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Laster – Het Wassen Oog (Prophecy)

Laster, who originate from Utrecht in the Netherlands, are an interesting band. Atmospheric black metal is probably the most mundane description of their music. It is said to have come with elements of avant-garde, post-and jazz rock, art pop and… Continue Reading →

Interview – Tom de Wit (Dreamwalkers Inc, Layered Reality Productions)

Tom de Wit is a busy man. From Amersfoort in the Netherlands, he owns up to “making stuff and doing things” in the field of music, words, audio, video and web design. Progman Tom’s main musical project is Dreamwalkers Inc… Continue Reading →

Nusquama – Horizon Ontheem (Eisenwald)

A bit of Dutch black metal never did anyone any harm, and here we have some from Nusquama, whose members play with Fluisteraars, Laster and Turia. “De Aarde Dorst” starts and continues with magnificent, fiery intensity. Hairs are made to… Continue Reading →

No Man’s Valley – Outside The Dream (Tonzonen Records)

Ave Noctem is a site that prides itself about being unbeholden to any payment, any sponsors, and bringing you the best “extreme and atmospheric music”, amongst other goals. Well, Holland’s own, or is that “The Netherlands own”?, I can never… Continue Reading →

Omgeving – Wijde Wijdte (Hypnotic Dirge)

Instrumental albums and artists used to really bug me, I can’t quite put my finger on why they just did. Perhaps it was the fact that I didn’t have much time or care for more progressive sounds, or maybe it… Continue Reading →

Dreamwalkers Inc – First Re-draft (Layered Reality Productions)

I don’t think Tom de Wit, the inspiration behind Dreamwalkers Inc, is capable of creating anything less than substantial. “First Re-draft” is no exception. This is a very thoughtful person, who lives and breathes prog and the emotional waves that… Continue Reading →

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 →

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