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Ephemeral – VII (S/R)

Ephemeral is a three-piece Melodic Death Metal project based out of Thessaloniki in the northern reaches of Greece. With its main core composing of E2 (vocals/guitar/bass/orchestration), Angel (keyboards/orchestration) and Kostas Matis (drums), the trio have created a tight melodic death… Continue Reading →

Naglfar – Cerecloth (Century Media)

Classic Swedish melodic black metal here from a band who should really need no introduction. Naglfar burst into being with debut album Vittra in 1995. Around this time, I and no doubt many others were discovering the likes of fellow… Continue Reading →

Across The Shade – Hope (S/R)

Polish Melodic Death Metal quartet Across The Shade come at us with a simple named offering for their debut full-length release. “Hope” is an 8 track, sub-40 minute Melodic Death Metal attack which you could easily mistake for being something… Continue Reading →

Mitochondrial Sun – S/T (Argonauta)

Niklas Sundin is one of the most prominent names in the Swedish Melodic Death Metal scene. A forefather and pioneer of the genre, most noted for being a member of the widely recognised and highly acclaimed Dark Tranquillity, he has… Continue Reading →

In Mourning – Garden Of Storms (Agonia Records)

I first stumbled across In Mourning back in 2010 when they released their second full length album ‘Monolith’. The intensity within the melodic death metal sections when combined with the subtle gothic undercurrents from their initial sounds and the slightly… Continue Reading →

Feradur – Legion (S/R)

One doesn’t often hear tales of the Luxembourg metal scene, so pull up a sandbag and I’ll spin you a yarn. Formed in 2010, Feradur released debut album “Epimetheus” in 2015 before ditching their vocalist and recruiting their producer on… Continue Reading →

Novarupta – Disillusioned Fire (Suicide Records)

An interesting fact that I picked up while checking out the background to this album was that Novarupta’s instigator contributed to Terra Tenebrosa’s excellent album “The Reverses”. As some people decide to take up running or learn a language for… Continue Reading →

Nightrage – Wolf To Man (Despotz)

Musical trends come and go, listening tastes develop over time and whilst someone may have not been able to get enough of the melodic death metal, Swedish shred of bands such as Arch Enemy and At The Gates in the… Continue Reading →

Thormesis – The Sixth (MDD Records)

Thormesis were founded in 2006 and their latest album ‘The Sixth’ is appropriately titled as it is indeed their sixth opus. ‘The Sixth’ opens with ‘Sonnen’ which has mesmerising guitar hangs and then it kicks into a technical and clean… Continue Reading →

Mourning Sign – Contra Mundum (Orchestrated Misery Recordings)

There was definitely something in the Swedish water during the early Nineties, when (and where) melodic progressive death metal sprung forth in quite a prolific manner, setting the scene for further bastardisations of metal as we know it. Whilst luminaries… Continue Reading →

Amorphis – Queen Of Time (Nuclear Blast)

It’s been three years since last studio album ‘Under The Red Cloud’ stormily hit in 2015 making my album of the year in the process and I was quick to call dibs on this keen to hear whether it would… Continue Reading →

Melted Space – Darkening Light (Sensory)

Like Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Christofer Johnsson, French maestro Pierre Le Pape surrounds himself with a cast of many and goes down the symphonic rock opera route with various singers from both the sort of bands that you might well… Continue Reading →

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