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Anathema – The Optimist (KScope)

All hail optimism? Well in times of negativity it’s something that seems rare but do not despair entirely as although musically Anathema, as is well documented, are a long way from musical origins, narratively their lyrical themes are still to… Continue Reading →

Hryre – From Mortality to Infinity (Code666)

This atmospheric black metal album draws inspiration from nature and the English countryside, and specifically West Yorkshire whence Hryre come. I use the word “whence” because this is the kind of word that Hryre would use. There’s no plain Yorkshire… Continue Reading →

Arx Atrata – Spiritus In Terra (S/R)

Debut album Oblivion seemingly came from out of nowhere at the beginning of 2014 and pretty much blew me away. Looking back at the review I had little information to go on at the time as the band were not… Continue Reading →

Nhor – Momenta Quintae Essentiae (Prophecy)

I like everything about Nhor. I like the pagan-pastoral vision, the unhurried compositions that braid black metal together with gently sombre acoustic passages; I like the album covers and the increasingly elaborate products that accompany its releases (the latest comes… Continue Reading →

My Dying Bride – Feel The Misery (Peaceville)

We are a bit late to the party here and when I say party it’s not a happy one in the slightest; no jelly, ice cream, balloons and clowns here. The reason why for the delay is that we were… Continue Reading →

Forndom – Flykt (Nordvis)

“Imagine yourself by a campfire underneath the open sky, far away from the rattling of society. Nearby you notice a raven spreading its wings; croaking as it solemnly stares out across the surrounding landscape. As you turn you can hear… Continue Reading →

Anathema – Reissues (Music For Nations)

Having heard about the queuing horrors for Record Store Day the day before I wrote this, it had me thinking about the strategic moves that record labels are deploying to aid us in parting with our cash only for some… Continue Reading →

Tome Of The Unreplenished – Innerstanding (I, Voidhangar)

Formed in 2012 by Hermes (ex-Necrosadist), this Cypriot one-man black metal project has up to now released just one EP – 2013’s self-titled effort. Intended as more of an individual and explorative project than his past endeavours, the words of… Continue Reading →

Dynfari – Vegferð Tímans (Code 666)

‘‘Vegferð Tímans’ (‘Journey of Time’ in English) is the third full length album from this Icelandic atmospheric black metal duo, and a mighty release it is too. Yes folks, its atmospheric black metal time. Time to turn off the central… Continue Reading →

Warnungstraum – Mirror Waters (Nykta)

I kind of need consoling, after all it’s been a month since I last had any new Vardan material so I have been finding some solace in the black metal of a couple of other bands from his Italian countrymen…. Continue Reading →

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen (Metal Blade)

Let’s face it, a new Primordial album is always something of a special event these days – from the moment the band truly unfurled their songwriting wings on 1998’s ‘Journey’s End’ album, has there been another act in the extreme… Continue Reading →

Mare Cognitum – Phobos Monolith (Ivoidhanger)

Four hefty slabs are presented to us. Yet at first it seemed they’re not as monolithic as the title of this album from the man from Santa Ana might suggest. Progressive black metal is a description I read. The sound… Continue Reading →

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