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Posts tagged "Australia"
Cemetery Urn – Barbaric Retribution (Hells Headbangers)

Cemetery Urn – Barbaric Retribution (Hells Headbangers)

I always shudder a bit when I see a band referred to as “bestial” ….. it makes me think of muddy production masking shitty playing, impenetrable vocals, cover art of a nun / angel / vicar being sodomised by a monster and song titles like.. Read More
Eskhaton - Omegalitheos (Lavadome)

Eskhaton – Omegalitheos (Lavadome)

Ah, ok. Well first this is a super bit of packaging; excellent cover art and real attention to the internal art/layout too which is a) always nice to see and b) a good sign of intent. If like me you were unaware, Eskhaton are and.. Read More
Witchskull - Coven’s Will (Rise Above)

Witchskull – Coven’s Will (Rise Above)

Australia’s Witchskull are still relative newcomers to the doom scene. Formed in 2014 and with one release to their name, 2016’s “The Vast Electric Dark”, the Canberra based outfit have scrounged the depths for the kind of riffs that make up sophomore release “Coven’s Will”... Read More
Runespell - Order of Vengeance (Iron Bonehead)

Runespell – Order of Vengeance (Iron Bonehead)

A long drawn out intro opens you up to the atmospheric black world of the one man machine that is Runespell. A guttural growl then gives permission to ‘Retribution In Iron’ to open up and showcase the musicianship of Nightwolf. The vocals and guitars work.. Read More
Depravity - Evil Upheaval (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Depravity – Evil Upheaval (Transcending Obscurity Records)

The promo blurb opens with “Death metal was meant to be an assault on the senses …” and this Australian quintet are certainly doing what they can to make sure their début album does exactly that. Granted there are moments of finesse that they can’t.. Read More
Unravel – Eras Of Forfeit (Testimony Records)

Unravel – Eras Of Forfeit (Testimony Records)

Very occasionally, and I mean very occasionally an album appears for review or just to listen to that makes you stop what you’re doing, even taking notes, and pay total and resolute attention. That is exactly what this Australian band has done with their debut.. Read More
Vomitor - Pestilent Death (Hell's Headbangers)

Vomitor – Pestilent Death (Hell’s Headbangers)

Ah, Vomitor, Aussies with all the natural subtlety and reserve of their countrymen removed. And of course we wouldn’t have it any other way. Pestilent Death is their fourth full length but it’s been around six years since The Escalation, which kinda shocked me when.. Read More
Atra Vetosus – Apricity (Immortal Frost)

Atra Vetosus – Apricity (Immortal Frost)

Calm tones turn to anguish and rage. This is Atra Vetosus from Australia. As the band played on majestically, it was if someone had set fire to the howling vocalist. Nature and paganism came to mind as I listened to the dark expanse of “Oceans.. Read More
Arkheth - 12 Winter Moons Comes The Witches Brew (Transcending Obscurity)

Arkheth – 12 Winter Moons Comes The Witches Brew (Transcending Obscurity)

Arkheth is not the most productive band in the world. Having released its debut album in 2003 and a successor in 2010, they took another eight years to come up with “12 Winter Moons Comes The Witches Brew”. The new album marks a new era.. Read More
Rise of Avernus - Eigengrau (Code666 Records)

Rise of Avernus – Eigengrau (Code666 Records)

I would never had said that Rise of Avernus were Australian from the titles of their previous album or EPs, however that fact certainly doesn’t detract the quality of the dark & broody musicianship coming from those sunny climes. The album opens with a rather.. Read More
Greytomb – Monumental Microcosm (Transcending Obscurity)

Greytomb – Monumental Microcosm (Transcending Obscurity)

This Australian band’s debut in 2016, “A Perpetual Descent”, plunged listeners into a quagmire of atmospheric murky blackened horror linking outright riffing malfeasance with dramatic soundscapes that surrounded the songs on multiple levels. Not much has changed generally as the band releases an EP of.. Read More
Ne Obliviscaris – Urn (Season of Mist)

Ne Obliviscaris – Urn (Season of Mist)

Ne Obliviscaris have returned with their 3rd full length release, and the Australian 5 piece have really surpassed themselves with this one. The bands name officially translates from Latin to ‘forget not’, and no one will surely forget them when they are releasing absolute behemoths.. Read More