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Destruction – Born To Perish (Nuclear Blast)

Some bands are a bastard to write about; it is easy to wax lyrical about song structures and compositional ability, virtuoso performances or atmospheric impact. It can be difficult to write about bands that have a tried and tested formula… Continue Reading →

Lacrimas Profundere – Bleeding The Stars (SPV)

My first encounter with this German outfit was 15 years ago when I accidentally picked up ‘Ave End’. Something I was rather glad to have done, after I gave the CD a listen. Since then I’ve reviewed a few more… Continue Reading →

Repent – Condemned To Fail (High Roller Records)

I can’t believe it is seven years since this German band released their third effort “Vortex Of Violence” a release that holds aloft the banner of true thrash metal. I never caught onto the band back in the 90s when… Continue Reading →

Reign In Blood – Missa Pro Defunctis (Iron Bonehead Productions)

I know what you’re thinking as you read the band’s name and have decided whether to read this review or not but you’d be completely wrong to assume that this German band is a thrash act with a penchant for… Continue Reading →

Total Hate – Throne Behind a Black Veil (Eisenwald)

Powerful and authoritative from the opening chords, Total Hate set the precedent from the offset. The vocals on ‘Psychopath’ are dominant and potent and work together with Aer and Erebos on the guitars, with Serrator creating the formidable and controlling… Continue Reading →

Carnal Tomb – Abhorrent Veneration (Testimony Records)

As false as Death Metal becomes so too doth it become true, or something like that. Death Metal really is quite ironically the most lively of genres right now. You’ve got nerdy guitar wizards spinning all the latest releases from… Continue Reading →

Mediøkrist – Traumwelt (Timezone Records)

Mediøkrist are a six piece metalcore band hailing from the Northrhine-Westphalia region of Germany and are set to release their debut album “Traumwelt” which translates as “Dreamworld”. Although the release is not intended to be a ‘concept’ album in the… Continue Reading →

RRAAUMM – The Eternal Dance At The Nucleus Of Time (Van)

An obscure artist, limited and already sold out in physical media of just 300 copies here from Van. The Eternal Dance… is our introduction to German atmospheric and ambient black metal entity RAAUMM. There’s very little chance of anything to… Continue Reading →

High Fighter – Champain (Argonauta)

Hamburg based stoner-doom-sludge outfit High Fighter are back once again and ready to bring the filth this summer. With their first album, “Scars & Crosses” considered to be a success with how it blended fuzz-laden riffs with exotic flair, schizophrenic… Continue Reading →

Burial In The Woods – Church Of Dagon (Rain Without End Records)

The press release for this outfit is sadly lacking in detail, however my superior Google-Fu Boolean Fist has unearthed a little background for you. Hailing from a picturesque southern district of German Bavaria, lone multi-instrumentalist Gerileme recorded a demo of doomy black… Continue Reading →

Vulture – Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves (Metal Blade)

In an era when metal has taken on so many forms it’s somehow comforting to think back to thrash metal as one of the genre’s purest. Who can argue with Fistful of Metal, Feel The Fire and Kill ‘Em All?… Continue Reading →

Third Wave – Metamorphosis (S/R)

Progressive and Metalcore are two words you would never normally see sequentially. For the main part, Metalcore was a dynamic genre which really exploded in the early 2000’s, seeming to pick up where Nu-Metal left off, before it became a… Continue Reading →

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