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Vin de Tria Mix – Palimpsests (Hypnotic Dirge)

We last heard from this strangely entitled Ukrainian lot when they dropped debut album ‘Once Hidden From Sight’ back in 2013. It didn’t go down remarkably well and so this one was approached with a certain amount of trepidation especially… Continue Reading →

My Silent Wake – Damnatio Memoriae (Minotauro Records)

A re-release? From a 2015 original arrival date? What gives? Actually, I have very little idea, but given that this is the first chance I’ve had to listen to the album, it’s all good for me as it goes. Actually,… Continue Reading →

Shibalba – Psychostasis – Death of Khat (Agonia Records)

Shibalba’s ambient and meditative dark trance is, in their words, intended to “guide the subconscious of the individual to dream beyond the skin of matter & to dream in ecstasy and exult”. Overtly inspired by the East, there are Tibetan… Continue Reading →

Morphinist – Terraforming (Sick Man Getting Sick Records)

This is the work of someone who unlike the name suggests is far from tranquilised! Argwohn aka Christopher Schwarz is the guy behind everything we hear on this project which has been active since 2013. In 3 short years he… Continue Reading →

Esoteric – The Pernicious Enigma (Aesthetic Death)

“Playing anything new tonight?” “Nope not yet!” That’s generally how it has gone the last few times I have seen Esoteric live and I can appreciate this. It might have been 2011 since last album ‘Paragon Of Dissonance’ dropped but… Continue Reading →

Doom Over London Part 2 – London Dome 26/3/16

Today things get really busy. Within ten minutes of doors opening a band is on at the Boston Arms Music room, the second they finish another starts upstairs at The Dome. This is the case all day with 4 groups… Continue Reading →

Tyranny – Aeons in Tectonic Interment (Dark Descent)

Is that low rumbling vocal the final warning of a doomed earth tearing itself apart? Or maybe it’s just Tyranny returned from a decade long recording hiatus to put the icing on the cake in what is fast turning out… Continue Reading →

Whelm – A Gaze Blank And Pitiless As The Sun (Aesthetic Death)

I think it’s fair to call Aesthetic Death a bit of a niche label and they are certainly one who go for quality over quantity as far as their releases are concerned. This time they have gone and unearthed a… Continue Reading →

Lychgate – An Antidote for the Glass Pill (Blood Music)

Now, who doesn’t appreciate a massive organ? Lychgate certainly do, as theirs takes centre stage for album number 2, ‘An Antidote for the Glass Pill’. While not wanting to sound dismissive and flippant, when a particular instrument plays such a… Continue Reading →

Ahab, Esoteric, Darkher – London Boston Arms 4/7/15

Although you might have thought everything today was about AC/DC especially on my train ride through Wembley, a couple of hundred people with much more eclectic music tastes descended upon Tufnell Park for a night of much more solemn music…. Continue Reading →

Oktor – Another Dimension Of Pain (Solitude)

Poland, musically a land of extremity, be it ‘Hate’ filled, church burning black death or absolute unforgiving grinding carnage. When it comes to doom and certainly that which is of the funeral orientated style it probably is not a country… Continue Reading →

Aphonic Threnody – When Death Comes (Doomentia)

Certain names seem to crop up throughout the year and I do wonder at times who the most prolific musician is that turns up in extreme music with the most regularity? Rogga Johannson is no slouch, Niklas Kvarforth likes guesting… Continue Reading →

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