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Abattoir / Satori – Megaloschemos (Gradual Hate Records)

This arrived, I listened one evening and had nightmares. The next morning I got up, played it again and had daymares! Yep this is scary stuff. Megaloschemos is the ‘great scheme’ of two gents, one Dave Kirby of Satori from… Continue Reading →

Midnight Odyssey – Silhouettes Of Stars (I Voidhanger)

I missed the 2015 Shards Of Silver Fate album by Midnight Odyssey, the cosmic/ambient black metal project that Australian auteur Dis Pater chooses to express himself through; a situation I am going to have to correct. You see just before… Continue Reading →

Grift – Syner (Nordvis)

Another Nordvis signing crossing my path, another name new to me. Grift are the vision of Swedish maestro Erik Gärdefors, his now solitary journey into the melancholic regions of blackened and doomed metal. Apparently inspired by the poets and artists… Continue Reading →

Narrow House – Thanathonaut (BadMoodMan)

A couple of years ago I came across this Ukrainian lot via their debut, A Key To Panngrieb and was suitably impressed by its promise. Funeral doom, orchestrated sound but a heavy Skepticism debt. So when this dropped in I… Continue Reading →

Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestite (Artemisia)

As fans we have a deep but usually distant relationship with the bands we love. We care and we hope and we revel in their art and the emotions they stir inside us. But on occasions, in some respects, we… Continue Reading →

Vampillia – Some Nightmares Take You Aurora Rainbow Darkness (Candlelight)

Staring at the list of albums to review, I rolled my eyes, sighed and muttered “Oh I don’t know, just give me the weirdshit if no one else wants it… ” So here we are, me and Japanese noise nutters… Continue Reading →

Goatcraft – The Blasphemer (I, Voidhanger)

I was not just surprised by Goatcraft’s 2013 debut album All For Naught, but also rather taken with its idiosyncratic approach of sole member and US based Lonegoat obsessively hammering away at his piano with little other accompaniment. This approach… Continue Reading →

Sombres Forets – La Mort Du Soleil (Sepulchral Productions)

It’s a sign of how impressed I am with the Quebecois metal noir scene that anything that Sepulchral Productions sends my way causes my hopes to rise. Even if I have never heard of the band, this is the case…. Continue Reading →

Odradek Room – Bardo Relative Reality (Hypnotic Dirge)

I guess with the band being named after a Kafka story and an album title like that, it was a fair signpost that there would be introspection and an urge to go the progressive route by these Ukrainian musicians. Would… Continue Reading →

Canaan – Of Prisoners, Wandering Souls and Cruel Fears (Eibon Records)

Not knowing much about this Italian group, from the description I was expecting some descent into utter Hell carved out by the collective sickness of something akin to Khanate meets the Axis of Perdition. Er… No. This is an altogether… Continue Reading →

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