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Zeresh – Farewell (999 Cuts)

Zeresh is the brainchild of Tamar Singer, as all music was composed, played and produced by her, with the help of a couple guest performers to spice things up a little. and sadly spicing up is required, as the music… Continue Reading →

Arallu – En Olam (Satanath Records)

This brew of Middle Eastern strains and blackened death metal points to Arallu of Israel. And although of different roots from the Vedic metal band Rudra, which is how I originally got to know about them, there are stylistic similarities…. Continue Reading →

Necromishka – The Space Between Us (999 Cuts)

Personally I have dipped into the work of Israeli instrumentalist / vocalist Tamar Singer when her albums have come through for review in the past but they normally go to another to cover. That writer unavailable this time around it… Continue Reading →

Distorted Harmony – A Way Out (S/R)

I had to be reminded that I’d seen Distorted Harmony when they played at ProgPower Europe in 2016. That’s not the most auspicious start but the fact that they were there is good in itself. This nicely packaged album is… Continue Reading →

Arallu – Desert Battles (Raven Music)

My recollection of Arallu’s previous album “Six” (2017) is of colourful and even spiritual elements within a black metal soundscape. “Desert Battles” is in fact a remixed version of an album, which the band first released in 2009. It’s evident… Continue Reading →

Zeresh – Sigh for Sigh (999 Cuts)

Zeresh is a project from Tamar Singer, one half of Israel’s folk noir duo Cruel Wonders, whose ‘Gentle Doom’ album was released last year. An enchanting, but claustrophobic listen, ‘Gentle Doom’ had its folk sensibilities very much to the fore,… Continue Reading →

Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs (Century Media)

When I was younger I spent a lot of time in Israel and during every trip I would eagerly make my way to a record shop and ask the same question. “Do you have any Israeli heavy metal?” On the… Continue Reading →

Cruel Wonders – Gentle Doom (S/R)

How about some folk music? Well, doomy folk noir, to be precise…all the way from Israel. Courtesy of Cruel Wonders, a duo made up of vocalist/guitarist Tamar Singer and Vlad Shusterman, providing the ambience and fuzz, ‘Gentle Doom’ is their… Continue Reading →

Ef / Tiny Fingers – Vāyu (Pelagic Records)

This split-EP is a collaboration between a ten-year old act from Gothenburg and a leading force in the Israeli music scene. With a decade of live performances under their belt, the DIY post-rockers Ef have played with a vast range… Continue Reading →

Hammercult – Legends Never Die (SPV)

So, if you were asked to name an Israeli metal band, my guess is that about 90% of you would automatically think of Orphaned Land. Well, you can now add Hammercult to your Israeli metal bands of note, with this,… Continue Reading →

Winterhorde – Maestro (ViciSolum Records)

This album from the splendid ViciSolum label, which looks after a number of my favourite bands including Persefone and Loch Vostok, has been my companion for the last week. I didn’t know previously about Winterhorde who are from Israel but… Continue Reading →

Ferium – Behind The Black Eyes (S/R)

Israeli death metallers, Ferium have been around for 10 years and have just released their second full length album – “Behind The Black Eyes”. The band have some pretty solid touring under their belt in their homeland and have had… Continue Reading →

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