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Assatur – Where Chaos Reigned (Great Dane Records)

French label Great Dane Records have come to notice a few times in the last couple of years and have done a decent job in getting some underground death metal bands some exposure and, true to form, they’ve done it… Continue Reading →

Drudkh – A Few Lines in Archaic Ukrainian (Season of Mist)

Let’s be clear from the outset, this is not a “new” Drudkh album,  rather it is a compendium of Ukrainian black metal poetry pieces which have previously been released across three split EPs. As such, the material will probably be… Continue Reading →

Ysengrin – Réincrudation (I, Voidhanger)

It’s pretty sad to say that I never got to live through the sort of ‘golden age of Metal’ if you will. In fact I didn’t even get to live through the underground tape trading days of the 80’s, you… Continue Reading →

Nocturnal Breed – The Whiskey Tapes Germany (Folter Records)

This here is one of those releases that the band describe as ‘for the fans’, the die hard fans describe as ‘rare and unreleased’ and the rest of us describe as an ‘odds n sods’ collection. As such it’s pretty… Continue Reading →

Sepulchral – Back from the Dead (Great Dane Records)

This is a compilation of material from a French death metal band that started in 1989 and released a couple of demos and a spilt release. This compilation brings together everything except their first demo. Of the 10 tracks in… Continue Reading →

Sanctuary – Inception (Century Media)

Not a new album – quite the opposite! This is actually how it all started, this is how the band sounded before they were signed, before Dave Mustaine’s mentor-ship, before…to put it into a musical time context, these tracks were… Continue Reading →

Soilwork – Death Resonance (Nuclear Blast)

This is a very interesting oddity. I thought I owned everything by Soilwork but I hadn’t taken account of the extra tracks, which were added to the Japanese release of “Stabbing the Drama” (2005), “Sworn to a Great Divide” (2007),… Continue Reading →

University of Brutality – Worldwide Compilation (Kings Of Decay)

Those of you who are fans of the Brutal Death Metal, Slam, Deathcore and Beatdown sub genres are about to pig squeal in delight, as the sick and twisted minds behind Kings of Decay, Slam Crew World Wide and Brutal… Continue Reading →

Various Artists – Metal Massacre 14 (Metal Blade)

If you listened to metal in the 80’s, the metal massacre compilation releases were an essential source of new bands and material coming from various corners of the world, many becoming household names. Metal Blade’s first release in 1982 was… Continue Reading →

Dark Managarm – 2005/2015 A Decade of Terroreign (Mortis Humanae Productions)

One no doubt unintended outcome of this work is that if you show photos of people in corpse-paint over a ten year period, there’s no ageing process. So before I started to listen to this French band’s historical collection, I… Continue Reading →

The Damned – Fiendish Shadows & Punk Oddities And rare Tracks (Westworld)

Oh look…it’s your old mates The Damned, back with something…erm…old! Wot?…well you weren’t expecting a new record were ya? Instead, Westworld Recordings have dusted down and re-released the live album ‘Fiendish Shadows’ and the compilation album ‘Punk Oddities And Rare… Continue Reading →

Winterfylleth – The Fathers of Albion An Anthology 2007-2013 (Candlelight)

While focusing on career retrospectives for likes of Darkthrone and Emperor, it’s easy to forget that there are newer bands, closer to home, building up their own respectable discography right under our noses. Candlelight black metal stalwarts, Winterfylleth, have rapidly… Continue Reading →

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