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Orodruin – Ruins of Eternity (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Well folks, it’s fair to say that in the world of heavy music, Great War veteran, Cambridge Professor, and revered author J.R.R. Tolkien is a fair old influence. Theme wise, any number of acts have been inspired by his writings,… Continue Reading →

Nocturnalia – III: Winter (The Sign)

I’d sort of given up on hearing anything new by Nocturnalia. This unique Swedish heavy/psyche band presented me with one of my favourite albums of 2015 – I knew nothing about them, took a punt on something I wouldn’t normally,… Continue Reading →

Ogre – Thrice As Strong (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Well bloody hell, time does march on. It has been a whole six years since Ogre last graced the world with ‘The Last Neanderthal’, that album and their prior two getting a re-release on Minotauro Records (see Ave Noctum passim)…. Continue Reading →

The Riven – S/T (The Sign Records)

As Metal and Hard Rock continues to evolve, with so many genres pushed and explored over so many years, stretching and expanding in that everlasting search for originality, sometimes I get a pleasant surprise when music totally rooted in the… Continue Reading →

Gatekeeper – Grey Maiden (Cruz Del Sur Music)

From their demo day’s Gatekeeper from Canada have been a touch special. They are one of those groups who may be labelled as a particular sub-genre of metal, but travel well between high standards of a fair few descriptions. In… Continue Reading →

Satan’s Satyrs – The Lucky Ones (Riding Easy Records/Bad Omen)

A certain amount of excitement develops whenever Satan’s Satyrs release some new work. The band remains active with a steady stream of LP’s, split releases and EP’s but “The Lucky Ones” does find them in a slightly different space with… Continue Reading →

Dunbarrow – II (Riding Easy Records)

Here’s a novelty, a band that isn’t from Sweden. Okay, they’re in the same general geographic area, calling Norway home, but unlike many from that fine nation they don’t don the corpse paint and scream, rather they ply their trade… Continue Reading →

Purple Hill Witch – Celestial Cemetery (Church Within)

Another review, and yet another band I’d never heard of, in this case Purple Hill Witch. Despite hailing from the wintery realms of Norway, they are not a new addition to that region’s pantheon of corpse paint wearing child frighteners,… Continue Reading →

Demon Eye – Prophecies and Lies (Soulseller Records)

Was it really a whole two years ago that I was sitting down at this very keyboard to review Demon Eye’s last rather good release ‘Tempora Infernalia’, I rhetorically ask? Yep, a quick check through the archives of my laptop… Continue Reading →

Saturn – Beyond Spectra (Rise Above)

It’s been a while since Saturn’s retro debut that aimed itself quite specifically Hard Rock/Fledgeling Metal from 1974-77. Three years to be precise, but I’m here to report that the band have widened their field just a little (71-78 perhaps…),… Continue Reading →

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell – Keep It Greasy! (Rise Above)

According to historical record Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell was a highly decorated 17th Century British naval officer, parliamentarian for Rochester, Commissioner of the Sewers with a duty to the upkeep of the banks of the River Thames, and following his… Continue Reading →

Nocturnalia – Above Below Within (Gaphals)

The scene is set a with sombre, classically flavoured piano intro, just over 2 minutes long, full of emotion and drama. Anything could be coming next, Black Metal? Pagan Metal? Post Rock? Symphonic Metal? Doom? Almost the last thing I… Continue Reading →

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