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Sylvaine & Unreqvited – Time Without End (Prophecy Productions)

On the one hand, this is an unlikely pairing, but on the other it makes perfect sense and I know this is a bold statement but I don’t recall a split release ever being this coherent or synergistic. ‘Time Without… Continue Reading →

Traps – The Fighter (Halfmeltedbrain Records)

For once the press info is spot on. This is promoted as “wild, whacky, proggy and crazy” and that it exactly what it is. The band photo of two disfigured faces pressed up against a car window nicely transmits the… Continue Reading →

Exmortus – Legions Of The Undead (M-Theory Audio)

Catching attention supporting Obituary on these shores in 2018 and with The Sound Of Steel resonating in our ears this Californian Melodeath, thrash act are having a bit of fun and letting their hair down with this stop-gap EP. This… Continue Reading →

Vomit Fist – Omnicide (S/R)

Grindcore, the joke that it’s funny to laugh at two second songs never seems to cease to get a reaction. Indeed, due to this and being a bit of a miserable bugger I often scoffed at the genre in the… Continue Reading →

Horrified – Sentinel (Testimony Records)

Although British, Horrified wasn’t a name known to me either through recordings or live appearance. I discovered that “Sentinel” is their second EP to go with three full albums in their seven years of existence. Complex riffage with a certain… Continue Reading →

Moanaa – Torches (S/R)

Polish sludge wouldn’t necessarily be something you would imagine yourself listening to, instead maybe something you’d pick up at your local corner shop and drink. But lazy cultural stereotypes aside, this is epic sounding (at least on paper) post metal/rock/sludge/doom…. Continue Reading →

Calendula – Hiveminds – De Brevitate Vitae (Retro Vox Records)

It’s often with trepidation when the esteemed lord of this manor, the cruel overseer of Ave Noctum’s darkest corridors and keeper of the beasts, suggests that this may be something that’s right up your alley sunshine. Not that he used… Continue Reading →

Beastlurker – Sanguine Elixir Of Psychtropic Divination (Godz Ov War)

Newish US band, two thirds of whom were in Narcotic and this is their firstborn. Black death is the world they inhabit. ‘Caustic Purgatorial Suspension’ has a slow, ominous beginning, all picked notes, martial drums and enveloping vocals/keys. It dies… Continue Reading →

The Old Dead Tree – The End (Season of Mist)

This is a really interesting release. I remember The Old Dead Tree in particular from their excellent 2003 work “The Nameless Disease”. They followed this up with two albums before splitting, resulting in the EP “The End” being their first… Continue Reading →

Prong – Age of Defiance (Steamhammer / SPV)

NYC crossover kings Prong have been ploughing their own furrow for well over three decades and show no signs of retiring to their pipe and slippers.  The merging of a Pantera-esque swagger with an industrial edge forged through their links… Continue Reading →

Ploughshare – Tellurian Insurgency (I, Voidhanger)

Not, in fact, a crap swinging site for those in the farming community, Ploughshare are a nasty black / death metal band from Australia and are back hot off the heels of their 2018 debut full-length “In Offal, Salvation”,  and… Continue Reading →

Bölzer – Lese Majesty (Lightning & Sons)

After keeping us waiting 8 years for their debut, ‘Hero’, it would appear Swiss duo, Bölzer, are in no hurry to provide a follow-up, opting instead for yet another EP with ‘Lese Majesty’. Having toured extensively, the majority of Bölzer’s… Continue Reading →

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