with their debut EP. Essentially this work consists of two sprawling tacks with plenty of ideas about them. It’s partly avant-garde and out there and also kind of installing… Continue Reading →

Bast – Spectres (Burning World / Black Bow)

There are plenty of firsts about this album. It’s the debut by London based Bast and also the first release from Jon Davis of Conan’s Black Bow Records. Not only that but apparently it’s also the first album to be… Continue Reading →

Fyrnask – ‘Eldir Nótt’ (Temple of Torturous)

‘Eldir Nótt’ translates roughly to ‘nightfire’ or ‘ablaze the night’ and this is precisely what German solo project, Fyrnask, does with his second full-length release; mysterious entity Fyrnd is casting a light amongst the solo black metal projects of the… Continue Reading →

Candlefest – Altar Of Plagues, Xerath, Zatokrev, Kontinuum, Crown, Ancient Ascendant, The Earls Of Mars – Camden Underworld 24/8/13

The second day of the Candlefest sees an eclectic mix of bands including a few that I have never seen and a headliner playing their swansong. It was an early start as one band I did not want to miss… Continue Reading →

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