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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 →

Ondfodt – Dodsrikets Kallelse (Immortal Frost Productions)

Ondfodt are back, four years after unleashing their uncompromising ‘Hexkonst’ on the world, and they are well and truly cementing their position within the ranks of the Finnish black metal elite. ‘Dodsrikets kallelse’ opens up with an intro that demonstrates… Continue Reading →

Swallow the Sun – Lumina Aurea EP + When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light album (Century Media)

Swallow the Sun’s previous album release “Songs from the North” (2015) was a triple album which captured different atmospheres and shades, cementing the Finnish band’s fine reputation. Based on that one, “When A Shadow is Forced Into The Light” as… Continue Reading →

Festerday – Iihtallan (Season Of Mist)

The world is full of bands who never see the light of day and equally full of bands who never get around to releasing a full length album. Some of these bands lay forgotten forever more, others become woven into… Continue Reading →

Mansion – First Death Of The Lutheran (I Hate)

Seems an age since I reviewed anything on I Hate, so this was a nice change. Maybe I’ve been shying away from doom recently as it becomes a never ending morass of stagnating seventies retreads. Or maybe I’ve been too… Continue Reading →

Trees – S/T (Svart)

Judging from the video to the song Out In The Open by the Finish band Trees, the world in still OK in Savonlinna, Finland. You see the band playing their folk rock, immersed in golden, autumnal light, in a house… Continue Reading →

Corpsessed – Impetus Of Death (Dark Descent)

After a debut the prospect of writing more material can seem daunting, was the first album a fluke? Can the band top it? And so forth. However there is also a grip of excitement, of pastures new and paths untrodden…. Continue Reading →

Trollheims Grot – Aligned With The True Death (W.T.C. Productions)

15 years between albums is a long time in anyone’s book but Trollheims Grot were not a band I had forgotten in all those years as I fondly remembered covering their excellent last release Bloodsoaked And Ill Fated way back… Continue Reading →

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