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Omnium Gatherum – The Burning Cold (Century Media)

Wow! While I’ve seen Omnium Gatherum a good few times and have a couple of their albums, I did not realise they have been around for 22 years already and that this is their eighth album. Granted, there have been… Continue Reading →

Morketida – Panphage Mysticism (Werewolf Records)

Finnish black metal has been living in the shadow of its more illustrious Norwegian counterparts for many years, but make no mistake about it, the Finnish scene is thriving and has spawned some of the nastiest black metal on offer… Continue Reading →

Khanus – Flammiron (I, Voidhanger)

Ready for some metal of death with shamanic drumming and chanting, occasional soprano vocals and choral aspects and even the use of a singing bowl? Well that should give you an idea that this album, the first from Khanus following… Continue Reading →

Sadistik Forest – Morbid Majesties (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Transcending Obscurity is fast becoming one of my favourite record labels such is the depth and wealth of their current roster of bands and I can now add the curiously named Sadistik Forest from Finland to that ever growing list… Continue Reading →

Evil-Lÿn – Disciple of Steel (No Remorse)

Tampere, Finland is a talented place, many bands I know come from there and Evil-Lÿn are another one. A traditional heavy metal act formed 11 years ago, with a debut EP behind them in 2012. If you like Enforcer, Chastain,… Continue Reading →

Lordi – Sexorcism (AFM)

Guilty pleasures, let’s face it we all have them although they are only really guilty if you’re ashamed of them. For someone like me with absolutely zero street cred there is no reason to be embarrassed by such things as… Continue Reading →

Amorphis – Queen Of Time (Nuclear Blast)

It’s been three years since last studio album ‘Under The Red Cloud’ stormily hit in 2015 making my album of the year in the process and I was quick to call dibs on this keen to hear whether it would… Continue Reading →

Totalselfhatred – Solitude (Osmose)

DSBM I never really know how to feel about it, even now as a pretty long term fan of the genre I don’t quite know what to make of it all. It comes in so many forms, the extremity of… Continue Reading →

Black Mass Pervertor – Life Beyond The Walls Of Flesh (Blood Harvest)

This satanic, punk, black metal band hail all the way from the icy depths of Finland, and they are now ready to unleash another slab of hellish, abhorrent black art upon us. ‘Life Beyond The Walls Of Flesh’ starts with… Continue Reading →

Sisare – Leaving The Land (V.R. Label)

As fine as it is, that artwork doesn’t give a lot away does it? Possibly something retro? Something a touch Doom-laden perhaps? Well actually Sisare are a Finnish progressive rock/metal quartet, building nicely on their debut with this, their 2nd… Continue Reading →

Kalmah – Palo (Spinefarm)

Blood Ran Cold’ opens up the album ‘Palo’ with a majestic and almost poetic like power base, on which intricate and technical musicianship is portrayed with exacting precision. Pekka Kokko then kicks in with growling vocals which are powerful and… Continue Reading →

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