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Blood Red Throne – Fit To Kill (Mighty Music)

I can honestly say that there isn’t a weak link in the evolution of Blood Red Throne since they materialised on the death metal scene about 20 years ago. Indeed the bands last release “Union Of Flesh And Machine” was… Continue Reading →

Midgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway 17/8/19

Day 3  Saturday I already knew that the weather forecast was going to be dodgy as a storm had passed over the region during the night (I slept through it I might add) and left its raging remnants for me… Continue Reading →

Midgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway 15/8/19

  Day 1 Thursday If you’re a regular reader of the site then you’ll know that this prestigious festival set within the Viking burial mounds of Borre National Park is as eclectic as it is addictive. This was the fifth… Continue Reading →

Helheim – Rignir (Dark Essence)

Are Norwegians like us in England, obsessed about the weather? Well from what I know they certainly get afflicted by all sorts of extremes far worse than we do here in that respect but no doubt shrug their shoulders and… Continue Reading →

L’Acéphale – S/T (Eisenwald)

A 74 minute album takes dedication not just to make but for the listener to consume as well. When you think about it is the equivalent of a 3 hour movie and a lot to take in. Musically you would… Continue Reading →

Laster – Het Wassen Oog (Prophecy)

Laster, who originate from Utrecht in the Netherlands, are an interesting band. Atmospheric black metal is probably the most mundane description of their music. It is said to have come with elements of avant-garde, post-and jazz rock, art pop and… Continue Reading →

Kaleikr – Heart of Lead (Debemur Morti)

Iceland is home to a number of remarkably good bands, and here’s another in Kaleikr. Formed in 2016, this debut album is labelled as “black metal for fans of Opeth and Enslaved”. It’s evident from the beginning that “Heart of… Continue Reading →

Non Serviam The Official Story Of Rotting Christ – Sakis Tolis & Dayal Patterson (Cult Never Dies)

If you are on this site and playing a word association game “Greece” will no doubt be swiftly followed by thoughts of Rotting Christ as much as package holidays. Without doubt, with over three decades of history behind the much… Continue Reading →

Stilla – Synviljor (Nordvis)

The etymology of the title being a rough translation from Swedish to “optical illusion”, this fourth album from Stilla is a suitably savage yet elaborate black metal affair. The contradiction of razor sharp guitar attacks complemented by warming keyboard tones… Continue Reading →

Orkan – Element (Dark Essence Records)

Norway’s Orkan wandered across my radar with their second album “Livlaus” in 2015, a vitriolic album that also encouraged me to watch them at the Inferno Festival in 2016 much to my delight. The bands third album sees them take… Continue Reading →

Madder Mortem – Marrow (Dark Essence)

20 years under their belt and one long gap between ‘Eight Ways’ and ‘Red In Tooth And Claw’, Madder Mortem are truly back and firing on all cylinders and have been down on their allotment cultivating a Marrow. It should… Continue Reading →

Cast The Stone – Empyrean Atrophy (Agonia Records)

I wasn’t familiar with Cast The Stone, prior to this EP flying into my slot. ”Crap name” I thought but a bit of research and a read of the promo blurb clobbered me with the knowledge that the band is… Continue Reading →

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