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Istapp – The Insidious Star (Trollzorn)

The biography makes much of this being this Swedish outfits fourth album, when in fact it’s only their third; so-called debut “Köldens Union” was in fact a collection of demos and live recordings. With the metadata missing from half of… Continue Reading →

Skogen – Skuggorna kallar (Nordvis)

The shadow is calling once more and I have encountered this brand of Nordic Darkness before and having used up translation clichés I best get down to things. It’s been four years since last album ‘I döden’ and this is… Continue Reading →

Bhleg – Solarmegin (Nordvis)

It’s a daunting prospect – an album that’s 98 minutes long and basically about how great the sun is. I worried it would be like watching endless re-runs of “Wish You Were Here” with Judith Chalmers being gradually baked in… Continue Reading →

Vinsta – Wiads (Trollmusic)

I confess that I know very little (please wait for me to finish my sentence before agreeing…) about Vinsta. It appears to be pretty much a solo project by multi-instrumentalist Christian Höll and Vinsta’s facebook page has some really great… Continue Reading →

Leprous – Malina (Inside Out Music)

Watching Leprous is a highly visual experience – sharp movements, strong colours a heavily orchestrated, almost military in delivery. The music has always been at the original end of the progressive metal spectrum, and has become more knife-sharp in line… Continue Reading →

Sons Of Crom – The Black Tower (Nordvis)

Sons of Crom, hailing out of Finland are a duo whose sound centres pretty much around ‘epic’ heavy metal. With one full length already behind them, “The Black Tower” marks their next recording and it’s certainly an imposing one, especially… Continue Reading →

Vintersorg – Till fjälls, del II (Napalm Records)

Vintersorg seems incapable of standing still. I’m not saying he’s got ADHD or Restless Leg Syndrome or something, I mean his band is always looking to explore new avenues and ideas. The Borknagar vocalist has always used his eponymously titled… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Albums Of The Year 2016

Whatever way you look at it 2016 has hardly been a bundle of laughs. It’s been a year full of fear, loathing and paranoia with a healthy side dish of total chaos running through it. The political climate became stupefying… Continue Reading →

Diabolical – Umbra (ViciSolum)

Swedish progressive death metallers Diabolical have returned after a three year gap since their last LP ‘Neogenesis’ with this four track EP ‘Umbra’. Now I’m not overly familiar with Diabolical’s material and I do tend to like my death metal… Continue Reading →

Drudkh / Hades Almighty – One Who Talks With the Fog / Pyre Era, Black! ( Season Of Mist/ Dark Essence)

An interesting coming together of two acts that are rapidly approaching legendary status within black metal circles, albeit for somewhat different reasons. Drudkh are the enigmatic Ukrainian outfit who never play live, never carry out interviews and have since seen… Continue Reading →

Mistur – In Memorium (Dark Essence)

I sadly didn’t hear the debut by Sognametal band Mistur. I say sadly because as noted by the live review of their recent appearance at Inferno this collection of past and present members of Vreid, Windir, Kampfar, Cor Scorpii and… Continue Reading →

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