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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 →

Mesmur – S/T (Code666)

Funeral doom is the ultimate slow-burn and, as a result, always has the same impending potential as that drifting iceberg lying in wait for the Titanic. It can be a long wait in cold dark waters but when the crunch… Continue Reading →

Suffer Yourself – Inner Sanctum (Cimmerian Shade Recordings)

The first thing that struck about this album was the fact that I was actually holding it in my hands. Second was the quality of the digipack box containing it. I guess I’m just getting nostalgic for tactile music, but… Continue Reading →

Esoteric – Vinyl Reissues (Aesthetic Death)

The thing that I have always loved about Birmingham spawned UK act Esoteric is their distinct uniqueness and their skill at turning music into art-forms beyond the scope of what one would anticipate. The emotions and atmospheres that they craft… Continue Reading →

Interview – Grieving Age

At the tail end of last year a whopping great slab of funeral etched death doom from highly respected label Solitude Productions landed on me with a heavy thump. The band’s second album entitled ‘Merely the Fleshless We and the… Continue Reading →

Grieving Age – Merely The Fleshless We And The Awed Obsequy… (Solitude)

It’s always a great delight getting a pile of carefully wrapped discs over from Russian label Solitude Productions and their affiliated label Bad Mood Man. It’s a difficult task listening to them and thinking how much I like the sound… Continue Reading →

Aevangelist – Omen Ex Simulacra (Debemur Morti)

Something that has become increasingly apparent to me as I have aged is the importance of ‘form’ within the realms of extreme metal. By that I mean, the accolades that can be showered upon something almost of a direct result… Continue Reading →

Esoteric, Fen, Wodensthrone & Aphonic Threnody – London Garage 10/11/13

With a massive 200 words to write for this review and camera at home I found myself somewhat at a loose end thinking that there was going to be so much more to say about tonight’s show upstairs at the… Continue Reading →

Urna – Mors Principium Est (ATMF)

Wilfully one dimensional is how I’d describe a lot of funeral doom. Yes, there is potential genius in tracks that have a tendency to repeat themselves over and over for 10 minutes at a time, but also potential for lack… Continue Reading →

Station Dysthymia, ‘Overhead, Without Any Fuss, The Stars Were Going Out’, (Solitude)

Station Dysthymia are a funeral doom band from Siberia, and ‘Overhead, Without Any Fuss, The Stars Were Going Out’ is their second full-length. I thought at first in my literary ignorance that the album title was the product of some… Continue Reading →

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