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Osi And The Jupiter – Nordlige Rúnaskog (Eisenwald)

A band’s name is its shop window, their one opportunity to create that all important first impression and the name may well determine whether someone actually gives them a listen or simply skips past them. As such, it is important… Continue Reading →

Völur / Amber Asylum – Breaker of Rings / Blood Switch (Prophecy)

Potentially we have here a temple of weirdness and melancholy as we have a combination of Canadian “doom experimentalists” Völur and San Franciscan “neo-classical ambient collective” Amber Asylum. Reading up on the background, the two bands involved recognise the same… Continue Reading →

Grendel’s Syster – Myrtle Wreath / Myrtenkranz (Hoove Child Records)

After their last release, Orphic Gold Leaves, I expressed an interest in seeing how this German trio developed. So here we are. Firstly you have to be pretty astounded by the quality of the packaging in this. Again, as with… Continue Reading →

Chelsea Wolfe – Birth of Violence (Sargent House)

It’s been almost a decade since the release of Chelsea Wolfe’s debut ‘The Grime and the Glow’, in the 9 years that have followed her sound has grown and evolved alongside her popularity, often lauded as “the PJ Harvey of… Continue Reading →

Sacri Monti – Waiting Room for the Magic Hour (Tee Pee)

It’s been four years since their debut, and my expectations are high for this one. The San Diego based quintet’s debut was a psychedelic master class, reminiscent of messiah’s Cream, Hendrix, Uriah Heep and so on. This one, well, they… Continue Reading →

Moon Far Away – Athanor Eurasia (Prophecy)

384,400 KM to be precise and yes that is far away. Getting that out the way, here we have some gorgeous folk music from Arkhangelsk Russia to contemplate but it is one where we are told East meets West so… Continue Reading →

Stille Volk – Milharis (Prophecy)

Whatever the view is outside your window it’s time to cast it off and dream of the snow-capped mountains of The Pyrenees.  We are about to venture into the world of Stille Volk and it is an olden one without… Continue Reading →

Darkenhöld & Griffon – Atra Musica (LADLO Productions)

LADLO Productions or to give them their full moniker Les Acteurs de l’Ombre are certainly one of the go to labels for those searching out the best of French underground metal. If you are into black and doom metal their… Continue Reading →

Green Lung – Woodland Rites (Kozmik Artifactz)

There now appear to be as many retro minded occult rock bands using Hammer Horror samples as there were films made by those masters of the macabre.  South London’s Green Lung are coughing up their debut Woodland Rites on the date… Continue Reading →

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 →

Myrkur & Jo Quail – Manchester Gorilla 22/12/18

My final gig of the year couldn’t have been better, an intimate night of sumptuous musicality in the company of two of the finest proponents of soulful, ambient and passionately intense performances even though headliner Myrkur did a black metal… 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 →

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