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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 →

NortherN – Desolate Ways to Ultima Thule (Moribund Records)

In previous times, Northern went by the name ‘Cold Northern Vengeance’ and although I have a couple of their albums, they didn’t really hit my radar. However, I was interested to hear this new incarnation, especially with the press release… Continue Reading →

Ivar Bjornson & Einar Selvik – Hugsja (ByNorse Music)

This is the second collaboration between Enslaved and Wardruna luminaries Ivar Bjornson and Einar Selvik after the success of their Skuggsja work. If you enjoyed that album, then there’s no reason why this follow up shouldn’t snuggle up right next… Continue Reading →

Wiegedood – De doden hebben het goed III (Century Media)

If you have been keeping an eye on these oddly sounding named Belgians you will probably be expecting greatness from this the 3rd part of their trilogy of “the dead.” Yeah you could even compare to Night, Dawn and Day… Continue Reading →

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