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Children Of Bodom – I Worship Chaos (Nuclear Blast)

I’ll be first to admit that I never really gave these guys the listen they deserved. I think I may have seen them at Wacken over a decade ago, but that’s about it. When you consider they have been around… Continue Reading →

Hanging Garden – Blackout Whiteout (Lifeforce)

Finland. Dark, brooding, cold, moody, grey, a little oppressive and a bit gloomy. I’m talking about their more popular brand of Metal of course – I’m sure the country is lovely – but like their Scandinavian brothers, the Finns do… Continue Reading →

Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud (Nuclear Blast)

Somehow amidst all the extensive touring they have been doing, celebrating the 20th anniversary of ground-breaking album ‘Tales Of A Thousand Lakes’ Finnish workhorses Amorphis found time to hole up and record their new 12th studio album. Laid down at… Continue Reading →

Interview – Obsequiae

Aria Of Vernal Tombs, the second album from strangely named US act Obsequiae is certainly a breath of fresh air and quite different from most music around at the moment. Melding what seems like two separate timeframes together and seamlessly… Continue Reading →

Barren Earth – On Lonely Towers (Century Media)

For their third album Jón Aldará replaces original singer Mikko Kotamäki, while the remaining 5 members carry on where they left off, albeit in a slightly more vivacious vein of melodic death metal than their previous releases. The beautifully cheery… Continue Reading →

Scapes – One:Unseen:One (Nihil Ultra)

I heard just one song, opening track ‘Caring Is Gone’, and I rather leapt at the chance of hearing more. A brand new band from Finland settling themselves nicely in that awkward-to-categorize genre often (and rather loosely) classified as Dark… Continue Reading →

Anarchos – Descent Into the Maelstrom (Vic)

Anarchos is a new band featuring, apparently, a number of Dutch underground metal stalwarts. (As names are not included with the promo material, it’s hard to say exactly who they are.) Anyhow, ‘Descent Into the Maelstrom’ is their debut release,… Continue Reading →

Human Debris – Wrought From Anguish (SR)

This German band’s previous release was a Gothenburg inspired opus of scintillating harmonies, nifty guitar work and a tapestry of vocal styles and this new effort sees that template being emboldened and intensified. Formulating their song writing to encompass all… Continue Reading →

Albums Of The Year 2013

  So it is done, another year and another round up about what has really made its mark with the music we love in 2013. This is everyone’s most difficult task of the year and it seems that this one… Continue Reading →

Solacide – Waves Of Hate (Gravity Entertainment)

Forming as Dim Moonlight back in 1996 and being active with that name until 2004 I guess these Finns decided nobody had seen the light (sorry) and changed their name to Solacide. Chances are you have missed both acts as… Continue Reading →

Grimfaith – Preacher Creature (Bad Mood Man Music)

Gothic doom metal is a relatively easy genre to write and perform but a very difficult one to master. Take Grimfaith for example and their latest full length ‘Preacher Creature’. Once you get past the intro track which screams (quite… Continue Reading →

Children Of Bodom – Halo Of Blood (Nuclear Blast)

It’s uncanny. There seems to be SO many people who when asked about Children Of Bodom admit to liking their first 3, maybe they might include “Hate Crew Deathroll” too, but just about everyone I speak to in the Metal… Continue Reading →

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