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Helrunar – Vanitas Vanitatvm (Prophecy)

We are not here to be amused or entertained by mere whimsy. No sir. So wipe that smirk off your face and pay attention because this is Helrunar – brooding and heavy as a pile of scrap metal falling from… Continue Reading →

Eïs – Stillstand und Heimkehr (Prophecy)

Nothing quite hits the spot like a new Eïs release and this one comes just in time for the bleakest, coldest time of the year. Eïs has perfected windswept black metal with some very subtle hints of folk as well… Continue Reading →

Darkestrah – Turan (Osmose)

Hopefully Darkestrah should need no introduction by now to anyone who has a thing for bands combining eastern vibes with black metal. Luckily, though, Darkestrah is so much more than that. For the uninitiated – and at the risk of… Continue Reading →

Eïs – Bannstein (Lupus Lounge)

After some tumultuous changes which led up to 2012’s emotional and icy blast Wetterkreuz, things for Eïs seem to be settling down and providing the perfect backdrop for their latest album. A more permanent line-up has emerged and the name… Continue Reading →

Solbrud – Jærtegn (Mighty)

Solbrud’s debut was an atmospheric black metal gem and lauded as a welcome boost to Denmark’s scene which has always lived in the shadow of its two closest Scandinavian neighbours. Clearly a nation with a happier disposition is all I… Continue Reading →

Spectral Lore – III (I, Voidhanger)

I’m not sure if I’ve been paying more attention than normal over the past few months and burrowing into those dark corners to find new and interesting stuff, but 2014 is slowly but surely turning out to be one hell… Continue Reading →

Harakiri For The Sky – Aokigahara (Art Of Propaganda)

I have been to this place before courtesy of Frozen Ocean. The suicide forest or sea of trees in Japan is a place where many tread their final path to shuffle off this mortal coil. Ghostly, macabre, steeped in legend… Continue Reading →

Interview – Fäulnis

Having just delivered third album Snuff || Hiroshima on Cold Dimensions German act Faulnis as ever posed a musical conundrum that got my imagination flowing and intrigued as to where exactly it was coming from. With a melting pot of… Continue Reading →

Nhor – Within The Darkness Between The Starlight (Prophecy)

Nhor has arrived just in time. Summer is on the wane and there are some long, dark nights ahead of us on this Sceptred Isle. There will be few better accompaniments to the bleak midwinter than this. Within The Darkness…… Continue Reading →

Geist – Der Ungeist (Total Rust)

How is this for synchronicity? Just a little time ago we reviewed the new and bloody excellent album Wetterkreuz by German band Eis and also ran an interview with them. The band had previously been called Geist (mind, spirit, ghost… Continue Reading →

Interview – Eis

After three years of significant change Eïs has emerged from the destructive oceanic forces of legal threats, a change of name and the departure of several members last year. Judging by the latest album Wetterkreuz the band has emerged stronger… Continue Reading →

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