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Exhorder – Mourn The Southern Skies (Nuclear Blast)

As the comparison is always going to find its way into this review, I figured I’d get it out of the way immediately. The only reason I listen to Pantera is because I mistakenly thought a new song I heard… Continue Reading →

Árstíðir Lífsins – Heljarkviða (Ván)

Árstíðir Lífsins brewed just as I like it: two 20 minute episodes of their saga-spinning craft delivered with the conviction and attention to detail you might fairly expect from a band whose work is genre-defining in a field of one…. Continue Reading →

Heimdalls Wacht – Geisterseher (Trollzorn)

Thank god – and by that I mean the guardian of Bifrost himself – that Heimdalls Wacht has returned. Last year’s full-length was all over the place – bloated, too reliant on the clichés of the genre and too long… Continue Reading →

Vicious Rumors – Concussion Protocol (SPV)

To say Vicious Rumors are back implies they have been away, which in fact they haven’t. So I’m not saying it. Vicious Rumors have never split up y’see, though for some of those years since their impressive debut back in… Continue Reading →

Interview – Kampfar

All has been very busy in the Kampfar Kamp. Delivering their excellent 7th album Profan at the tail end of last year, it seems like they have hardly stopped since. Hitting the road with Gorgoroth and Gehenna on the back… Continue Reading →

Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika (Century Media)

Let me start by being completely upfront. This is Moonsorrow’s best album for more than a decade. Perhaps even one of their best yet. It’s a melting pot of all that has gone before and if you’re not hooked in… Continue Reading →

Tengger Cavalry – Blood Sacrifice Shaman (Metal Hell)

OK, if you are already aware of this Mongolian horde then you may think that the title here looks a little familiar. Yes, indeed this was the title of their debut full length back in 2010, but no this is… Continue Reading →

Exodus – Blood In, Blood Out (Nuclear Blast)

The weak guitar sound fights its way through white noise for the first minute and a half of “Black 13”, but once it breaks out… the magic begins. I later read that the intro was created by Dan the Automator… Continue Reading →

Blood And Sun – White Storms Fall (Pesanta Urfolk)

Minnesotans Blood And Sun may or may not like the description (I have no idea, but some people can be touchy about it), but to me we are very, very firmly in neo-folk territory here. A bit of Weh, a… Continue Reading →

Waldgeflüster – Meine Fesseln (Bindrune Recordings)

Waldgeflüster (‘Forest Whispers’ for non-fluent German speakers like myself who were worried about having their err… ‘waldges’ flustered), started out as being the solo black metal project of multi-instrumentalist Winterherz in 2005. This is his third full length album, featuring… Continue Reading →

Irminsul – Fäder (Purity Through Fire)

Irminsul are one of those bands whose sound consists on a mix of folk, pagan and viking metal, but unlike a lot of others practicing these styles, they’ve also managed to enter the realms of progressive music in their second… Continue Reading →

Death Angel – The Dream Calls For Blood (Nuclear Blast)

I’ll be the first to admit that their 2010 release passed me by completely unnoticed, which is strange as “Confused” is the reason that I listen to Bay Area Thrash in the first place. And if this album is anything… Continue Reading →

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