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Mausoleum Gate – Into A Dark Divinity (Cruz de la Sur Music)

Mausoleum Gate – Into A Dark Divinity (Cruz de la Sur Music)

I really quite enjoyed Mausoleum Gate’s 2014 self-titled debut – it was a spirited serving of 70s-inspired ‘proto metal’ with enough of a whiff of hammer horror ghoulishness and deftness of songwriting touch to elevate it above much of the pack. No mean feat these.. Read More
Verge – The Process of Self-Becoming (I, Voidhanger Records)

Verge – The Process of Self-Becoming (I, Voidhanger Records)

Ferocious and meditative are not two words I’d associate with each other, but these are the words used to describe this third album by Finnish black metal band Verge. This seven track work is divided into three sections: Aesthetic, Moral and Religious. “A clown in.. Read More
Hands of Orlac / The Wandering Midget - Split (Cruz Del Sur)

Hands of Orlac / The Wandering Midget – Split (Cruz Del Sur)

I don’t know if there’s some cryptic message here that only truly makes sense when you’re seriously stoned, but something feels so fitting about the collaboration between The Wandering Midget and Hands of Orlac as if the two, albeit imaginary and abstract characters, might have.. Read More
Morbid Evils – Deceases (Svart)

Morbid Evils – Deceases (Svart)

Last time I heard Keijo Niinimaa he was assaulting (in a pleasurable way) my ears with Rotten Sound. IF I am honest they were the band that opened the door back up to Grind for me, a door that had closed after FETO by Napalm.. Read More
Crimfall - Amain (Metal Blade)

Crimfall – Amain (Metal Blade)

The epic diction and chorus give the immediate impression of mediaeval scenes and heroic deeds. This isn’t a false impression as everything about this work from Finland’s Crimfall suggests bombast and grandiosity. Crimfall use a number of tools to shape this battle-scarred epic Viking adventure... Read More
Sons Of Crom - The Black Tower (Nordvis)

Sons Of Crom – The Black Tower (Nordvis)

Sons of Crom, hailing out of Finland are a duo whose sound centres pretty much around ‘epic’ heavy metal. With one full length already behind them, “The Black Tower” marks their next recording and it’s certainly an imposing one, especially overcoming that milestone mark. So.. Read More
Urn - The Burning (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Urn – The Burning (Iron Bonehead Productions)

It’s been nine long years since ‘Soul Destroyers’, an album that was ok, I still think their debut ‘666 Megatons’ was bloody amazing black thrash…but in any case, the break has rejuvenated the band since their last recorded output. This is a special presentation of.. Read More
Kval – S/T (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

Kval – S/T (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

The sleeve notes usefully tell us that Kval’s debut album “includes slow, agonising material from 2013 to 2016”. This album was originally conceived in 2015 but under the mantle of Khaossos. Life, emptiness and chaos are what drives this one man atmospheric black metal project.. Read More
Wintersun - The Forest Seasons (Nuclear Blast)

Wintersun – The Forest Seasons (Nuclear Blast)

Genre defying Metallers Wintersun are not a band to be rushed. With a gap of 8 years between their first and second albums, it’s with a hint of ironic surprise at the veritable speed of this their third album being unleashed after a mere 5.. Read More
Riivaus - Lyöden Taudein Ja Kirouksin (Wolfspell Records)

Riivaus – Lyöden Taudein Ja Kirouksin (Wolfspell Records)

Finnish black metal is in a rude state of health at the moment with bands such as Horna, Sargeist, Archgoat, Baptism and several others all being on permanent rotation for me….. I will now be adding Riivaus to that list. Prior to receiving this for.. Read More
Post Pulse – Halls Of The Damned (Inverse Records)

Post Pulse – Halls Of The Damned (Inverse Records)

This Finnish act has members from a couple of bands that I am not familiar with, namely The Man Eating Tree and Hung, as this project unleashes a debut of epic proportions. The band name may conjure up thoughts of something restrained and lightweight but.. Read More
Selcouth – Heart Is The Star of Chaos (I, Voidhanger Records)

Selcouth – Heart Is The Star of Chaos (I, Voidhanger Records)

Selcouth apparently is an adjective, which means strange, unusual and wondrous. The band, which is a collective of musicians from Finland, France, Spain, Russia and Argentina, most certainly got their name right. What I sensed here was an avant-garde artistic project. That description possibly equates.. Read More