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Coltsblood - Ascending Into Shimmering Darkness (Candlelight)

Coltsblood – Ascending Into Shimmering Darkness (Candlelight)

There is clearly something afoot in the Coltsblood camp, just from looking at the cover of this long awaited follow up to 2014’s Into The Unfathomable Abyss. That debut was a remarkable tomb of blackened sludge and Celtic Frost dragged backwards through a tarpit by.. Read More
Mourning Dawn – Waste (Aesthetic Death)

Mourning Dawn – Waste (Aesthetic Death)

Last Easter Sunday involved a rare opportunity to see French band Mourning Dawn live at Doom Over London. This one and here I sit writing about their new EP. Pure coincidence that this is, I can’t help getting slightly spooked thinking something may have aligned.. Read More
Necrowretch – Satanic Slavery (Season Of Mist)

Necrowretch – Satanic Slavery (Season Of Mist)

This French bands first two albums have been on my playlist regularly over the last few years as we now get a third album that sees the band strengthen their song writing into eight songs of blistering power and consummate sonic devastation. Coupled to that.. Read More
Pyriphlegethon – The Murky Black of Eternal Night (Iron Bonehead)

Pyriphlegethon – The Murky Black of Eternal Night (Iron Bonehead)

Maurice “Mories” de Jong is a name well known within modern black metal circles – he is infamous for his ability to conjure spine chilling atmospheres using dense layers of eerie instrumentals for maximum effect. Gnaw Their Tongues, De Magia Veterum, Cloak of Altering and.. Read More
Örth – Nocturno Inferno (Satanic Art Media)

Örth – Nocturno Inferno (Satanic Art Media)

1996 was a vintage year for black metal releases. Heaven Shall Burn.., Antichrist, Stormblast, Filosofem, Nemesis Divina, Aspera Hiems Symfonia. I could go on just as easily as I could fill in the band names to go with these classics but you know them well.. Read More
Venereal Baptism – Deviant Castigation Liturgy (Osmose)

Venereal Baptism – Deviant Castigation Liturgy (Osmose)

Maybe it’s because I’m an out of touch grumpy forty-five year old but I was prepared to be utterly underwhelmed by this, the debut release from Texans Venereal Baptism. Firstly…. They’re called “Venereal Baptism” and secondly they have a band member named “Fermentor”. What does.. Read More
Obitus – Slaves Of The Vast Machine (Hypnotic Dirge)

Obitus – Slaves Of The Vast Machine (Hypnotic Dirge)

In formative years all we heard was radio gaga, short songs designed for unchallenging airplay. Of course there was classical music and opera which lasted for several centuries but that was for fossils not for young kids with whole lives ahead of them. Naturally as.. Read More
Azarath – In Extremis (Agonia Records)

Azarath – In Extremis (Agonia Records)

Polish extreme metallers Azarath have been around for nearly 20 years and during that time the band has released five full lengths but it is six years since “Blasphemers’ Maledictions” which had a clinical yet assailing set of songs that were firmly entrenched in the.. Read More
Netra - Ingrats (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

Netra – Ingrats (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

One of the most innovative albums I have ever heard was Netra’s “Sørbyen” (2012), a bleak and atmospheric album with the unusual and effective inclusion of trip-hop. The urban street feel of that album features on the artwork of this one. “Ingrats” is an oddball.. Read More
Sibiir – S/T (Fysisk Format)

Sibiir – S/T (Fysisk Format)

This relatively new outfit from Norway released a venomous EP in 2015 by the title of “Swallow & Trap Them” melding black metal vitriol with post hardcore nihilism as the band releases a debut full length that appeared during the latter half of last year.. Read More
Asira - Efference (S/R)

Asira – Efference (S/R)

By the time I’d got to the second track of this album, I could see why this album was touted as being for fans of Anathema, Ulver, Opeth and Alcest. This is achieved by the abrupt changeover between the first and second track “Crucible of.. Read More