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Forgjord – Ilmestykset (Werewolf Records)

Forgjord have been around since the mid 90’s, lurking in the Finnish Black Metal underground . In true BM fashion their output has hardly been prolific – Ilmestykset being their fourth long player. However what they lack in volume of… Continue Reading →

Waste of Space Orchestra – Syntheosis (Svart Records)

Originally commissioned as a one off performance for Roadburn festival, Waste of Space Orchestra comprises the entirety of the 10 musicians that make up both Oranssi Pazuzu and Dark Buddha Rising. On paper, this shouldn’t work – there are too… Continue Reading →

Cardinals Folly / Lucifer’s Fall – Split (Cruz Del Sur Music)

I’ve followed Finnish occult doom metallers Cardinals Folly since the release of their debut album “Such Power Is Dangerous!” in 2011 but they really struck a chord with the release of 2013’s “Strange Conflicts Of The Past” which was a… Continue Reading →

Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings (Nuclear Blast Records)

I love Battle Beast, their albums, live shows, attitude and all round approach to writing catchy heavy metal songs but I definitely struggled to engage with this fifth album. There is absolutely nothing wrong or weird about the album, every… Continue Reading →

God Disease – Drifting Towards Inevitable Death (F.D.A. Records)

Finnish death act God Disease are gruesomely heavy, their brand of death metal is laced with doom corruption as each sprawling behemoth track has suffocating and dense oppressiveness. Added to that you get inhuman vocals, a pulverising drum display that… Continue Reading →

Iron Griffin – Curse of the Sky (Gates of Hell)

Iron Griffin is a project by Mausoleum Gate multi-instrumentalist Oskari Räsänen, the previous self-titled EP was reviewed here a couple of years ago. Iron Griffin are very much what is termed proto-metal, using a less distorted sound and pulling in… Continue Reading →

Children Of Bodom – Hexed (Nuclear Blast)

It’s been 3 years since the release of ‘I Worship Chaos’, the first CoB album I heard, and admit to still being remiss about going back to listen to their first 8 albums. But then it doesn’t appear that they… Continue Reading →

Hexvessel – All Tree (Century Media / Prophecy)

Surely the album title should actually be ‘All Hug A Tree’ but I guess that would have been a bit too obvious even if it is the sort of practice Finnish forest folk Hexvessel do on a daily basis. Not… Continue Reading →

Refusal – Epitome Of Void (Great Dane Records)

Out of all the Scandinavian death metal scenes Finland has always seemed to have the most violent, the vilest and most repugnant bands to ever come out, and whilst I am new to this Finnish act (they’ve been around since… Continue Reading →

Beast In Black – From Hell With Love (Nuclear Blast Records)

For those that need some back history to this Finnish band, it was formed by Anton Kabanen when he left Battle Beast in 2015 and on the back of that brought in a raft of talent that resulted in the… Continue Reading →

Asphodelus – Stygian Dreams (Terror From Hell)

Doom Metal, arguably the oldest of all the Metal genres. If you look back even before Black Sabbath there is a wide range of Proto-Metal bands in the vein of Blue Cheer and Vanilla Fudge touching upon the beginnings of… Continue Reading →

ówt krì – Arra (NCTMMRN)

You can’t keep a good man down. It doesn’t seem five minutes since I was listening to “Ximenes”, ówt krì’s void-laden, spiritual, haunting soundscapes. Now there’s this one, “Arra”, a four track, 43 minute album from the deep thinker from… Continue Reading →

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