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Asphodelia – Welcome Apocalypse (Mighty Music)

Asphodelia – Welcome Apocalypse (Mighty Music)

This work of dark symphonic metal is Italian band Asphodelia’s first full album release. This surprised me as I heard the opening title track. Confident and powerful to the core, the build up is both symphonic and epic. There’s a power metal reverb, and a.. Read More
Master Boot Record - Direct Memory Access (Blood Music)

Master Boot Record – Direct Memory Access (Blood Music)

Master Boot Record deserves your attention for many reasons. I can only point out some of them here, because you most likely don’t have the time or the patience for a lengthy essay. But hopefully, after you’ve read this, you will have an idea about.. Read More
Messa - Feast for Water (Aural Music)

Messa – Feast for Water (Aural Music)

Messa are a young band from Italy, and Feast for Water is their second album. In Italian messa means mass, as in religious ceremony. The mass the band celebrates on their new album revolves around water, the element in which life began and without which.. Read More
Hortus Animae – Piove Sangue Live In Banska Bystriae (Aesthetic Death)

Hortus Animae – Piove Sangue Live In Banska Bystriae (Aesthetic Death)

I personally discovered Hortus Animae (The Garden Of The Soul) via last album ‘Secular Music in 2014 although the Italian band had been going since 1997. It came from an unlikely source at least for a ‘progressive black metal’ band via Flicknife Records who are.. Read More
Necrodeath – The Age Of Dead Christ (Scarlet / Terror From Hell)

Necrodeath – The Age Of Dead Christ (Scarlet / Terror From Hell)

Although Necrodeath have been going since 1985 it was after they took a ten year break that I originally discovered them through their comeback album Mater Of All Evil. It was hardly surprising our paths would cross due to the fact that vocalist Flegias was.. Read More
Charun – Mundus Cereris (Third I Rex)

Charun – Mundus Cereris (Third I Rex)

Sardinian band Charun, not to be confused with Finland’s Charon, are a post rock band. The fact that Isis’s James Plotkin mastered this album says much. After getting us firmly into the groove with a swampy start, “Malacoda” sends us into epic and emotional worlds.. Read More
Tony Tears – Demons Crawl At Your Side (Minotauro Records)

Tony Tears – Demons Crawl At Your Side (Minotauro Records)

Since covering the extensive three and a half hour boxed set ‘Music From The Astral Worlds (2000-2014)’ I seem to have adopted Tony Tears for review duties as well as picking up Abysmal Grief, a project that he and fellow band member Regen Graves both.. Read More
Abysmal Grief – Blasphema Secta (Terror From Hell)

Abysmal Grief – Blasphema Secta (Terror From Hell)

Italy has a very proud and revered history of both horror films and occultist themed doom and Abysmal Grief have been melding both together with spine chilling finesse since the late 90’s. It took me till last album ‘Strange Rites Of Evil’ at the tail.. Read More
Malvento – Pneuma (Third I Rex)

Malvento – Pneuma (Third I Rex)

I should feel guilty for never coming across Malvento in their 20 odd years of existence but then again there are many “cult Italian” acts so shrouded in obscurity within the underground that there are no shortage of them to discover. Malvento have been around.. Read More
The Clearing Path – Watershed Between Firmament and the Realm of Hyperborea (I, Voidhanger)

The Clearing Path – Watershed Between Firmament and the Realm of Hyperborea (I, Voidhanger)

Gunning for longest album title of the year contender with a late entry comes The Clearing Path with, er, well, let’s just call it ‘Watershed’. (Ok, I realise that this is black metal and the consumption of an entire Thesaurus before spewing out an album.. Read More
Seventh Genocide – Toward Akina (Third I Rex)

Seventh Genocide – Toward Akina (Third I Rex)

Black metal, more than any other genre, has produced some of the finest hybridisations of sub-genres resulting in some of the most intelligent, beguiling and intrinsically fascinating albums. I am very much of the school that the setting and mood is critical for listening to.. Read More
Lento – Fourth (Consouling Sounds)

Lento – Fourth (Consouling Sounds)

Thunderously industrial sounds resonate. An alarm is going. I think Lento are telling us that they’re very heavy. This band from Rome promises us a mesmerising, apocalyptic and mystical journey with their fourth album. There is no time for breath to be taken. Wave upon.. Read More