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Lashblood - Unbeing (Aesthetic Death)

Lashblood – Unbeing (Aesthetic Death)

I’m always wary whenever I see term “avant-garde” applied to a band. This is the case with Russia’s Lashblood. It doesn’t take long on this follow-up to the band’s debut album “Philosophy of Self-Flagellation: Being and Nothing” (2012). A withering riff with a vocalist whose.. Read More
Todesstoß - Ebne Graun (I, Voidhanger)

Todesstoß – Ebne Graun (I, Voidhanger)

I have it on good authority that Todesstoß’s previous album “Hirngemeer” was deeply dark and disturbing. This single track follow-up from musician, poet and painter Martin Lang promises something “more hallucinatory and mysterious”. We are transported to a gloomy and deadly cavern. The sound of.. Read More
Code – Lost Signal (Agonia Records)

Code – Lost Signal (Agonia Records)

This six track EP comprises three re-worked pieces from the 2015 album “Mut” and one from each of the Londoners’ first three albums. What’s noticeable about the first track “On Blinding Larks” is its lingering nature. It hangs in the air along the lines of.. Read More
Ashenspire - Speak Not Of The Laudanum Quandary (Code666)

Ashenspire – Speak Not Of The Laudanum Quandary (Code666)

As a first review for 2017, I hope this is not a portent of the year itself and its intentions for me because this debut by Glasgow’s Ashenspire is a most awkward thing to review. Most awkward. As a debut you expect influences to be.. Read More
Stench Price - S/T (Transcending Obscurity)

Stench Price – S/T (Transcending Obscurity)

Avant-Garde Grind-Death…. Those are words I never imagined to see describing the sound of a band, but Stench Price have now brought that into the realms of reality. A truly international super-group of sorts, based out of Siberia for where this project’s brain child hails.. Read More
Hail Spirit Noir – Mayhem In Blue (Dark Essence Records)

Hail Spirit Noir – Mayhem In Blue (Dark Essence Records)

I was first introduced to this Greek band via their second album titled “Oi Magoi” and was struck immediately by their uniqueness and their completely off the wall style. So, buckle up as we head down the proverbial rabbit hole to a sonic landscape that.. Read More
Madder Mortem – Red In Tooth And Claw (Dark Essence)

Madder Mortem – Red In Tooth And Claw (Dark Essence)

Now this is a very welcome return! Although Madder Mortem never actually split up they have definitely been on what can only be described as serious hiatus. It was 2009-2010 when we last heard from them with album ‘Eight Ways’ and follow up EP ‘Where.. Read More
MoE – Examination of the Eye of a Horse (Conrad Sound/Wallace Records)

MoE – Examination of the Eye of a Horse (Conrad Sound/Wallace Records)

For those not familiar with MoE, they are a noise rock trio hailing from Oslo, Norway. Inspired by noise and no-wave music, bassist/vocalist Guro Skumsnes Moe formed MoE in 2008. Over the years that followed, the band released three albums, acquiring a strong a presence.. Read More
ówt krì – Pilgrimage (Erototox Decodings)

ówt krì – Pilgrimage (Erototox Decodings)

I have two confessions to make before I outline my thoughts on this latest work of avant-garde dark ambient soundscapes from ówt krì. The first is that I know its creator Kenneth, who as well as being a seriously imaginative, talent musician and master of.. Read More
Thy Catafalque - Meta (Season of Mist)

Thy Catafalque – Meta (Season of Mist)

After blowing my microbial brain through a nuclear-powered orgasmatron with last year’s full-length Sgùrr, I was slightly surprised Thy Catafalque had any creative juice left in the tank. Not only was Sgùrr one of the best albums I heard last year, it was one of.. Read More
In The Woods - Pure (Debemur Morti Productions)

In The Woods – Pure (Debemur Morti Productions)

The reformation of Norwegian avant-garde and progressive metallers In The Woods in 2014 was highly anticipated as the band released some of the most challenging and wholly satisfying albums in the 90s operating on the fringes of the Norwegian black metal scene. During that fertile.. Read More
VIII - Decathexis (Third I Rex)

VIII – Decathexis (Third I Rex)

So obscure is the artwork and sleeve of this album that unless I’d been told in advance, I would have struggled to work out that this is the second album by VIII from Sardinia. The listening experience is entirely different, as VIII take us on.. Read More