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iiah – Terra (S/R)

Warning!  This reviewer is now leaving his comfort zone… It’s with great trepidation that I not only dip my toe into post-rock waters but also try to pronounce this band’s name.  Iiah (‘eye-aah’, I believe) hail from Adelaide, Australia, and… Continue Reading →

Almyrkvi / The Ruins Of Beverast – Split (Ván Records)

There may only be four tracks on this split release but with an average running time of 10 minutes each there is plenty to immerse yourself in and it certainly is not lacking in substance. Both bands could be considered… Continue Reading →

[ówt krì] – The Burning Prophet (NCTMMRN)

“The project conjures layered soundscapes with DIY instruments in the fields of experimental music, noisescapes and dark ethereal ambient” is the way the label manager introduces this latest album from Finland’s Kenneth Kovasin, the creator of [ówt krì]. I simply… Continue Reading →

Death, Void, Terror – To The Great Monolith II (Repose Records)

I know we (well mainly me actually) make the occasional quip about receiving the new soundtrack to the apocalypse but fuck me has it not got even more real over the last couple of weeks? No need to elaborate, I’m… Continue Reading →

Burzum – Thulêan Mysteries (Byelobog Productions)

Metal might well have the most chequered history of any music genre. From the early days of ‘Satanic panic’, to the hideous grotesque nature of Death Metal, to the actual desecration of churches via the infamous Norwegian Black Metal scene…. Continue Reading →

Mortiis – Spirit Of Rebellion (Omnipresent / Dead Seed Productions)

Just for the record, I like goblins. Whereas the orcs and stuff get all the bad guy praise, poor little goblins are like the weird kid everyone picks on in the school yard. So hurrah for goblinses! Ahem. Sorry. Anyway… Continue Reading →

Völur / Amber Asylum – Breaker of Rings / Blood Switch (Prophecy)

Potentially we have here a temple of weirdness and melancholy as we have a combination of Canadian “doom experimentalists” Völur and San Franciscan “neo-classical ambient collective” Amber Asylum. Reading up on the background, the two bands involved recognise the same… Continue Reading →

Midnight Odyssey – Biolume Part 1 – In Tartarean Chains (I, Voidhanger)

So what’s your definition of symphonic black metal? Dimmu Borgir? Cradle Of Filth in their more extravagant moments? Well for me my favourite style is this incarnation of Australian mastermind Dis Pater, though of course being the man of musical… Continue Reading →

Tome Of The Unreplenished / Starless Domain – Epistolary Of The Fall (Aesthetic Death)

I have to admit I hadn’t a clue what I was getting into when I asked for this from the review list (yes internet people, that’s what happens, we ask for things we hope we might enjoy and if we’re… Continue Reading →

Tottumiskysymys – s/t (NCTMMRN)

This is the sort of thing that excites me. Yes, I probably should be admitted to a lunatic asylum but my excitement in this case does not come from the number of consecutive consonants in the band and album name,… Continue Reading →

Cortege – Capricorn (S/R)

In the spirit of full transparency, I have copied and pasted two sentences that I think probably do a better job than I will in 500 or so words, at describing what I have just listened to on this latest… Continue Reading →

Ancient Moon – Benedictus Diabolica, Gloria Patri (Iron Bonehead)

Ancient Moon may not be a name that leaps forth from the dark clutching a bloody sacrificial blade when one thinks of occult black metal. But Benedictus Diabolica is one of those albums, in a vast obsidian sea of polytheistic… Continue Reading →

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