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Crematory – Oblivion (SPV)

I’ve doubtless gone on record as saying how much I liked Crematory’s “Revolution” album (2004) and how everything since has been a worthy offshoot of that, but I say it again as I now consider the merits of “Oblivion”, the… Continue Reading →

Gothminister – The Other Side (AFM)

The term “gothic” seems to have a particular meaning in Germany. My experience of rummaging around record stores there is that everything, including Opeth, counts as gothic. From the self-explanatory “Gothic Electronic Anthems” (2003) onwards, Gothminister have been pumping out… Continue Reading →

Obscurity – Streitmacht (Trollzorn)

Of the numerous bands called Obscurity, this is the one from Germany. I suppose the album’s Germanic title is a giveaway on that score. The offer is Battle Metal comprising black, death and Viking elements. It all points to war…. Continue Reading →

Craving – By the Storm (Apostasy Records)

I first heard Craving from Germany earlier this year on Sex to 9 with Maria on TotalRock and promptly got At Dawn their 2013 album. Craving mix up Power metal, Folk Metal and Melodic Death/ Black Metal to create a… Continue Reading →

Metalfest Open Air – Lochotin Cirque, Pilsen, Czech Republic 3rd-5th June 2016

Day Two As we were walking into the amphitheatre it was clear that this was going to be a swelteringly hot day, and with some gems on the line up it promised to be a good day. Opening things were… Continue Reading →

Crematory – Monument (SPV)

It’s always a real treat when a Crematory album comes out, and there have been plenty of them over their 25 year journey. “Monument” is their twelfth, and while I have a great affection for “Revolution” (2004) in particular, I… Continue Reading →

Gloomball – The Quiet Monster (SPV)

Gloomball are a 5-piece alternative metal band hailing from Mannheim, Germany. Formed in 2010 and releasing their debut album “The Distance” in 2013, the band impressed many across Europe with their song writing. Now in 2015, the band are back… Continue Reading →

Ecnephias – S/T (My Kingdom Music)

While this may be the fifth album by this Italian outfit, this is my first encounter with them and I’m surprised by how much they sound like a South African band I knew comprised primarily of Italians. Mancan has the… Continue Reading →

Gravastar – Genetic Genesis (S/R)

Futuristic New Wave Of Swedish Death Metal on this debut album from Greek band Gravastar is what we are promised here. There are definite industrial tones and spacey feelings straight off as this sets in and prepares to drag us… Continue Reading →

Crucifyre – Black Magic Fire (Pulverised)

This is an interesting one – having a brief scan of the CVs of the members of this outfit reveals a host of interesting (and disparate) names: Afflicted, Nasum, Maze of Torment, Crematory, Kaamos and a fair few others. Having… Continue Reading →

Star Insight – Messera (Inverse)

Finnish bands often do melody very well, and this debut album from Star Insight, who have been around since 2005, is no exception. As this driving force of an album got going, I quickly realised that “Messera” is an amalgam… Continue Reading →

Etta Zero – The Last of All Sunsets (Dr Music)

“I will touch the sky, spread my wings” is a lyric from this album’s title track which sums up where this band come from, musically speaking. Slightly clichéd but uplifting, Etta Zero’s songs are pop-orientated in structure, but with strong… Continue Reading →

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