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Interview – Deinonychus

  Landing at the tail end of last year ‘Ode to Acts of Murder, Dystopia and Suicide’ was an album that wrapped up 2017 with a more than healthy blast of negativity. One could be forgiven for having all but… Continue Reading →

Funeral Winds – Sinister Creed (Avantgarde)

…I get a feeling that 2018 is going to be a good year for fast, furious and brutal black metal… Now, Funeral Winds may take a bit of time getting a full-length record out, but when they do, they don’t… Continue Reading →

Deinonychus – Ode To Acts Of Murder, Dystopia And Suicide (My Kingdom Music)

What a delightful album title, fair warms the cockles and caresses the soul. Well at least someone looking to buy a loved one a present this festering season can’t be excused for making a mistake and it could be given… Continue Reading →

Hooded Priest – The Hour Be None (I Hate Records)

  After my first listen to Hooded Priest’s latest offering, ‘The Hour Be None’, I would have happily sworn that I must be in possession of their previous offerings, maybe at least a couple of albums or EPs; such was… Continue Reading →

Asagraum – Potestas Magicum Diaboli (KVLT Records)

Asagraum are a two piece Black Metal outfit based in the Netherlands. T.Kolsvart blasts from behind the kit whilst Obscura handles low end, guitars and vocals, whilst live they are joined by Mortifero or Makhasanah.  This is the band’s first… Continue Reading →

Ball Noir – Last Serenades (S/R)

A little bit of something different for you. Ball Noir are a Dutch dark folk-metal band, though it’s fair to say that they’re rather more influenced by the golden periods of bands such as our very own My Dying Bride… Continue Reading →

Epica – The Solace System (Nuclear Blast)

It’s bordering on bragging really isn’t it? Epica had SO many tracks for previous album “The Holographic Principal” that the unused songs get their own 6 track EP. And as the high quality of these “rejected” songs now see the… Continue Reading →

Wederganger / Urfaust – Split (Ván Records)

I’ve been a fan of Wederganger since I saw them at Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2016, and I have heard a lot of good things about Urfaust and have been keen to check them out, but somehow, I have never got… Continue Reading →

Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten (Season of Mist)

Like an extravagant dessert, Carach Angren are back. These men from The Netherlands are never backward in coming forward and presenting their theatrical, horror-laden, over the top version of black metal. Here we go again with “Dance and Laugh Amongst… Continue Reading →

Dreamwalkers Inc – The Antithetic Affiliation (Layered Reality Productions)

Dreamwalkers Inc is the band project of Tom de Wit from The Netherlands. I’ve come to regard The Netherlands as the epicentre of Prog, not least because ProgPower Europe is held there. Dreamwalkers Inc put on a very nice show… Continue Reading →

Distillator – Summoning the Malicious (Empire Records)

This is these Dutch thrashers second album, part of a trilogy which in this case deals with subjects concerning the past and present, which is apparently meant to raise questions about the future of our planet. From the opening track… Continue Reading →

God Dethroned – The World Ablaze (Metal Blade)

Dutch death metal band God Dethroned are a band I remember well from the late 90s and early 00s. I didn’t realise they were still going until I saw this. There is a reason for that, as “The World Ablaze”… Continue Reading →

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