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The Moon and the Nightspirit – Metanoia (Prophecy)

The Moon and the Nightspirit – Metanoia (Prophecy)

“Metanoia” means an initiation, a rebirth, an awakening of the higher self, and the rekindling of an inner flame. Hungarian duo The Moon and the Nightspirit’s brand of folk and world music is a representation of this state. This isn’t folk music in its simplest.. Read More
Wardruna – Runaljod - Ragnarok (By Norse)

Wardruna – Runaljod – Ragnarok (By Norse)

What better way to introduce Ragnarok, the third and final part of Wardruna’s 8-year trilogy, with a towering battle hymn to Tyr. One of the less readily recognised Norse gods these days (at least for non-metal fans I should perhaps add), but he was undoubtedly.. Read More
Pelander – Time (Nuclear Blast)

Pelander – Time (Nuclear Blast)

If you are unfamiliar with Pelander, that’s nothing to be worried about, seeing as it is the first release by Magnus Pelander, Witchcraft mainstay, under his own moniker, and a definite change from his normal doom tinged heavy rock releases. Hearkening back to an era.. Read More
Völur – Disir (Prophecy)

Völur – Disir (Prophecy)

Canadians seem to have a particular knack for invoking the ancient spirits of pagan Europe and Völur are no exception. Clearly there’s a link, and they are arguably closer geographically and culturally to Europe than their US neighbours, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. But.. Read More
Dylan Carlson - Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion (S/R)

Dylan Carlson – Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion (S/R)

Finally, this Crowd Funded project sees fruition; featuring stunning artwork (a rendering of Dylan’s wife, Holly), ‘Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion’ is a reworking of folk songs from the British Isles. All seven songs have been stripped.. Read More
Dee Calhoun – Rotgut  (Argonauta)

Dee Calhoun – Rotgut (Argonauta)

Dee Calhoun, aka Screaming Mad Dee, is without a doubt best known for currently fronting US Doom, with a capital “D”, stalwarts Iron Man, a band that should be essential listening for any worshipper of the down tuned riff. However, his career has spanned far.. Read More
Prag 83 – Metamorphoses (Nordvis)

Prag 83 – Metamorphoses (Nordvis)

Without much information forthcoming on mysterious German multi-instrumentalist Herr K., Swedish label Nordvis present ‘Metamorphoses’ from Prag 83, an eight-track album of dark, acoustic folk music. Inspired by the literary works of Franz Kafka, the music here is lilting and delicate, yet ominous enough to.. Read More
Soon – Vol. 1 (Temple Of Torturous)

Soon – Vol. 1 (Temple Of Torturous)

Atmospheric doom quartet Soon is the brainchild of Stuart McLamb and drummer Thomas Simpson. As purveyors of indie pop, their main project being The Love Language, it’s an unusual sidestep but is a most welcome one and offers up listeners the opportunity to immerse themselves.. Read More
Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá – Skuggsjá (Season Of Mist)

Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá – Skuggsjá (Season Of Mist)

When you get Ivar Bjørnson of Viking metal progressive icons Enslaved and Einar Selvik of atmospheric folk mavericks Wardruna you expect a lesson in sheer class. You also expect intelligence and thought. If you’ll excuse the quoting, the birth and subject is best explained in.. Read More
Forndom - Daudra Dura (Nordvis)

Forndom – Daudra Dura (Nordvis)

“Let us wander to the worlds beyond ours……” I opened the review of Forndom’s 2015 EP “Flykt” with a quote from the media blurb and feel obliged to do so again since it seems apt for the musical experience on offer. “Dauðra Dura” (which I.. Read More
Hexvessel – When We Are Death (Century Media)

Hexvessel – When We Are Death (Century Media)

I have been a little starved of hearing the distinct dulcet tones of ex-patriot singer Matthew McNerney aka Kvohst of late. His Beastmilk project rebranded as Grave Pleasures have gained more mainstream success and latest album Dreamcrash didn’t see its way to us. Thankfully his.. Read More
Spectral Lore – Gnosis (I Voidhanger)

Spectral Lore – Gnosis (I Voidhanger)

After last year’s complex and exhilarating ‘III’ the man behind this impressive black metal project has pressed on with a flurry of releases. Unlike many one man black metal bands, where the number of splits and EPs almost feels like a form of musical Tourette’s,.. Read More