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Bâ'A / Verfallen / Hyrgal – Split (Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions)

Bâ’A / Verfallen / Hyrgal – Split (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions)

This sonic triptych of French black metal artists all contribute two tracks to this split release which comes as a six panel digipak. All the bands are offering atmospheric black metal with only Hyrgal being familiar to me previously as I reviewed their rather splendid.. Read More
Esoctrilihum – Inhüma (I, Voidhanger)

Esoctrilihum – Inhüma (I, Voidhanger)

How long should an artist wait before releasing a new album? Is a consistent output merely the result of quantity over quality or is it a feasible expectation to demand new music sooner. If we look to the past and as an example the works.. Read More
DRH – Thin Ice (Apathia Records)

DRH – Thin Ice (Apathia Records)

“Follow the white rabbit”, we’re told. Well, maybe we should but for sure we’re taken on a journey through a strange Wonderland here on this experimental saxophone-driven jazz prog collection from French quartet DRH. Sometimes it’s good not to have a point of reference, even.. Read More
Benighted – Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master (Season Of Mist)

Benighted – Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master (Season Of Mist)

Some artists seem cursed to linger upon the precipice of success, the lustful ear of total domination is but a hair’s breadth away. How must it feel to be linked with this desperate struggle? I imagine it to be rather punishing like a consistent uphill.. Read More
Void – Jettatura (Ladlo Productions)

Void – Jettatura (Ladlo Productions)

If you are gonna thrash do it blackly said someone very sensibly once, or perhaps it was just me. That’s the way I like it though baby and a good dose of black n’ roll always hits the mark and perks me up a bit... Read More
Hangman's Chair -  Banlieue Triste (Spinefarm)

Hangman’s Chair – Banlieue Triste (Spinefarm)

I first came across this pretty unclassifiable French band with their 2015 album ‘This Is Not Supposed To Be Positive’. As this titles translates to something like ‘Sad Suburb’ you can tell their mood or preoccupations haven’t improved much over three years. After a quiet,.. Read More
Decline Of The I – Escape (Agonia)

Decline Of The I – Escape (Agonia)

Concept albums love them or loathe them I think they are a brilliant staple in what I would consider to be a healthy musical diet. The reason being is that they perpetuate the ritual of listening to albums in full, whilst this impression is likely.. Read More
Heksen – Post-Mortem Psychanalyse reloaded (Great Dane Records)

Heksen – Post-Mortem Psychanalyse reloaded (Great Dane Records)

Well this is disappointing. I asked the editor to send me, and I quote “any old shit”. The reason being that I’d had a good run of late with everything I’ve been sent being pretty damn good. Now call me an old curmudgeon, but I.. Read More
In Purulence – Putrid Valley (Great Dane)

In Purulence – Putrid Valley (Great Dane)

Uniqueness, we all strive for it, everyone wants to be their own person this includes bands too. Sometimes artists strive for that rare, free-standing, genre-defying quality through means of experimentation melding together exhibits from selected genres, sometimes it works, other times it flops. Others look.. Read More
Hyrgal – Serpentine (Ladlo Productions)

Hyrgal – Serpentine (Ladlo Productions)

Having been around for ten years this French act has released only one split during that time and within their ranks they have an ex-member of Svart Crown, namely Clément Flandrois who does vocals and guitar on this, the band’s debut full length. An elongated.. Read More
Moonreich - Fugue (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions)

Moonreich – Fugue (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions)

I wasn’t sure what a fugue is other than the fact it’s associated with Bach. Well to cut a long story short, it’s about counterpoint and repetition. The song “Frère Jacques” is an example of it through the way it comes back on itself. Moonreich.. Read More
Myrkvid – Demons are Inside (Immortal Frost)

Myrkvid – Demons are Inside (Immortal Frost)

French black metal is reliable and often edgy, so this second EP from Myrkvid and follow up to the “Pleasures of Hell” (2013) album attracted immediate interest. The album gets under way with a mish-mash of styles. First there’s the suggestion of death n roll,.. Read More