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Interview – Entombed A.D.

Well documented kerfuffles caused the implosion of one of the most respected and veteran Swedish death metal bands Entombed and we were worried that it was going to be a case of them resting in pieces for a while. Steely… Continue Reading →

Manegarm – S/T (Napalm)

I’m not quite sure why eight albums into their career a band would simply self-title their album. It strikes as a statement that they are completely re-inventing themselves or are just plain lazy really and there’s no real hint of… Continue Reading →

Huntress – Static (Napalm)

For all their positives, Huntress have historically been slated by the press and fans in regards their previous two releases, so why does this continue? Are you not actually evaluating the releases objectively and just trolling and joining the witch… Continue Reading →

Kataklysm – Of Ghosts and Gods (Nuclear Blast)

Any fan of metal knows exactly what they’re getting when it comes to a Kataklysm album and their impressive 12th release Of Ghosts and Gods is no exception. The groove heavy riffs, thunderous blast beats and Maurizio Iacono’s signature growls,… Continue Reading →

By The Patient – Gehenna (Lifeforce)

Four suitably grim looking gentlemen from Denmark present us with some blackened death metal. I felt a tang of Hypocrisy and a waft of Amon Amarth in there but “Gehenna” wends its own way darkly and creepily and in a… Continue Reading →

Obscurity – Vintar (Trollzorn Records)

With a decade and a half under their shields Viking death metal band Obscurity have lived up to their name when it comes to me knowing the band which really is unusual considering this is the bands seventh full length… Continue Reading →

Sidious – Revealed In Profane Splendour (Kaotoxin)

Sidious are a four piece blackened Death Metal band from our nation’s capital. They are comprised of Isfeth on vocals, Indomitus –guitar, Baalrath on bass and Khrudd (snigger) on drums. Apparently these chaps are drawn from various corners of the capitals… Continue Reading →

Onheil – Storm Is Coming (Cyclone Empire)

Apparently going since 1999, this is my first crossing of paths with Dutch band Onheil, who describe themselves as blackened thrash/heavy metal. Add ‘highly melodic’ in there and you’re about spot on. The melody comes mostly courtesy of Maidenesque guitar… Continue Reading →

Daemonheim – Tidian (Naturmacht)

Daemonheim are a new name to me and this is only their second album, but many a gem has been discovered like this etc etc. Apparently these Germans peddle a sound blending black, death, folk and ‘even non metal genres’… Continue Reading →

Souldrainer – Architect (ViciSolum)

The opening is impressive. “Biological Experiments” has everything you could want in a melodic metal song. It is tribal, marching and has loads of hooks and interesting developments. It’s also trite – “This is the end of the human race”… Continue Reading →

BattleroaR – Blood Of Legends (Cruz Del Sur)

Greek metal outfit BattleroaR (apparently that last capital R is important…) are one of those bands I’ve been aware of for years but save for a fleeting listen a long time ago have never properly crossed my path. So here… Continue Reading →

Portal – For All That Is Damned To Vanish (Vic)

Before you get all excited, this is not the demented Aussies with a new album, this is the Swedish version of Portal on their second album and is some 13 years since their debut in 2001. This band has Matthias… Continue Reading →

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