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Helevorn – Aamamata (BadMoodMan Music)

It’s been 5 years since the release of ‘Compassion Forlorn’ and the sextet from Palma de Mallorca are dedicating ‘Aamamata’ to the sea and how it surrounds them. The cover art by Gonzalo Aeneas depicts Sibyl, an Ancient Greek prophetess,… Continue Reading →

Lisa Cuthbert – Hextapes (Iron Bonehead)

This album arrived and immediately induced a sense of slight shame that I didn’t know the name Lisa Cuthbert, as she has worked with an extraordinarily wide range of bands from Marillion through The Sisters Of Mercy to Draconian and… Continue Reading →

Unothera – Broken (Requiem) (S/R)

Everything points to gloom and despair. Fourteen minutes isn’t a long time to wallow in it, but even in that short period this trio get their message across with a mix of enduring melancholy, doom, and dark lyrics. “The Sum… Continue Reading →

Mammoth Storm – Fornjot (Napalm)

Yet again, I am left shaking my head in simple amazement; how the hell does Sweden keep on pumping out so many bands of such ability? As much as I love the UK doom scene, in terms of crushing riffs… Continue Reading →

Doomed – Wrath Monolith (Solitude)

Continuing Pierre Laube’s distorted vision of doom infested death metal is his fourth release and still possesses that despairing atmosphere of utter dread. Thematically the album is similar to the last one with the cover art being a nightmarish scene… Continue Reading →

Orphans of Dusk – Revenant (SR)

Looking for reasons to be cheerful this January? Then you’re very probably reading the wrong website. You might want to try typing ‘funny cats’ into You Tube instead. But if that prospect fills you with hatred for mankind then maybe… Continue Reading →

Doom:VS – Earthless (Solitude Productions)

Johan Ericson likes to keep himself busy, so when he is not doing his day job playing guitar for Draconian he has a number of other ways of keeping his creative side occupied. Alongside mixing and producing duties and session… Continue Reading →

Edenian – Rise Of The Nephilim (BadMoodMan)

Speaking with my British Metal Musician and Fan’s hat on (available from all good retailers kids…), it’s slightly irksome that the UK has given little to the Metal World of major influence since the early 80’s. It’s OK, it’s fine,… Continue Reading →

Rise of Avernus – L’Appel Du Vide (Code 666)

Australia may not be the first place you think of when you go looking for metal, but it seems to be the case that it’s quality over quantity where they are concerned. Take Rise of Avernus for example. These Sydney… Continue Reading →

When Nothing Remains – Thy Dark Serenity (Solitude)

Johan Ericsson has what I would describe as a touch of Peter Tägtgren syndrome, in so much as he is a complete workaholic. Not satisfied with being guitarist for gothic doom heavyweights Draconian, he is also the driving force at… Continue Reading →

Grimfaith – Preacher Creature (Bad Mood Man Music)

Gothic doom metal is a relatively easy genre to write and perform but a very difficult one to master. Take Grimfaith for example and their latest full length ‘Preacher Creature’. Once you get past the intro track which screams (quite… Continue Reading →

Aut Mori – Первая Cлеза Oсени (Bad Mood Man Music)

The beauty and the beast style of gothic doom is not an easy sound to master. Popularised by the likes of Draconian and Theatre of Tragedy (until that dingbat decided he wanted to be a robot), the key is the… Continue Reading →

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