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Bethlehem – S/T (Prophecy Productions)

Starting out as a black/doom metal band in 1991 in Germany, 25 years on and many many more line-up changes later, bassist/guitarist Jürgen Bartsch is the only remaining founding member, with long time drummer Wolz retaking his 12 year post… Continue Reading →

Sirenia – Dark Days Of Dolor (Napalm)

So whatever the reasons were, Sirenia main-man Morten Veland decided it was time to bring in a new vocalist in the form of Emmanuelle Zoldan after 8 years and 4 albums with Ailyn (it sounds like she’s had a tough… Continue Reading →

Theatres Des Vampires – Candyland (Scarlet)

Blimey was it really way back in 2011 when this house of vampires last took us on a ‘Moonlight Waltz.’ I guess it doesn’t really matter quite so much when you are immortal but us fans do age all too… Continue Reading →

Interview – The Vision Bleak

The Vision Bleak are unique, both musically and visually. They are an all encompassing experience that the band have been crafting and honing for many years. But it has now been over a decade since that Deathship and its crew… Continue Reading →

The Vision Bleak – The Unknown (Prophecy)

There’s no denying that when you are a fan of a band a press release bandying about phrases like “reinvention”, “new beginning” and “second birth” can be very worrying. Hideous thoughts of a Gothic Bon Jovi flash through your mind…. Continue Reading →

Nemesea – Uprise (Napalm)

So, does anyone out there remember the 12 minute closing track on Epica’s last album? It was all technical prowess, grandiose arrangements, big orchestration and complexity. Well forget that – what about if you could have a similar sound but… Continue Reading →

The Foreshadowing – Seven Heads Ten Horns (Cyclone Empire)

“Melancholic Gothic Doom Metal”. Never a description to warm the old cockles is it? In itself it’s a genre that can contain many variables…OK, it’s a fair guess it will be sparse on the optimistic/joyous/fun/hopeful side of things (sounds like… Continue Reading →

Crematory – Monument (SPV)

It’s always a real treat when a Crematory album comes out, and there have been plenty of them over their 25 year journey. “Monument” is their twelfth, and while I have a great affection for “Revolution” (2004) in particular, I… Continue Reading →

Beseech – My Darkness, Darkness (Despotz)

Welcome Back Beseech! Beseech, for those who are unfamiliar with the band, they were Gothic Metal before it really became Gothic Metal. Before Evanescence flirted with the charts and Nightwish appealed to the masses there was a bunch of bands… Continue Reading →

Scarleth – The Silver Lining (The Leaders Records)

I have a feeling the “tags” at the bottom of this review might end up being longer than the review itself! That’s basically because Ukrainian Metallers Scarleth have it all going on, and just when you think you have them… Continue Reading →

Moonspell – Extinct (Napalm)

This Portuguese band started out under the name ‘Morbid God’ playing folky black metal but thankfully later changing their name to Moonspell and directing their music style towards a more atmospheric feel. Their first taste of recording was on a… Continue Reading →

Ecnephias – S/T (My Kingdom Music)

While this may be the fifth album by this Italian outfit, this is my first encounter with them and I’m surprised by how much they sound like a South African band I knew comprised primarily of Italians. Mancan has the… Continue Reading →

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