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The Negative Bias – Narcissus Rising (ATMF)

I admire all attempts to evolve black metal – but appreciate that sometimes, the harder you try, the more unblack metal it’s gunna sound. That’s just the way it is. So, for example, there’s a big difference experimenting within the… Continue Reading →

Aeon Winds – Stormveiled (Avantgarde Music)

Being one who is partial to symphonic black metal and in particular Limbonic Art and Emperor with whose style this Slovakian band has been compared, this album was of great interest before I’d even heard a note. This is Aeon… Continue Reading →

Written In Torment – Maledictus Dies Illa (S/R)

So here I am again, part three of what has turned out to be a trilogy of reviews for Yorkshire UKBM. One way or another Blood Countess, Sathamel and now this one man project of mastermind Leviathan have strong links… Continue Reading →

Crom Dubh – Firebrands and Ashes (Van Records)

Named after a mythological Irish figure whose name translates as “dark crooked one”, this London based quartet turned heads with their folky melodies on debut “Heimweh” back in 2015. Crom Dubh have further evolved their sound on this sophomore full-length. The seven tracks… Continue Reading →

Vargrav – Reign In Supreme Darkness (Werewolf Records)

As we move ever closer to the summer months I find my adoration for Black Metal and Blackened music dwindling. Essentially I am like a Metal tortoise, in the sun I flourish with the brighter more energetic tones of Death,… Continue Reading →

Lords Of Chaos – Jonas Åkerlund (Arrow Films)

It’s always interesting when a film is announced or still in pre-production and everyone is up in arms about it. I guess the most common time is when it is a remake and people who treasure the original hate the… Continue Reading →

Blodhemn – Mot Ein Evig Ruin (Soulseller Records)

Mr Invisus has been competently plugging away at this game since 2004, with full length releases in 2012 and 2014, and though it’s been five years since the sophomore album, we are reminded very quickly that quality trumps quantity. The… Continue Reading →

Thron – Abysmal (Listenable Records)

Ah, the mid-to-late nineties. When Dissection were the daddies of melodic black metal, Cradle Of Filth hadn’t yet gone through that short but awkward novelty phase, Emperor were recording classic albums instead of cashing in on them with phoned-in reunions,… Continue Reading →

Ihsahn – Àmr (Candlelight)

Solo careers, are they a good idea or are they merely a massive flop? Personally I think they can go either way, but generally they rarely live up to the solo artists prior or more revered achievements. An example of… Continue Reading →

Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 2, Oslo Norway 30/3/18

I was greeted by clear blue skies on Friday so took the opportunity to take in Oslo’s waterfront and let the hangover clear. The day quickly passed and I soon found myself in the photopit at Rockefeller waiting for Swedish… Continue Reading →

Wallachia – Monumental Heresy (Debemur Morti)

Accessibility in the more extreme regions of Metal can sometimes be a problem, its no good thrusting a Vlad Tepes album in the face of a Black Metal newbie for example. The more raw or even technical elements of certain… Continue Reading →

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