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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 →

Paolo Spaccamonti – Volume Quattro (Escape from Today)

The sleeve’s artwork tells us everything we need to know here. Paolo Spaccamonti is known as a film score composer and avant-garde musician, so I was on alert for something artistic, different and creative. The eleven pieces take us to… Continue Reading →

Madvice – Everything Comes To An End (Time To Kill Records)

Madvice are a 4 piece from Italy who have been described as a thrash-melodeath hybrid kind of band. With this in mind, you would expect some cutting riffs, surging paced sections and some massive sounding moments. Whilst these do appear… Continue Reading →

Grevia – Misophonic (Lethal Scissor Records)

Starting with American news clips talking of alleged CIA killings during the Bush administration Grevia unleash 6 tracks of furious Deathgrind. This Sicillian Trio of Vocalist Padride Mercurio, Bassist Vincenzo Frisella and Giorgio Trombino on guitars are no slouches. Joined… Continue Reading →

Darkend – Spiritual Resonance (Dark Essence)

If you have ever seen macabre looking lead singer Animæ in action before, Italian cult act Darkend are not a name you are likely to have forgotten. He popped up in London at the Dome and did some guest vocals… Continue Reading →

Tenebrae In Perpetuum – Anorexia Obscura (Debemur Morti)

After a decade in the shadows, Tenebrae In Perpetuum release their fourth album. Yep, I hold my hands up, I don’t recall them previously but that’s maybe my age. Ok ostensibly they are a one-man project of a gent named… Continue Reading →

Elvenking – Reader Of The Runes – Divinator (AFM)

It has always surprised me that there aren’t more Folk Power Metal bands – the two styles seem to fit together so well. I guess you could argue that many Power Metal bands over the years have had elements of… Continue Reading →

The Rite – The Brocken Fires (Iron Bonehead)

Fancy a dose of morbid black metal, you are in the rite place? This is a fairly new entity who released their debut 5 track EP on cassette format last year in just 100 copies. As is often the case… Continue Reading →

Abhor / Abysmal Grief – Legione Occulta / Ministerium Diaboli (Iron Bonehead)

Here we have two aged and highly revered Italian cult acts uniting on 12” vinyl and digitally under Iron Bonehead’s grotty sign of the black mark. Both have been around since the early to mid 90’s and have a slew… Continue Reading →

Death SS – Rock ‘N’ Roll Armageddon (High Roller)

Things I’ve always loved in music are shock, cheese and the utterly weird, from the early days of Alice Cooper and Arthur Brown to the easy listening Glam style of Sweet, Slade and Wizzard, two of which had cracking Christmas… Continue Reading →

Deflore & Jaz Coleman – Party In The Chaos (Subsound)

If you have never heard of Italian instrumental duo Deflore, well you can no doubt be forgiven. They have never hit my radar despite having four albums out. If however you don’t know who Jaz Coleman is, well shame on… Continue Reading →

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