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Mourning Sign – Contra Mundum (Orchestrated Misery Recordings)

There was definitely something in the Swedish water during the early Nineties, when (and where) melodic progressive death metal sprung forth in quite a prolific manner, setting the scene for further bastardisations of metal as we know it. Whilst luminaries… Continue Reading →

The Nightflight Orchestra – Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough (Nuclear Blast)

Side projects are an interesting thing, especially when they are a chance for the musicians involved to explore different musical territories to the ones they are known for. Bjorn Strid is mainly known as the vocalist in Soliwork and Sharlee… Continue Reading →

Arch Enemy, Wintersun, Tribulation – Manchester Ritz 13/2/18

As I turned the corner on the approach to the Ritz, I was expecting to be greeted with a queue of monstrous proportions, given the talent on show in tonight’s billing, instead, the queue was average to say the least,… Continue Reading →

Bloodshot Dawn – Reanimation (Hostile Media)

It’s all change on the Bloodshot Dawn front. Since the release of their second album, 2014’s “Demons” lone founder member, guitarist / singer Josh McMorran has recruited Canadian shredder Morgan Reid, drummer James Stewart (also of Vader and Divine Chaos)… Continue Reading →

Witchery – I am Legion (Century Media)

Following on from last year’s (get ready for this…) “Bewitching” return in the form of “In His Infernal Majesty’s Service” – their first album in six years – comes “I am Legion”. Witchery are one of those bands who I… Continue Reading →

Arch Enemy – Will To Power (Century Media)

Another behemoth release from the current front runners in Swedish Melodeath. It’s the second release for these metal giants, with vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, and the first with new boy, ex nevermore legend, Jeff Loomis, on the strings. Arch Enemy launch… Continue Reading →

Unleash The Archers – Apex (Napalm)

Still resolutely having nothing to do with peach schnapps or BBC Radio 4, Canadian Metallers Unleash The Archers unleash (obviously…) their much anticipated fourth album. Ready to pound and plunder in equal measure, the band continue to straddle Metal territory… Continue Reading →

The Night Flight Orchestra – Amber Galactic (Nuclear Blast)

Although this is the band’s third album, I understand it’s their first for Nuclear Blast, so there may be plenty of people unaware of exactly who is in this project – so who the hell are they? OK, so you’ve… Continue Reading →

GraVil – No More Forgiveness (S/R)

I have vague recollections of this lot’s early demos passing through these parts for coverage on an earlier website around 2008-9. Even if not from the music the artwork and name certainly rang a bell but what was said and… Continue Reading →

Witchery – In His Majesty’s Infernal Service (Century Media)

I’m not going to lie, there are times when being a reviewer has all of the perks. I’m a huge Witchery fan, so when this clattered into my…erm…inbox, I was very excited! With the exception of the frankly mediocre “Witchkrieg”,… Continue Reading →

Nightmare – Dead Sun (AFM)

Some bands from “back in the day” have a habit of drawing on past glories, relying on their name and back catalogue to keep interest in the band alive. The NWOBHM era is a bugger for it to be honest,… Continue Reading →

Oracles – Miserycorde (Deadlight Entertainment)

A debut album from a new unheard of band? Well not exactly and if I tell you that this group have amidst their members a certain Sven de Caluwé I am sure a franc is dropping. It’s far from all… Continue Reading →

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