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Hideous Divinity – Simulacrum (Century Media)

Do you ever hate on bands for the lamest reasons? Well not so much hate but perhaps not care for. In a very ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ sense we all have preconceived judgements when it comes to… Continue Reading →

Infection Code – In.R.I – Argonauta Records

One of the absolutely beautiful things about writing for this site, is the amount of curveballs you get thrown your way when putting your hand up for something you think you’ve got a pretty good understanding of. You often think… Continue Reading →

Dolore – Fantasmi (HPGD Productions)

As I am sure the record label is well aware, horror, pain, gore and death are all key ingredients of any good horror film. So too are decent direction, acting, story and scares but show me as film with everything… Continue Reading →

Hour Of Penance – Misotheism (Agonia)

A few years back I couldn’t be bothered with all that Tech nonsense. Truth be told a lot of it still washes over me now, especially when we’re talking about artists like Tesseract and Periphery. It’s like I enjoy it,… Continue Reading →

Frostmoon Eclipse – Worse Weather To Come (Immortal Frost)

I really don’t think that any genre across history has as interesting a story as that of Black Metal. Even stripping it back to the bare bones of a Satanic presence in music is an exciting past time. Indeed this… Continue Reading →

Lacuna Coil – Black Anima (Century Media Records)

‘Black Anima’ opens with ‘Anima Nera’, a loop of 2 plus minutes of atmospheric, symphonic, mesmerising melody, accompanied by the angelic tones of Cristina Scabbia, a beautiful start to the latest creation from the Italian behemoths, Lacuna Coil. ‘Sword Of… Continue Reading →

Heruka – Turning To Dust (Narcoleptica Productions)

Although active since 2000 it took 18 years for Italian band Heruka to get around to debut album Deception’s End. It was an interesting disc with plenty of ideas going on in it not least due to the heady historic… Continue Reading →

Trrma Charlemagne Palestine – Sssseegmmeentss Frooom Baaari (Becoq Records)

Pardon, did I stutter? Errr, well it would have been far simpler to simply write politely whence this CD came from and said thanks but no thanks it isn’t really for us but then in doing so I would have… Continue Reading →

Deviate Damaen – In Sanctitate Benignitatis Non Miseretur (Masked Dead Records)

Right. I speak not a word of Italian. Or German. I know literally a handful of individual words of Latin. So of course I’m reviewing this. Despite that I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the… Continue Reading →

Esogenesi- S/T (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Formed in 2016, this is the Milan based death / doom metal crew’s debut album and another decent release this year from Indian label Transcending Obscurity Records. Five tracks and forty minutes of sci-fi themed doomy death metal might not… Continue Reading →

ShadowThrone – Elements’ Blackest Legacy (Non Serviam Records)

While this may be the second album by this Italian outfit from Ceccano, it’s my first introduction to their music. Formed by Steph after his departure from Theatres des Vampires and going through a couple line-up changes since their first… Continue Reading →

Psicopompo – Seven Sermons In Stone (Alien Passengers)

Delving right into the experimental underground it would not be surprising if Psicopompo was a completely new name to you as it was to me when I was asked to cover their new release ‘Seven Sermons In Stone.’ This invitation… Continue Reading →

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