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Vltimas – Something Wicked Marches In (Season Of Mist)

Supergroups are a funny thing, I always feel like they go either one of two ways. Either they are a positive collaboration of talented individuals or they are a somewhat manufactured ensemble thrust unwillingly upon the world. I think this… Continue Reading →

Anaal Nathrakh – A New Kind Of Horror (Metal Blade)

Hang on to your hats and bolt everything down, there’s a new hurricane about to hit and forget girly names this one’s called Nathrakh. There’s something entirely honest about Anaal Nathrakh, you pretty much know exactly where you stand when… Continue Reading →

Napalm Death – Coded Smears and Other Uncommon Slurs (Century Media)

Look, let’s not waste anyone’s time here: you all know who Napalm Death are, and if – by any chance you don’t, well, then there’s frankly no hope for you by now. To say Napalm Death are an institution is… Continue Reading →

Interview – Voices

It’s absolutely no secret that Voices second album London, a concept to our Capital city has completely blown me away. Mixing so much emotion, atmosphere and extremity into its cinematic hour long playing time it’s a real feast and a… Continue Reading →

Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum (Metal Blade)

8 albums in and their first release for Metal Blade. Anyone expecting a diluting of Nathrakh’s  ‘pandemonic hyper-blast’ music is gonna be disappointed. Despite slowly evolving beyond the raw black metal of 2001’s  ‘The Codex Necro’ Anaal Nathrakh have hardly… Continue Reading →

Stormlord – Hesperia (Trollzorn)

I used to play Stormlord’s 2004 album “The Gorgon Cult” a lot. For me it rode a little on the back of Dimmu Borgir’s symphonic black metal style but instead of having the ultra dark and satanic edge, this was… Continue Reading →

Deconstructing Sequence – Year One (SR)

Deconstructing Sequence are a new band formed from the dissolution of black metal crew Northwail. Hailing from blighty (Taunton to be precise, but via Poland originally I believe), this three man project  have a very unique sound about them, marrying… Continue Reading →

Atrocity – Okkult (Napalm)

You’ve got to admire Atrocity for being totally un-taggable! You can’t pigeon-hole Atrocity…usually because the band themselves don’t really know what particular genre their next album will be! They’ve given us albums in the style of Death/Industrial/Gothic/Technical Death/Folk/Dark…you get the… Continue Reading →

Hypocrisy – End of Disclosure (Nuclear Blast Records)

I was a relative latecomer to the world of Hypocrisy, only discovering them on their 1996 breakthrough album ‘Abducted’ where upon I was sucked in by the huge melodies, married with frantic rhythms and topped off with some of the… Continue Reading →

The Amenta – Flesh is Heir (Listenable Records)

Having missed these Australian extremists playing with Obituary a few months back, I felt compelled to right that wrong by getting to grips with their new album. ‘Flesh is Heir’ is their third full-length in the space of nine years… Continue Reading →

Nine Covens – On the Dawning of Light (Candlelight)

The best way to approach Nine Covens is to accept from the opening few bars that this is not the band we have all guessed the lead singer comes from . It may sound a lot like them but despite… Continue Reading →

De Profundis – The Emptiness Within (Kolony Records)

Amongst the usual stuff I think about, recently there has been the question as to what we actually mean by extreme metal. I wonder because it seems to have been reduced to “has been known to use ‘death’ vocals.” In… Continue Reading →

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