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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 →

In Vain – Currents (Indie Recordings)

Anything with Jens Bogren in charge of production means high quality and high output. This is the man responsible, amongst others, for works by Opeth, Devin Townsend, Dimmu Borgir and In Vain. This is In Vain’s fourth album release. Sure… Continue Reading →

NonserviaM – Archetype Obscure (Slaughterhouse Records)

Having witnessed at close hand a small part of the Malaysian metal scene recently, it was plain to see that bands and compositions over there are collaborative efforts rather than being the sole inspiration of one dominant individual. One of… Continue Reading →

A Flourishing Scourge – S/T (Begotten Records)

Eight “dynamic and ferocious” songs are promised on this debut from Seattle-based extreme progressive metallers A Flourishing Scourge. I’d agree there’s a degree of ferocity and extremity, and progressiveness in the way that breathless passages are taken in different directions…. Continue Reading →

In Flames – Battles (Nuclear Blast)

20 years ago, In Flames released ‘The Jester Race’, a highly significant and hugely influential album on what became referred to as ‘The Gothenburg’ sound, a styling of melodic death metal made notable by In Flames, along with Dark Tranquillity… Continue Reading →

Dark Tranquillity – Atoma (Century Media)

Atoma is a Belgium brand of stationary, it’s also the name of Dark Tranquillity’s 11th album. At least one of these facts is important! What the concept behind the title is exactly I have been unable to divulge so far… Continue Reading →

Athorn – Necropolis (Dr. Music Records)

Originality is often scarce in metal these days as most topics have been covered in one shape or another via various genre platforms. Conceptually raking the undead subgenre via a different premise of impending annihilation with subsequent effects after a… Continue Reading →

Suidakra – Realms Of Odoric (AFM)

Hailing from Düsseldorf in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, Suidakra have been plying their trade now for over two decades. Originally ‘Gloryfication’ and delivering a hybrid of thrash and death metal, the four piece changed direction, embracing a more… Continue Reading →

The Foreshadowing – Seven Heads Ten Horns (Cyclone Empire)

“Melancholic Gothic Doom Metal”. Never a description to warm the old cockles is it? In itself it’s a genre that can contain many variables…OK, it’s a fair guess it will be sparse on the optimistic/joyous/fun/hopeful side of things (sounds like… Continue Reading →

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