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P.H.O.B.O.S -  Phlogiston Catharsis (Transcending Obscurity)

P.H.O.B.O.S – Phlogiston Catharsis (Transcending Obscurity)

My only previous encounter with French industrial death/doom outfit P.H.O.B.O.S was their Triunity split with Blut Aus Nord a few years back, which should at least give you an idea about the kind of headfuck you’re going to encounter here. Well maybe. ‘Biomorphorror’ gives you.. Read More
Iskald - Innhøstinga (Indie Recordings)

Iskald – Innhøstinga (Indie Recordings)

One of the things which reviewers are expected to do is attach genre labels to bands, and while it can be useful to give a vague idea of what a band might sounds like, it can be a minefield and all too often ridiculous tags.. Read More
Profezia – Dodekaprofeton (Moribund Records)

Profezia – Dodekaprofeton (Moribund Records)

If Italian Avant Garde is how you like your black metal then you are in for a treat, as the overlords of the Italian occult rock world, Profezia, are back with their long awaited, and highly anticipated 3rd album ‘Dodekaprofeton’. The soul of this opus.. Read More
Draghkar-The Endless Howling Abyss (Craneo Negro Records )

Draghkar-The Endless Howling Abyss (Craneo Negro Records )

Earlier in the year I found myself plummeting the depths of the aggressive, ultra kvlt genre of War Metal. A pestilent reign of battering Death and Black Metal crossover that sounds like the two genres fighting to the death with rusty buckled chainsaws. What could.. Read More
Dauþuz - Des Zwerges Fluch (Naturmacht)

Dauþuz – Des Zwerges Fluch (Naturmacht)

Their name is death and theirs is a cold and very claustrophobic one as apparently the two shadowy entities behind Dauþuz, Aragonyth and Syderyth dwell deep under the ground. Conceptually the music here explores the subterranean mines hidden beneath the German countryside pre the 19th.. Read More
Heruka – Deception’s End (Vacula / Narcoleptica Prod)

Heruka – Deception’s End (Vacula / Narcoleptica Prod)

Ok, so oniric black metal from Italy then. Yes a strange descriptor and getting beneath the surface conceptually things are even denser as this band started out delving into the Sicilian town of Erice and going back to its interesting medieval history with the aim.. Read More
Archemoron – Year of the Harvester (Southern Prayer)

Archemoron – Year of the Harvester (Southern Prayer)

Archemoron issued forth a cracking album in 2015 with Sulphur and Fire – both nuanced and powerful, like all the best Greek black metal. It turned a few heads and, even though I’d argue that it should have received more recognition than it did, at.. Read More
Morketida - Panphage Mysticism (Werewolf Records)

Morketida – Panphage Mysticism (Werewolf Records)

Finnish black metal has been living in the shadow of its more illustrious Norwegian counterparts for many years, but make no mistake about it, the Finnish scene is thriving and has spawned some of the nastiest black metal on offer including Archgoat, Azaghal, Satanic Warmaster,.. Read More
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
Essenz – Manes Impetus (Amor Fati Productions)

Essenz – Manes Impetus (Amor Fati Productions)

Heavy and industrial …. it doesn’t have to be German but it is. Dirty rumblings and heinous growls get us under way on “Manes Impetus”, Essenz’s third album. Essenz are known for “bursts of transformation” in their music. What this means that in amongst the.. Read More
Vardan – Unholy Lightless Summer (Moribund)

Vardan – Unholy Lightless Summer (Moribund)

And here we have Vardan back yet again and doing things somewhat differently. This is an album of him being jolly and seasonal covering favourite songs for this time of year. We have interpretations of Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime,’ The Lovin Spoonful’s ‘Summer In.. Read More
Ghostbound – All is Phantom (ATMF)

Ghostbound – All is Phantom (ATMF)

Originally conceived as a solo project by Brooklyn-based musician/actor (actor?) Alec Head to deliver themes of loss, grief and isolation via the medium of atmospheric black metal, Ghostbound has since expanded into a ‘full’ band and now presents the world with their debut full-length ‘All.. Read More