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Der Weg einer Freiheit – Finisterre (Season of Mist)

Der Weg einer Freiheit – Finisterre (Season of Mist)

I very much appreciated Der Weg einer Freiheit’s previous release “Stellar” (2015), which had atmospheric power, intensity and fluidity, so I had high hopes for this one, the band’s fourth album. “A human can never become an animal”, philosophises a lady in German to a.. Read More
Ars Magna Umbrae – Through Lunar Gateways (Hellthrasher)

Ars Magna Umbrae – Through Lunar Gateways (Hellthrasher)

Ready for a “manifestation of the Chthonic forces of Death and a sonic portal to the Nightside?” Well just as well as that is exactly what we have here courtesy of Ars Magna Umbrae from Poland, the work of D.A Khthōn. It would appear from.. Read More
Ljosazabojstwa – Sychodžańnie (Hellthrasher)

Ljosazabojstwa – Sychodžańnie (Hellthrasher)

We’re warned to prepare for a 32 minute descent to a bottomless pit. Having reviewed this Belarusian band’s 2016 demo “Staražytnaje licha”, I can believe that. Ominous gothic chimes set us on the evil path – nothing exceptional to be truthful – and then the.. Read More
Prezir – Contempt (S/R)

Prezir – Contempt (S/R)

Prezir – Serbian for Contempt are a three piece from Milwaukee Wisconsin who worship at the black altar of Early 90’s extremity. They cite Emperor, Enslaved, Grand Belials Key and Deicide amongst their influences and seek to show contempt for modern metal. Hmmmm. It would.. Read More
Poison Blood – S/T (Relapse Records)

Poison Blood – S/T (Relapse Records)

Technology is a wonderful thing.  Connecting people around the globe in moments. Gone are the days of “Penbangers” in Metal Forces – waiting for those C90 tapes to arrive from the other side of the world – or up the road. A golden time then.. Read More
Reverorum ib Malacht - Ter Agios Numini (The Ajna Offensive)

Reverorum ib Malacht – Ter Agios Numini (The Ajna Offensive)

This band from Sweden started out in 2005 with the intriguingly titled demo “What do You Think of the Old God, We Call Him Judas?”, since then a further two demos and three albums of black ambience including this one have been added. The album.. Read More
Mavradoxa – Lethean Lament  (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

Mavradoxa – Lethean Lament (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

‘Lethean Lament’ is the second album from New York-based atmospheric black metal duo Mavradoxa, and just like the excellent ‘Reclaim The Darkness’ album from Australian band King last year, it’s a massive slab of nature-obsessed majesty. Surprising and dynamic, Lux (drums, vocals) and Nival (guitars,.. Read More
Old Corpse Road, Stahlsarg, Mountains Crave - Leeds, The Fenton 30/7/17

Old Corpse Road, Stahlsarg, Mountains Crave – Leeds, The Fenton 30/7/17

This triple bill of black metal covered a wide spectrum within the genre that began with local act Mountains Crave who have made huge improvements musically since I last saw them converting their wealth of live experience into this accomplished show. The cramped stage at.. Read More
Tele s therion - Luzifers Abschied (Minotauro Records)

Tele s therion – Luzifers Abschied (Minotauro Records)

It has been a while since I last heard from the strange and sinister Tele s therion who are not in any way shape or form to be confused with the operatic, symphonic grandeur of their near namesakes. This is a collective of like-minded musicians.. Read More
Gravdal - Kadaverin (Soulseller Records)

Gravdal – Kadaverin (Soulseller Records)

Just the mention of Norwegian black metal sends shivers down the spine, and in many respects Gravdal’s third album has many of the classic aspects – withering, spiteful riffs, and a cold and lingeringly deathly air. The title track opens up proceeding and immediately sets.. Read More
Kassad – Faces Turn Away (Hypnotic Dirge)

Kassad – Faces Turn Away (Hypnotic Dirge)

At last some proper grown up black metal from the UK. No clown-shoes and corpse paint in evidence here and it’s a welcome relief as I seem to have been hearing too much of that sort of stuff lately. It’s like the old teenagers in.. Read More
Lęk – Shadows of Black Souls (Wolfspell)

Lęk – Shadows of Black Souls (Wolfspell)

While I had a soft spot for Lęk’s first release Sweven a few years ago (time flies, it was back in 2014) it didn’t achieve enough across its 40 minute span to raise itself clearly enough above the pack. This time round we’ve seen a.. Read More