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Serpent Warning – Pagan Fire (Topillo Records)

Their debut was an emerging doom statement, this follow up is “doom-laden Serpentine groove” as stated in the PR material. The immediate improvement from their debut is the vocal delivery of Jimi Lehtijoki, he reminds me very much of Christian… Continue Reading →

Aegrus – In Manus Satanas (Saturnal Records)

A vision of Satanic devotion and a mockery against Christianity is a vision that, over the years, has grown deeper and more holistic with its misanthropic outlook about Satan and Lucifer. These Finns return and proudly present their highly anticipated… Continue Reading →

Insomnium – Heart Like a Grave (Century Media)

Even though Insomnium have been around for 22 years, have released 8 albums and I have watched them several times live, this is the first album of theirs that I’ve listened to in full. And I can quite happily say… Continue Reading →

Vorna – Sateet Palata Saavat (Lifeforce Records)

My experience of Finnish outfit Vorna has been limited to one release in 2013, “Ajastaika”, which I reviewed here back in 2013 and was mightily impressed. For some reason the bands second album passed me by but I will definitely… Continue Reading →

Druadan Forest – Dismal Spells From The Dragonrealm (Werewolf)

So labelling this ‘dungeon synth’, according to the PR, is ‘revisionist ‘ and sells short the man’s work. Well only is you think dungeon synth is something to be sneered at, and I most certainly do not think that. Dungeon… Continue Reading →

Urn – Iron Will Of Power (Season Of Mist)

To talk about politics at the moment in the UK is a touchy subject and one that I can be quite passionate about when in the right company. Backing this up my home town of Ipswich (check it out, great… Continue Reading →

The 69 Eyes – West End (Nuclear Blast)

Happy birthday to The 69 Eyes. Thirty years apparently. I mean that’s pretty great going for anyone. It’s funny though that even though I’ve been aware of them for maybe two decades this is our first waltz. Well opening song… Continue Reading →

Sonata Arctica – Talviyö (Nuclear Blast)

Let’s get this out of the way now. Sonata Arctica’s brand of melodic metal is not for everyone. If Cannibal Corpse are Last House on the Left and Eaten Alive then these jovial Finns are the Princess Bride and Labyrinth… Continue Reading →

[ówt krì] Primal (Sombre Soniks)

I was forewarned to expect an “earthly and ritual feel” from this latest work of dark ambience from [ówt krì]. From the outset we are swept away into an echo chamber, intensified by a constant solemn drone and a distant… Continue Reading →

Concrete Winds – Primitive Force (Sepulchral Voice)

There is no denying that Vorum created a foul stench in their brief and vile career but the band have it appears crash and burned. The couple of times I saw them and of course their album Poisoned Void 2103… Continue Reading →

Excuse – Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos (Shadow Kingdom)

I tried to do some digging about for info on this band but my efforts were in vain. Excuse are an enigmatic bunch as far as I am concerned, so based off what little information I have available to me,… Continue Reading →

Scumripper – All Veins Blazing (Hells Headbangers)

Twenty minutes is all you get so pay attention numbnuts! This is nasty, dirty metal punk encrusted with sacrificial blood and beer stains.  This is the Finnish trio’s debut full length following on from their self titled demo in 2015. The… Continue Reading →

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