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Black Oath – Behold the Abyss (High Roller Records)

When I saw the blurb for this in the pile at Ave Noctum towers, (a huge obsidian castle, forever shrouded in fog and under perpetual moonlight – just outside Tooting Bec), I knew that I had to give it a… Continue Reading →

Idle Hands – Don’t Waste Your Time (Eisenwald)

Band number 72,453 from the Portland Oregon area. Not sure what is in the water there but it seems to make everyone at least attempt to become a musician, thankfully with this lot, despite the title we are not completely… Continue Reading →

Clone Culture – S/T (Lifeforce Records)

I hadn’t realised that Milan was one of the epicentres of post punk and dark wave in the 1980s until I read the attachment that came with this. Well they recognise Joy Division and The Cure, and having heard this… Continue Reading →

Megaton Leviathan – Mage (Blood Music)

I have a question. Are we finally reaching the point in time where genres are pointless? I mean, sure classify something as Rock, Classical, Hip Hop, Jazz if you want but to break it down further is a little like… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Poptone – S/T (Cleopatra Records)

Arthouse, post punk, proto Goth, Alternative rock whatever you want to call them Northampton’s Bauhaus sent a shockwave around the world with their look and sense of drama, both visually and sonically.  Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins (AKA Kevin Dompe) went… Continue Reading →

Tantal – Ruin (Mazzar Records)

So this new Tantal album came my way and as I always like to do before I embark on a review, I read what the label/promotions agency have to say about the band. What instantly intrigued (and amused) me about… Continue Reading →

Weathered Statues – Borderlands (Svart)

I suppose there isn’t much that shows the effect of the tooth of time so well like statues exposed to the elements. Although they are usually made from durable materials like marble, bronze or cement, time, wind and weather will… Continue Reading →

Lair Of The White Worm – Ken Russell (Vestron Video)

The late Ken Russell was certainly a divisive character and love him or loathe him a person who was hard to ignore. As far as his films were concerned they often courted controversy and indeed still do so. He baited… Continue Reading →

Norilsk- Le Passage des glaciers (Hypnotic Dirge)

French Canadian Duo Norilsk have followed 2015’s “The Idea of North” with 8 slabs of doom death by the name of “Le Passage des Glaciers”  Norilsk is the most northern city in Siberia and allegedly home to a heavy metal… Continue Reading →

Gothminister – The Other Side (AFM)

The term “gothic” seems to have a particular meaning in Germany. My experience of rummaging around record stores there is that everything, including Opeth, counts as gothic. From the self-explanatory “Gothic Electronic Anthems” (2003) onwards, Gothminister have been pumping out… Continue Reading →

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