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Black Oath – Behold the Abyss (High Roller Records)

When I saw the blurb for this in the pile at Ave Noctum towers, (a huge obsidian castle, forever shrouded in fog and under perpetual moonlight – just outside Tooting Bec), I knew that I had to give it a… Continue Reading →

Tony Tears – Demons Crawl At Your Side (Minotauro Records)

Since covering the extensive three and a half hour boxed set ‘Music From The Astral Worlds (2000-2014)’ I seem to have adopted Tony Tears for review duties as well as picking up Abysmal Grief, a project that he and fellow… Continue Reading →

Abysmal Grief – Blasphema Secta (Terror From Hell)

Italy has a very proud and revered history of both horror films and occultist themed doom and Abysmal Grief have been melding both together with spine chilling finesse since the late 90’s. It took me till last album ‘Strange Rites… Continue Reading →

Malvento – Pneuma (Third I Rex)

I should feel guilty for never coming across Malvento in their 20 odd years of existence but then again there are many “cult Italian” acts so shrouded in obscurity within the underground that there are no shortage of them to… Continue Reading →

Where The Sun Comes Down – Welcome (Minotauro)

It’s not often we get discs turn up with covers that appear to be drawn by children in felt tip pen and there’s something a little bit unsettling about it all. In fact this album by Where The Sun Comes… Continue Reading →

Blizaro – Cornucopia della Morte (I,Voidhanger)

“Cornucopia della Morte” finally sees the light of day having been put together in 2013 but kept on ice while its’ mastermind, John Gallo pursued solo interests. The wait has been well worth it too because Blizaro’s second full length… Continue Reading →

Abysmal Grief – Strange Rites Of Evil (Terror From Hell)

We are all used to our doom being a little on the slow side and that certainly proved to be the point with a package of three discs, including this one which took over a month to even arrive in… Continue Reading →

Funeral Marmoori – The Deer Woman (Minotauro)

When I pulled this disc out of its packaging I was instantly bewitched by its cover-art. The image attributed to Francesco Menicocci is really rather stunning in its grotesquery and just had me staring at it for ages. Reminding me… Continue Reading →

Thomas Hand Chaste Witchfield – Sabbatai Zevi (Black Widow)

Any album named after, and inspired by a 17th Century Rabbi who claimed to be the messiah and started the Jewish Sabbatean movement, Sabbatai Zevi see’s Death SS alumni Thomas Hand Chaste’s Witchfield offering up a holy feast of atmosphere laden… Continue Reading →

Tony Tears – Follow The Signs Of The Times (Minotauro)

Having not long ago traversed the bulk of Italian act Tony Tears past works in the form of compendium box set ‘Music From The Astral Worlds’ when this brand new album arrived I was naturally keen to find out what… Continue Reading →

Strange Here – II (Minotauro)

We like Strange so let’s see exactly what we have Here! Well this Italian duo have ties back to the countrie’s very rich and fertile doom origins with the brother of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Alexander Scardavian (Gilas) having been vocalist… Continue Reading →

Necromass – Calix, Utero, Babalon (Funeral Industries)

The Italians do like setting up strange shrouded musical cults. The likes of early Death SS, Opera IX and Mortuary Drape fit that bill well, playing stygian, witch-coven blackened metal summoned from the very bowels of hell exclusively. Here is… Continue Reading →

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