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Anubis Gate – Covered in Colours (Nightmare Records)

Tributes to other bands can be very interesting, and there is great potential for talented bands to interpret good songs and make them better. Anubis Gate is a talented band. I interviewed the band’s amiable multi-instrumentalist Kim Oleson a few… Continue Reading →

Blacklab – Abyss (New Heavy Sounds)

The band name gives it away. Fuzz-laden heavy doom is what Blacklab purvey. This is the second release from the so-called Dark Witch Doom duo from Japan. Off we go into “Insanity”. The vibe is totally dark and heavy. It… Continue Reading →

Invictus – The Catacombs of Fear (FDA Records)

Wow they are a lot of bands called Invictus! A quick search on Encyclopaedia Metallum unearths 10. Are they all such fans of Matt Damon and rugby I wonder? This particular Invictus are a three piece Death Metal band from… Continue Reading →

Gorevent – Fate (Comatose)

Asia is a real hive of Extreme Metal activity, and more precisely Slam, Brutal Death and Goregrind. From Butcher ABC to Vomit Remnants, Glossectomy and beyond Asia has become a prime spot for this kind of barbarity. Why? Well of… Continue Reading →

Envy – The Fallen Crimson (Pelagic Records)

I feel somewhat of a fraud starting to type these words out and I’ll explain why. As a self-confirmed fan of bands such as Jesu, Mogwai, Thursday, ISIS the band and all of the other bands that make up that… Continue Reading →

Defiled – Infinite Regress (Season Of Mist)

I initially thought that this Japanese band was familiar to me only to find that I have not heard them before but after this album I will be checking out their back catalogue. This album captures the essence of brutal… Continue Reading →

Coffins – Beyond the Circular Demise (Relapse Records)

Heavy metal, eh? She’s a queer old mistress, I reckon. I’ve been into metal as my primary musical love since I can remember, and she’s got so much to offer. Sometimes, I need to hear her in her most complex… Continue Reading →

Friendship – Undercurrent (Southern Lord)

It’s a familiar trope of lazy, hackneyed critiquing to take the geographical origins of any band you’re lucky enough to review and wrap your 500 words around tired cultural clichés and pass that off as inspired and insightful reviewing. That… Continue Reading →

Anthem – Nucleus (Nuclear Blast)

Anthem should be a name more familiar with long-term Heavy Metal fans than they appear to be. I apologize to anyone who is already in the know, but bear with me while I remind everyone else that Anthem were one… Continue Reading →

Mono – Nowhere Now Here (Pelagic Records)

Post-rock is dead. There, I’ve said it. The genre has been creatively bleeding out for years now with repetition after repetition and a total lack of new and creative ideas, making one release sound much like every other. However, when… Continue Reading →

Sigh – Heir To Despair (Candlelight)

Anybody fancy a slice of fruitcake, best grab a jug of saké to wash it down with as this is an album that is going to be hard to digest even by arch nutters Sigh’s standards. The band never exactly… Continue Reading →

Blacklab – Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0 (New Heavy Sounds)

I was pleased to see this crop up in the review lists as a friend had highlighted the name Blacklab a while back and for once it has lodged in my tiny brain. Blacklab are a guitar/vocals and drum duo… Continue Reading →

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