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Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant (InsideOut)

I was hugely impressed by Caligula’s Horse last album “In Contact” (2017), and the way they stepped up to the plate and proved worthy of being the main headliners at ProgPower Europe in 2018. “Rise Radiant” is the Australian progressive… Continue Reading →

iiah – Terra (S/R)

Warning!  This reviewer is now leaving his comfort zone… It’s with great trepidation that I not only dip my toe into post-rock waters but also try to pronounce this band’s name.  Iiah (‘eye-aah’, I believe) hail from Adelaide, Australia, and… Continue Reading →

Cauldron Black Ram – Slaver (20 Buck Spin)

‘Slaver’ is the fourth album by this Australian trio from Adelaide, and while the first 3 appear to be very pirate orientated, and while this one isn’t as buccaneer based, it still retains the theme of atrocities men commit on… Continue Reading →

Aversions Crown – Hell Will Come For Us All (Nuclear Blast)

Sometimes I have to wonder why I do it to myself, review Deathcore that is. By no means do I hate the genre but I guess you could say I mostly dislike it. There are a few gems in there… Continue Reading →

Runespell / Forest Mysticism – Wandering Forlorn (Iron Bonehead)

Runespell and Forest Mysticism may conjure up a lot of different preconceptions about what’s coming down the speaker cables and out of the bass bins: mad dwarves digging for gold, elves dancing in woodland glades…. armies of darkness marching their… Continue Reading →

The Wizar’d – Subterranean Exile (Cruz Del Sur)

These Australian’s have certainly started to make a name from themselves. Their last release ‘Ancient Tome of Arcane Knowledge’ started some waves in the underground scene. However, to note, this new one ‘Subterranean Exile’ in indeed their fourth release of… Continue Reading →

Order of Orias – Ablaze (W.T.C. Productions)

My first encounter with Order of Orias was around the time of its split with Aosoth about five years ago – and what a collaboration that was. Splits and EPs often feel more liberating than full length releases, unbound as… Continue Reading →

Witchskull – A Driftwood Cross (Rise Above)

“The skies are dark. The atmosphere is thick with dread. The future looks bleak. Only pure, red-blooded heavy fucking metal can save us now.” That’s the beginning of the bio for Witchskull. And while it might seem a tad exaggerated,… Continue Reading →

Seims – 3 + 3.1 (Birds Robe Records)

The title gives the game away: Seims is a math synth rock band, indeed Australia’s premier math synth rock band we’re told. Does anyone out there know of any others? I can’t say that I do. Well, “3” is their… Continue Reading →

Wardaemonic – Acts Of Repentance (Transcending Obscurity)

Not being familiar with this lot from Australia other than knowing they have put out a few albums, I was kind of expecting some rabid bestial filth somehow. What I got however whilst no less aggressive was…more focussed. The album… Continue Reading →

Earth Rot – Black Tides of Obscurity (Season of Mist)

Earth Rot have been doing their black metal thing since 2013, since when they’ve released two eps and now three albums. Although they’ve never come into my life previously, it’s clear that they’ve put themselves about a bit, having toured… Continue Reading →

Tzun Tzu – The Forbidden City (Lavadome)

Gimmicks in Metal aren’t anything new, from the ridiculousness of the likes of Alestorm to the more intellectual Egyptian themes of Nile. Not to mention all the Lovercraftian and Occult themed artists, it’s pretty safe to say that gimmicks are… Continue Reading →

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