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Skogen – Skuggorna kallar (Nordvis)

The shadow is calling once more and I have encountered this brand of Nordic Darkness before and having used up translation clichés I best get down to things. It’s been four years since last album ‘I döden’ and this is… Continue Reading →

Vindorn – Perdition (Sol Records)

Vindorn has set out to make its mark in an oversubscribed part of the black metal scene by carving out a unique sound all of its own. Not an easy prospect when you consider that malign and grim true black… Continue Reading →

Spite – Antimoshiach (Invictus)

No mosh, no core, no trends but fun, yes there is a fair bit of fun here, whether intentional or not. Spite continues a run I have been having of late with one man acts and this one hails from… Continue Reading →

Narbeleth – Indomitvs (Folter Records)

When I saw that I had been given a Cuban black metal release for review, I immediately had a mental image of a corpse painted dude chilling out in the sun by a pool with a large cigar……Geographical stereotypes aside,… Continue Reading →

Arckanum – Den förstfödde (Folter Records)

Normally an Arckanum release would be met with a bit of a fanfare but this, his 9th studio album seems to have slipped in with a somewhat muted fashion. Not only that but the press release here states that “the… Continue Reading →

Svartsyn – In Death (Agonia)

Hailing from Sweden, yet sounding as if they have been delivered straight from the bowels of hell, this duo is ready to unleash another instalment of satanic verses onto this unsuspecting world, with such a tirade that it sounds like… Continue Reading →

Svärta – Sepultus (A Sad Sadness Song)

The promise is of a land of contrasts – black and white, with no mid tempo. The promise is delivered over the course of this intensely dark production from Swedish band Svärta. Long cavernous screams and raw-sounding drum work signal… Continue Reading →

Lęk– Sweven: Through The Mysterious Lands (Wolfspell)

For their first full-length, Polish black metallers Lęk bring forth a malevolently melodic blast with Swedish occult sensibilities. Just because these guys are from Poland shouldn’t take away from the fact that this is intense riffing which salutes the finest… Continue Reading →

Svartsyn – Black Testament (Agonia)

I own a crusty old black metal split cd from 2004 featuring Svartsyn and Arckanum. It’s a particular favourite of mine. I can’t remember where I got it – some underground hell or from a cardboard box of goodies examined… Continue Reading →

Ildjarn + Nidhogg – Norse / Svartfråd (Eisenwald)

If you like your black metal to be pure as pure can be, in all its lo-fi glory then Ildjarn and his vocal companion Nidhogg should be a project that you have explored in your formative years. Formed back in… Continue Reading →

Frozen Ocean – Trollvinter (SR)

Although I write this on April 1st it is no joke and it is not the work of a fool either. With bands as varied as Finntroll to Trollfest and of course Arckanum it is a shame that none have… Continue Reading →

Geist – Der Ungeist (Total Rust)

How is this for synchronicity? Just a little time ago we reviewed the new and bloody excellent album Wetterkreuz by German band Eis and also ran an interview with them. The band had previously been called Geist (mind, spirit, ghost… Continue Reading →

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