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The Monolith Deathcult – V2 Vergelding (Human Detonator Records)

Although their music is nothing short of lethally serious Dutch nutters The Monolith Deathcult have a rare sense of humour in the death metal scene and have never been above cracking the odd joke at their expense either. V2 Vergelding… Continue Reading →

Massa – Walls (S/R)

Four years ago a trio in Rotterdam formed a heavy sludge rock band. This band Massa recognises influences in the likes of the Melvins, Yob, Mogwai and Godspeed. The word “cinematic” is affixed to their work. The scene is set…. Continue Reading →

MaYan – Dhyana (Nuclear Blast)

MaYan are back and still have the symphonic mastermind of Mark Jansen at the helm, although this time he has mixed things up and thrown in the absolute juggernaut that is The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Dhyana is the… Continue Reading →

Iskandr – Euprosopon (Eisenwald)

Black Metal, the header to a never-dwindling, ever-expanding stream of sub-genres for better or for worse. Being the tag fiend that I am I very much enjoy ticking all the genre boxes, much to the dismay of my itunes library… Continue Reading →

Solar Temple – Fertile Descent (Eisenwald)

I think it is fair to say that as far as Dutch death metal is concerned you have a pretty good preconceived idea of the sort of sound you are going to get from it. Black metal from Holland is… Continue Reading →

Fluisteraars / Turia – De Oord (Eisenwald)

Two black metal bands from the forested region of the Netherlands have joined together for this split. “De Oord” refers to a region where two rivers meet, in this case the Rhine and the Waal. With references to rivers and… Continue Reading →

Epica – Epica Vs Attack on Titan (Nuclear Blast)

That old saying, a tale of two halves, couldn’t be more appropriate than with Epica’s latest offering ‘Epica Vs Attack On Titan’. The foundations to the album are constructed of ultimately 4 songs, but duplicated between the 1st half being… Continue Reading →

Hillsphere – Florescence (Layered Reality Productions)

The fact that this album came to me from Tom de Wit’s label screamed Progressive. Actually, no screams, just dreams. I was barely a minute into it, and I found myself floating away. “Florescence” is about growth. This concept album… Continue Reading →

Urfaust – The Constellatory Practice (Van)

You could probably argue that almost all genres of Metal are endlessly dynamic and come with a massive array of sub-genre tags, which is probably what makes the genre as a whole so enticing. However if we are looking for… Continue Reading →

Gnaw Their Tongues – Genocidal Majesty (ConSouling Sounds)

Having averaged an album a year in his 14 year career span under the guise Gnaw Their Tongues, alongside involvement in a massive six other musical projects, Mories is easily the busiest man in European alternative music. Never being too… Continue Reading →

Death Alley – Superbia (Century Media)

Retro rock is being churned out like seaside rock in a sweetie factory in mainland Europe these days. It just depends whether Sabbath or Jefferson Airplane is written through the middle.  It either floats your tie dyed boat or it doesn’t…. Continue Reading →

Pestilence – Hadeon (Hammerheart)

What makes a legendary band? Is it enough to be ahead of your time? Or is it simply about writing great music? So many questions to answer all with an array of deep answers. To me a legendary band is… Continue Reading →

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