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Carach Angren, Wolfheart, Thy Antichrist, Nevalra – Manchester Rebellion 3/7/19

The Rebellion had a few of us puzzled tonight, the doors were advertised as 18.00, and to their credit, the doors did open amidst the blazing July sun, however, Facebook, and confirmations from inside the venue, did advise that the… Continue Reading →

Inferno Festival Day Four – Oslo Rockefeller and John Dee 21/4/19

The final day of a festival is always bittersweet with a whole day of great bands left, but also knowing that when it is done, it is back to the grind of normal life. However, I was determined to enjoy… Continue Reading →

Zornheym – Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns (Non Serviam Records)

With members linked to Dark Funeral, Devian, Diabolical and Facebreaker, this band cannot be ignored. Zornheym from Sweden add to their black metal roots a string orchestra and their own chorus, called “Chorus Tenebris”. The result is a powerful symphonic… Continue Reading →

Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten (Season of Mist)

Like an extravagant dessert, Carach Angren are back. These men from The Netherlands are never backward in coming forward and presenting their theatrical, horror-laden, over the top version of black metal. Here we go again with “Dance and Laugh Amongst… Continue Reading →

Dødsengel – Interequinox (Debemur Morti)

Band name, album title, record label, it’s kind of like we are writing in some sort of arcane and long forgotten language. But it’s our language and those versed in Norwegian Black Metal and very good French record labels are… Continue Reading →

Akroma – Apocalypse [Requiem] (Fantai’zic Productions)

This is the fourth album from symphonic black metal band Akroma, who I confess I didn’t know about before hearing this. A name on the list, which did strike me, was that of Dirk Verbeuren, drummer with Soilwork and the… Continue Reading →

Critical Solution – Barbara the Witch (Crime Records)

This is a very interesting album for a number of reasons. “Barbara the Witch is the so-called Horror Thrashers’ third album. It is a theme album based on a true story from their Norwegian home town in the 1600s. The… Continue Reading →

Slagmaur – Thill Smitts Terror (Osmose)

I must say that the highly dramatic symphonic strains of the opener to this album immediately put one of my favourite bands Carach Angren into my mind. Given that Slagmaur are known for their outlandish outfits on stage and more… Continue Reading →

Panychida – Haereticalia: The Night Battles (Cursed Records)

Welcome to the latest “memorial service” from Czech Republic brigands Panychida. I remember their last campaign well, 2013 release ‘Grief Of An Idol’ proved to be an enthralling journey of pagan metal complete with themes of ancient death rituals and… Continue Reading →

Winterhorde – Maestro (ViciSolum Records)

This album from the splendid ViciSolum label, which looks after a number of my favourite bands including Persefone and Loch Vostok, has been my companion for the last week. I didn’t know previously about Winterhorde who are from Israel but… Continue Reading →

Darkend -The Canticle Of Shadows (Non Serviam Records)

I must admit this album caught my eye due to the guest vocalists this Italian band has managed to gather for their third album. One wouldn’t necessarily associate Italy with black metal generally but in Darkend we have a band… Continue Reading →

Porta Nigra – Kaiserschnitt (Debemur Morti)

I absolutely loved 2012 release ‘Fin de Siècle’ from this wacked out decedent German dark metal duo. It delivered the most compulsive and memorable song of the year in the form of ‘Meglomaniac’, one listen to it and you were… Continue Reading →

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