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Helrunar – Vanitas Vanitatvm (Prophecy)

We are not here to be amused or entertained by mere whimsy. No sir. So wipe that smirk off your face and pay attention because this is Helrunar – brooding and heavy as a pile of scrap metal falling from… Continue Reading →

Farsot / ColdWorld split – Toteninsel (Lupus Lounge)

This is a fascinating work. “Toteninsel” or “Island of the Dead” is the name of a painting by the Swiss Symbolist artist Arnold Böcklin. This album is based on the imagery of that painting. Farsot, who in their time have… Continue Reading →

Essenz – Manes Impetus (Amor Fati Productions)

Heavy and industrial …. it doesn’t have to be German but it is. Dirty rumblings and heinous growls get us under way on “Manes Impetus”, Essenz’s third album. Essenz are known for “bursts of transformation” in their music. What this… Continue Reading →

Grift – Arvet (Nordvis Produktion)

Swedish nature-gazer Erik Gärdefors is the person behind everything we hear in Grift. He has worked with others in bands such as Insult, Orcivus & Arfsynd but has gone it very much alone here following up debut album Syner and… Continue Reading →

Farsot – Fail-lure (Prophecy)

A prerequisite for me was to listen first to Farsot’s “Insects” (2011), which I would list as one of my favourite albums of all. Creeping, nightmarish and infectious, it really should be available on free prescription for those miserable souls… Continue Reading →

Solbrud – Jærtegn (Mighty)

Solbrud’s debut was an atmospheric black metal gem and lauded as a welcome boost to Denmark’s scene which has always lived in the shadow of its two closest Scandinavian neighbours. Clearly a nation with a happier disposition is all I… Continue Reading →

Infestus – The Reflective Void (Debemur Morti)

Infestus is basically a dirty and disease-ridden black metal project from Germany, with a current membership of one. If the track titles are anything to go by, “The Reflective Void” seems to be a thematic step away from previous albums,… Continue Reading →

Caïnan Dawn – Thavmial (Osmose)

Encountering Caïnan Dawn reminds me of the old ways. Obtain a record on the strength of a recommendation/ review/ nice cover. Get the bus home. Stick it on. Worry that it’s a bit shit. Feel a bit regretful because it… Continue Reading →

Hybrid – Angst (Deepsend)

The time will probably come when I begin to regard the experimental re-cycling and fusion of musical form as mundane, but it hasn’t happened yet. It was therefore encouraging to read that “Hybrid was born in 2004 with the intention… Continue Reading →

Blutmond – The Revolution Is Dead (Code 666)

Despite what I wrongly thought the Swiss have actually had their fair share of revolutions and had a short but humdinger of one in 1847 which led to the country becoming a federal state. Anyway before I start doing more… Continue Reading →

Eïs – Wetterkreuz (Lupus Lounge)

Raging winds and ocean waves have always been the staple sound effects of the pagan black metal band. But it can all begin to sound a little bit cheesy after so many years filling in the gaps between tracks that… Continue Reading →

Farsot Interview

  In 2011, Germany’s farsot. followed up their 2007 release “IIII” with “Insects”, a psychologically disturbing work of Black Metal. To find out about the band’s outlook and music, Andrew Doherty interviewed 10.XIXt, the vocalist. Ave Noctum: Hello there, and… Continue Reading →

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