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Balmog – Pillars Of Salt (War Anthem Records)

Ah yes, although not reviewing it myself I remember this Spanish trio’s last album ‘Vacvvm’ (2018) well. A spin today to reacquaint myself with it proved just what a potent slice of orthodox blackness it is and the band have… Continue Reading →

Fool’s Ghost – Dark Woven Light (Prosthetic Records)

Fool’s Ghost are a band from Louisville, Kentucky, composed of two people only, husband and wife Amber and Nick Thieneman. And let me tell you straight from the beginning that they have delivered a stunning debut album with Dark Woven… Continue Reading →

Gaylord – Wings of the Joyful (Blackened Death Records)

“I love neofolk and I love black metal, but I absolutely despise how both have become breeding grounds for hateful ideologies.” Thus spake Richard Weeks of Gaylord and the brilliantly monikered Olivia Neutered John. If you are aware of this… Continue Reading →

Fotocrime – South of Heaven (Profound Lore)

I had been looking forward to Fotocrime’s new album ever since it was announced. The band’s previous releases with their mixture of post punk, dark wave and goth rock were right up my alley, my favourite being the EP Always… Continue Reading →

Pyre of Descent – Peaks Of Eternal Light (Terror From Hell Records)

Hailing from Berlin, Pyre of Descent are a band that have flown under the radar of this particular scribe, their eponymous 2018 release now being followed by ‘Peaks Of Eternal Light’. A combination of the band name, upbeat album title,… Continue Reading →

Ainsoph – Ω – V (Wolves Of Hades)

Not to be confused with the cult Italian industrial ambient outfit, this group are described as “shadowy wanderers’ from the Dutch underground. With a strong visual aesthetic looking at their promo pictures there is not much else to go on… Continue Reading →

Benighted In Sodom – Carrier Of Poison Apples (I, Voidhanger)

Matron Thorn is one of those musicians who work constantly revolving through various projects. The amount of bands past and present he has been involved in is really quite staggering. From Bethlehem to Ævangelist, Death Fetishist, Devil Worshipper, Oblivion Gate,… Continue Reading →

[Dolch] – Feuer (Van)

Still keeping up an air of anonymity in the Internet age, which is something increasingly difficult to do, you won’t find a huge amount of information about the players in German act [Dolch]. Their first couple of releases came from… Continue Reading →

Interview – A Pale Horse Named Death

A Pale Horse Named Death are a five piece who are currently leading the charge for accessible, powerful and melancholic doom. Heavily influenced by the legendary Type O Negative, a band which Sal Abruscato was a founding member of, and… Continue Reading →

Cold In Berlin – Rituals Of Surrender (New Heavy Sounds)

Some bands have a special quality. Maybe it’s a unique sound or look while for others it might simply be an aura. For some years I’ve been intrigued by Cold In Berlin after seeing them at Candlefest in London’s Underworld… Continue Reading →

Birdeatsbaby – The World Conspires (DR Music)

Brighton band Birdeatsbaby dip their toes in our world rather than being the sort of band we would normally look at but then again, they co-exist in many musical universes. One only has to look at a recent covers album… Continue Reading →

Chelsea Wolfe – Birth of Violence (Sargent House)

It’s been almost a decade since the release of Chelsea Wolfe’s debut ‘The Grime and the Glow’, in the 9 years that have followed her sound has grown and evolved alongside her popularity, often lauded as “the PJ Harvey of… Continue Reading →

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