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Defiled – Toward Inevitable Ruin (Season of Mist)

Brutal death metal. I suppose it makes a lot more sense, stylistically, than melodic death metal does. I’m a so/so fan of the genre, to be honest, being more of an old school death metal kind of guy for the… Continue Reading →

Church of Misery – And Then There Were None (Rise Above)

In the twenty plus years of their existence, like pretty much any band Church of Misery have had some ups and downs; few can be as dramatic as in 2014 when three of the four members quit the band, leaving… Continue Reading →

Zothique – Faith, Hope And Charity (S/R)

I really enjoyed the last self-titled and second album from Japanese nutters Zothique. It kind of came out of nowhere as has the follow up, unexpectedly arriving in the post all the way from the Far East. Zothique do have… Continue Reading →

Barbatos – Straight Metal War (Hells Headbangers)

After years of familiarity with a bunch of oddball horror, sleaze and psychobilly punk rock bands embracing violence, war, peace, sexual depravity and other general lawlessness, it’s difficult not to feel a little bit jaded when you come across a… Continue Reading →

The Happiness Of The Katakuris – Takashi Miike (Arrow)

Regular readers to these film reviews maybe shocked to know that this writer does NOT do Romcoms or Musicals! Of course there is always the odd exception to the rule and if for instance one is made that throws say… Continue Reading →

Cohol – Rigen (Osmose)

Having a band member from Impiety is for me a point of interest, and this is the case here. The band member in question’s time with the Singaporean extremists was in fact short-lived, and Cohol themselves have been going since… Continue Reading →

Sigh – Graveward (Candlelight)

Warning may contain nuts! Yes and it’s rather nutty stories that have helped pave the way towards Japanese loons Sigh’s tenth album. Founding member and guitarist Shinichi Ishikawa was removed from the line up due to the fact that apparently… Continue Reading →

Legion of Andromeda – Iron Scorn (At War With False Noise / Unholy Anarchy)

Ting, ting, ting, dum, dum, dum, plod plod, plod, growl, growl, growl, thump, thump, thump, judder, judder, judder, gibber, gibber, gibber and repeat for 45 minutes and there ladies and gentlemen you have it, welcome to Legion Of Andromeda. I… Continue Reading →

Zothique – The Shadow Of Linxia (SR)

It really surprises me some of the far flung and obscure bands that find their way to us. This CD came unannounced all the way from Japan with a very polite message asking for review consideration along with biography and… Continue Reading →

Vampillia – Some Nightmares Take You Aurora Rainbow Darkness (Candlelight)

Staring at the list of albums to review, I rolled my eyes, sighed and muttered “Oh I don’t know, just give me the weirdshit if no one else wants it… ” So here we are, me and Japanese noise nutters… Continue Reading →

Blind Woman’s Curse – Teruo Ishii (Arrow)

To say Teruo Ishii was a prolific Japanese filmmaker would be one hell of an understatement. Helming over 90 features between 1957 and 2001 the chances are even if you are not aware of him you may well have clashed… Continue Reading →

Baal – Shurado (Metropolis)

Japanese electrometallers Baal already have a couple of EPs out and have done a stint in the USA and this debut sees the bands aggro infested electro mechanized ear battering hitting the world. “Shurado” which means “Scent Of Carnage” showcases… Continue Reading →

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