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Triptykon with the Metropole Orkest – Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019) Century Media

30 years in the making and the hugely anticipated ‘Requiem’ is unleashed. ‘Requiem’ was started by the legendary Celtic Frost and finalised into the package that sits before us today by the new generation of Tom G Warrior and his… Continue Reading →

Medico Peste – The Black Bile (Season of Mist)

This particular piece of black bile comes from Poland courtesy of Medico Peste, who have trading their brand of so-called schizophrenic black metal since 2010. This is not black metal of a vanilla nature, as people say nowadays. It’s grey… Continue Reading →

Dark Fortress – Spectres From The Old World (Century Media)

No band does fear, misanthropy or creepy, agonising death better than Dark Fortress. If you don’t believe me, check out any of their albums but in particular “Séance” (2006), in my view one of the greatest black metal albums of… Continue Reading →

Gurthang – Ascension (Immortal Frost)

Starting off as a one-man project playing blackened funeral doom Polish act Gurthang have come a long way since their inception back in 2010. 6 Albums on and now playing as a quintet, apparently they threw off the shackles of… Continue Reading →

Mord A Stigmata – Dreams of Quiet Places (Pagan)

I very much liked Mord A Stigmata’s last offering “Hope”. This was black metal of the most sinister kind. Now comes the Polish band’s fifth album. Following the spine-chilling Burzumesque ambience of the opening section, harsh and deliberate black metal… Continue Reading →

Essenz – Manes Impetus (Amor Fati Productions)

Heavy and industrial …. it doesn’t have to be German but it is. Dirty rumblings and heinous growls get us under way on “Manes Impetus”, Essenz’s third album. Essenz are known for “bursts of transformation” in their music. What this… Continue Reading →

Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy (Season of Mist)

It was clear from the outset that this was not going to be a boring listen. Certain expectations go with the epithet Progressive Death Metal, I suppose, and even on the opening track of this, Alkaloid’s second album, we had… Continue Reading →

Asphagor – The Cleansing (Black Sunset / MDD Records)

The Golden Age of black metal is upon us. There’s been a flood of quality releases coming in recently and now Asphagor is unleashing its third album, called “The Cleansing”. Announced by the record label as “one of the most… Continue Reading →

Nigredo – Flesh Torn, Spirit Pierced (Transcending Obscurity)

No-one could ever say that Greece isn’t good for black metal as well as history and holidays, amongst other things. Nigredo, as you will gather, fit this bill, and are now following up their 2015 EP “Facets of Death” with… Continue Reading →

Chaos Invocation – Reaping Season, Bloodshed Beyond (WTC Productions)

This is the German black metal band’s third full album release. “Sinuous and serpentine black metal” is what we’re told to expect. Violence and rawness are what struck me about this work. I liked the old school style, which is… Continue Reading →

Devlsy – Private Suite (ATMF)

Deep, reverberating sounds of a post black metal kind and a vocalist who sounds like he’s on his last legs … this is Devlsy from a sinister and depressive sounding place. As I got into “Corridors”, the first track of… Continue Reading →

Ajattara – Lupaus (Svart)

“Finnish black metal band records album in sunny Spain”, could be the headline. Well, something made them angry. Ajatarra start out by tearing at our throats like hungry lions. Unsurprisingly, I sensed a touch of Moonsorrow but really “Saatanen Sinetti”… Continue Reading →

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