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Bethlehem – Lebe Dich Leer (Prophecy)

1991 The year of Bethlehem’s inception. Since then they have released a plethora of LP’s, splits and EPs. The style within those recordings has whipped between DSBM, Industrial, Black Metal and the outright weird. In 2016 the present incarnation with… Continue Reading →

Tor Marrock – The Concept Of Self (Black Vulture Records)

I think it is fair to say that I have been enjoying the dark, delicious delights of Welsh band Tor Marrock pretty much since inception. They have now delivered three albums and I have caught them at a few shows,… Continue Reading →

SepticFlesh – Codex Omega (Season of Mist)

The problem with reviewing a new SepticFlesh album is expectation and having to pick it apart. As in, I have to be objective and meticulous and point out what could’ve been done to make things better. For example, is the… Continue Reading →

Ecnephias – The Sad Wonder Of The Sun (My Kingdom Music)

‘The Sad Wonder Of The Sun’ is the sixth album by the this Italian quintet from Potenza and the second time I get to review them, first time being their self-titled release 2 years ago. Their dark wave inspired Gothic… Continue Reading →

Throes Of Dawn – Our Voices Shall Remain (Argonauta Records)

Ah Finland, nobody does Dark Metal quite like Finland. Nobody seems to cram in so much atmosphere, melancholy and lets face it, down-right despondency as the Fins manage. And I love them for it. Throes Of Despondency…sorry…Dawn like to supplement… Continue Reading →

Freitod – Der Unsichtbare Begleiter (Ván)

This is German dark metal band Freitod’s third album. I remembered the previous one “Regenjahre” (2012), which was compact and powerful yet for me lacked completeness. Listening to “Der Unsichtbare Begleiter” (The Invisible Companion), I find it impossible to get… Continue Reading →

Interview – The Vision Bleak

The Vision Bleak are unique, both musically and visually. They are an all encompassing experience that the band have been crafting and honing for many years. But it has now been over a decade since that Deathship and its crew… Continue Reading →

The Vision Bleak – The Unknown (Prophecy)

There’s no denying that when you are a fan of a band a press release bandying about phrases like “reinvention”, “new beginning” and “second birth” can be very worrying. Hideous thoughts of a Gothic Bon Jovi flash through your mind…. Continue Reading →

Evig Natt – S/T (S/R)

Well it seems like an ‘Eternal Night’ since we last heard from Norwegian band Evig Natt via their second album ‘Darkland’ back in 2010. Now they are back with self-released and self-titled album number three. Despite having a beauty and… Continue Reading →

Beseech – My Darkness, Darkness (Despotz)

Welcome Back Beseech! Beseech, for those who are unfamiliar with the band, they were Gothic Metal before it really became Gothic Metal. Before Evanescence flirted with the charts and Nightwish appealed to the masses there was a bunch of bands… Continue Reading →

Graveworm – Ascending Hate (AFM)

I used to have a very nice Graveworm t-shirt. It was purple colour with, if I remember rightly, a graveyard and a cross. The band has outlasted my t-shirt and has been pouring out gothically dark metal for 23 years,… Continue Reading →

Moonspell – Extinct (Napalm)

This Portuguese band started out under the name ‘Morbid God’ playing folky black metal but thankfully later changing their name to Moonspell and directing their music style towards a more atmospheric feel. Their first taste of recording was on a… Continue Reading →

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