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Uneven Structure – Paragon (Longbranch/SPV)

One of the things that we, as heavy rock/metal music fans, often enjoy is the dense sea of different genres that encompass the music we love. There seems not to be a niche untouched, a style not overturned, an approach… Continue Reading →

Maïeutiste – Veritas (LADLO Productions)

Avant progressive black metal is the style. Literary and philosophic concepts are the themes purveyed by this French band. A high-pitched riff, pounding drums and harsh vocals provide an interesting mix. That’s before the epic chorus of the opening title… Continue Reading →

Blut aus Nord – Hallucinogen (Debemur Morti)

What to say, when everything has already been said? I’m a bit late reviewing this. Everybody else has already done it, it seems. It’s quite a challenge, therefore, to find something original and new to say. But I’ll certainly try…. Continue Reading →

Mars Red Sky – The Task Eternal (Listenable Records)

With autumn approaching, new releases from Listenable Records are arriving fast and furious, or in the case of Bordeaux trio ‘Mars Red Sky’, mellow as all hell and so laid back it’s practically horizontal. If you’ve not managed to hear… Continue Reading →

Pencey Sloe – Don’t Believe, Watch Out (Prophecy)

Pencey Sloe sounds to be the name of a US private detective but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact it is a Parisian musical trio which comes with the approval of Alcest and plays dark and ethereal… Continue Reading →

Step in Fluid – Back In Business (Klonosphere)

Fusing progressive music with jazz and other musical genres seems to be a French speciality. So far this year I’ve picked up a number of albums where French bands have expanded their sound range in this way, and here’s another… Continue Reading →

Armageddon Death Squad – Necrosmose (Great Dane Records)

This debut effort by the French death metallers first materialised towards the latter half of 2018 as an independent release but having signed to Great Dane it has got a second push to garner more attention which it should rightly… Continue Reading →

Epitaphe – I (Aesthetic Death)

Nothing in the world of Death Metal, or Metal for that matter surprises me any more, sad I know. Yet when you are so obsessed with something you can’t help but foresee every possible outcome, whether it be awful Metal… 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 →

Evohe – Deus Sive Natura (Folter Records)

‘Deus Sive Natura’ translates from the Latin meaning ‘God Or Nature’ and is fitting to the 3rd release from the French black metal crew Evohe. ‘Deus Sive Natura is full of melody and splendour and touches on the more atmospheric… Continue Reading →

Catalyst – The Great Purpose Of The Lords (Great Dane Records)

This French quartet from Metz, Grand Est have been around for 3 years and are releasing a rather intense début album full of interesting twists and musical changes to their technical prowess. Comprising of bassist Jefferson Brand, guitarist Florian Iochem,… Continue Reading →

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