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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 →

Druadan Forest – Dismal Spells From The Dragonrealm (Werewolf)

So labelling this ‘dungeon synth’, according to the PR, is ‘revisionist ‘ and sells short the man’s work. Well only is you think dungeon synth is something to be sneered at, and I most certainly do not think that. Dungeon… Continue Reading →

MMMD – Egoismo (Antifrost)

MMMΔ, aka MMMD aka Mohammad, now we have that out the way we can begin. Are you sitting comfortably? Well you won’t be for long and going to the toilet and ridding thyself of any excess waste is advisable before… Continue Reading →

RRAAUMM – The Eternal Dance At The Nucleus Of Time (Van)

An obscure artist, limited and already sold out in physical media of just 300 copies here from Van. The Eternal Dance… is our introduction to German atmospheric and ambient black metal entity RAAUMM. There’s very little chance of anything to… Continue Reading →

Kval – Laho (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

So it’s back to life, emptiness and chaos from the solo artist Kval from Finland who professes to a liking for Burzum. This is a follow up to his impressively bleak self-titled release of 2017. “Laho” comprises five weighty pieces…. Continue Reading →

Interview – Kenneth Kovasin [ówt krì]

Kenneth Kovasin has been releasing his ambient sound experimentations prolifically in the name of [ówt krì] since 2006. This year saw the release of the “Arra” album, [ówt krì]’s fifth, to add to six previous demos and numerous collaborations and… Continue Reading →

Arcane Voidsplitter – Voice Of The Stars (Aesthetic Death)

Mankind has always been fascinated by outer space, the stars and heavenly bodies he can just about still see from our smog filled cities glittering in the night sky. Musicians are no exception and this no doubt this goes right… Continue Reading →

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