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Creature – Ex Cathedra (I, Voidhanger)

There’s a pretty fine line between ‘trve’ and ‘false’ Black Metal, literally it takes but one thing to cross into the false category, and that is success. Ridiculous I know, and the older I get the more silly it becomes…. Continue Reading →

Lychgate – Also Sprach Futura (Debemur Morti)

Assuming this was an album and the follow up to 2018’s 3rd full length ‘The Contagion In Nine Steps’ I got a bit of a surprise on downloading it to discover it was actually a 4 track EP and shorter… Continue Reading →

Thy Catafalque – Naiv (Season of Mist)

Thy Catafalque’s subliminal cuts – all weighed down with a suitably metal edge, of course – seem to have been propelling from relative cult status to more something more widely revered over recent albums. From sweet harmonies that wouldn’t go… Continue Reading →

Pyogenesis – A Silent Soul Screams Loud (AFM)

Avant-Garde and German Metal trailblazers Pyogenesis return once more with stories inspired by the 19th century, finally bringing a curtain on the century which changed the world in so many ways. The journey initially began in 2015 with “A Century… Continue Reading →

Porta Nigra – Schöpfungswut (Soulseller)

Back in 2012 a dark delicious deutsche slab of musical decadence appeared in the form of debut album Fin de siècle from this German band. It also contained one of the catchiest songs of the year in the form of… Continue Reading →

Lotus Thief – Oresteia (Prophecy)

When dealing in Avant-garde and Progressive Metal it is of course important to be both of those terms and carve out your own niche therein. With their third release this highly talented American band do just that. Opening your album… Continue Reading →

Reveal! – Scissorgod (Sepulchral Voice)

My first experience with Sweden’s Reveal was putting their debut ‘Nocturne of Eyes and Teeth’ as my number one album of 2011. ‘Scissorgod’ represents their third release with a style now difficult to pin down. Black, death, thrash, even avant-garde,… Continue Reading →

Maïeutiste – Veritas (LADLO Productions)

Avant progressive black metal is the style. Literary and philosophic concepts are the themes purveyed by this French band. A high-pitched riff, pounding drums and harsh vocals provide an interesting mix. That’s before the epic chorus of the opening title… Continue Reading →

Deviate Damaen – In Sanctitate Benignitatis Non Miseretur (Masked Dead Records)

Right. I speak not a word of Italian. Or German. I know literally a handful of individual words of Latin. So of course I’m reviewing this. Despite that I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the… Continue Reading →

Deathspell Omega – The Furnaces Of Palingenesia (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

Despite the fact that I clearly love Death Metal I do have a great admiration for Extreme Metals more Satanic cousin Black Metal. In fact Darkthrone were very much responsible for getting me into what could be described as ‘Trve… Continue Reading →

Lice – Woe Betide You (Season Of Mist)

Black Metal has a way of worming its way into all manner of other subgenres, almost unlike any other Metal subgenre. I’ve seen Blackened Hardcore, Black Noise, Blackgaze Post-Black Metal the list is frankly endless. I think in part this… Continue Reading →

PoiL – Sus (Dur et Doux)

If you’re looking for normality, this is not the place to come. When I read that inspiration came from “Stockhausen Stimmung on a mushroom trip”, I knew it was game on. “Sus” is a lot of bizarre sounds, fundamentally. The… Continue Reading →

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