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Dark Buddha Rising - II (Neurot)

Dark Buddha Rising – II (Neurot)

Roadburn 2012. I made my plan for each festival day to catch my favourite bands, yet such plans always go to hell as soon as the day starts. Somehow, I managed to end up at a show of Dark Buddha Rising, an unknown band to.. Read More
Auri – Auri (Nuclear Blast)

Auri – Auri (Nuclear Blast)

Ideally, side-projects should be different from the full-time band that the main protagonist is known for, otherwise many would argue what’s the point, and Tuomas Halopainen from Nightwish has always been well aware of this. Whether it’s the classy turn-of-the-millennium Gothic Metal of For My.. Read More
Blood Red Fog – Thanatotic Supremacy (Deviant Records)

Blood Red Fog – Thanatotic Supremacy (Deviant Records)

Oh you filthy Finns. I got a right surprise when taking the CD out of its tray here as the insert photo shows B.R.F. the main man of this outfit looking pleased as punch as he sits on a corpse letting it all hang out.. Read More
Black Royal – Lightbringer (Suicide Records)

Black Royal – Lightbringer (Suicide Records)

For decades now rock music has divided its genres into slivers so that every specific , particular nuance can be catered to in an ever decreasing insular grouping. Prefixes and suffixes abound and genres get compounded to create Chimera that purport to be the next.. Read More
Funerary Bell – Undead Revelations (Saturnal Records)

Funerary Bell – Undead Revelations (Saturnal Records)

There is a horde of acts within black metal’s substrata each vying to add their own twist on the genre as this Finnish act has adopted an authentic black metal foundation but has cemented various other genres to it such as doom, death and some.. Read More
Charming Timur – So Far, So Good (S/R)

Charming Timur – So Far, So Good (S/R)

When I was about 21 or 22 years old, I was good friends with two guys of about the same age whose idea of a good time was to go to a video store and rent the stupidest video they could find. They had perfected.. Read More
Paara – Riitti (ViciSolum)

Paara – Riitti (ViciSolum)

Paara return with ‘Riittti’, and they deliver an exercise in how to take the rough with the smooth, with this latest offering. They deliver up just 4 slabs of black metal, but these are spanned over a full 42 minutes. The band, spawned in 2011,have.. Read More
Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Season Of Mist)

Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Season Of Mist)

Finland’s Hooded Menace have returned with their fifth offering with a truly tongue twisting name. 2015’s “Darkness Drips Forth” contained a quartet of epic Doom Death that pricked my ears before pummelling them. I think “Elysium of Dripping Death” is still the longest song I.. Read More
Vargrav - Netherstorm (Werewolf Records)

Vargrav – Netherstorm (Werewolf Records)

Always a bit of a sucker for symphonic black metal, I was pleased to have the opportunity to sample this album from Finland’s Vargrav, the project of V-Khaoz, the former drummer of the atmospheric black metal band Kalmankantaja. This “act of black arts”, we are.. Read More
Sawhill Sacrifice - Pimeyteen Ja Kuolemaan (Wolfspell Records)

Sawhill Sacrifice – Pimeyteen Ja Kuolemaan (Wolfspell Records)

With ‘Pimeyteen Ja Kuolemaan’, roughly translated as ‘Into Darkness and death’, you are launched straight into a grand, orchestral intro from these Finns, and they set down their intentions from the offset. The opening track, ‘Kutsu’, is an instrumental which has been composed by Rob.. Read More
Druadan Forest – The Lost Dimension (Wolfspell)

Druadan Forest – The Lost Dimension (Wolfspell)

Have you been waiting patiently for the last 5 years for a new Summoning album? Well not long to go until Silenius and Protector deliver new opus ‘With Doom We Come.’ If you are really hungering for an immediate trip to Middle Earth you will.. Read More
Kalmankantaja – Routamaa (Wolfspell)

Kalmankantaja – Routamaa (Wolfspell)

All I got by way of description to go with this one was “atmospheric black metal, Finland”. Let the listeners decide for themselves. This is much better than all the flowery words that are often used to describe pieces of music. It’s also Kalmenkantaja’s tenth.. Read More