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Juniper Grave – Of Hellions & Harridans (Wasted State Records)

Firmly rooted in the psychedelic rock tradition of the ‘70s with influences of occult artists like Blood Ceremony and Jex Thoth, Juniper Grave’s debut album “Of Hellions & Harridans” promises us tales of forgotten folklore and prophecies of doom. The… Continue Reading →

Mansion – First Death Of The Lutheran (I Hate)

Seems an age since I reviewed anything on I Hate, so this was a nice change. Maybe I’ve been shying away from doom recently as it becomes a never ending morass of stagnating seventies retreads. Or maybe I’ve been too… Continue Reading →

Vanishing Kids – Heavy Dreamer (Svart Records)

Ever imagined what it would sound like if Windhand jammed with Chelsea Wolfe? Vanishing Kids’ “Heavy Dreaming” might just be your answer. Founded by Nikki Drohomyreky and Jason Hartman (Jex Thoth) in 2000, the band from Wisconsin, USA, now contains… Continue Reading →

Vouna – ST (Artemisia Records)

Apparently mugwort, wormwood and sagebrush all belong to the Asteraceae genus of plants scientifically known as Artemisia. It’s also the name of new label founded by Wolves In The Throne Room so all ecologically sound and biodegradable I am sure…. Continue Reading →

Haunted – Dayburner (Twin Earth Records)

Firstly, let me warn you that those of you who were looking forward to or expecting some Sleep style guerilla release of Swedish Extreme metal, like me, you’d be wrong. This is Haunted, Italian purveyors of some classic occult tinged… Continue Reading →

Spiral Skies – Blues For A Dying Planet (AOP Records)

It’s been 3 years, but finally following the success of their debut EP “A Queendom To Come”, Swedish Retro-rockers Spiral Skies present their first full-length album. It was certainly well worth the wait as it is a veritable cornucopia of… Continue Reading →

Hands of Orlac / The Wandering Midget – Split (Cruz Del Sur)

I don’t know if there’s some cryptic message here that only truly makes sense when you’re seriously stoned, but something feels so fitting about the collaboration between The Wandering Midget and Hands of Orlac as if the two, albeit imaginary… Continue Reading →

Lisa Cuthbert – Hextapes (Iron Bonehead)

This album arrived and immediately induced a sense of slight shame that I didn’t know the name Lisa Cuthbert, as she has worked with an extraordinarily wide range of bands from Marillion through The Sisters Of Mercy to Draconian and… Continue Reading →

Luciferian Light Orchestra – Black (Svart)

The name threw me first of all – a satanic Electric Light Orchestra perhaps? A Jeff Lynne-alike doing Metal versions of ‘Mr Blue Sky’ or ‘The Diary Of Horace Wimp’? Actually that might be quite interesting…but no, it’s not ELO… Continue Reading →

Funeral Marmoori – The Deer Woman (Minotauro)

When I pulled this disc out of its packaging I was instantly bewitched by its cover-art. The image attributed to Francesco Menicocci is really rather stunning in its grotesquery and just had me staring at it for ages. Reminding me… Continue Reading →

Seremonia – Kristalliarkki (Svart)

You will know this band well if you are into the likes of Blood Ceremony, Jex Thoth and Jess and the Ancient Ones This is the bands third full length release, so there is an expectation about this record. There’s a… Continue Reading →

Cold In Berlin – The Comfort Of Loss And Dust (Candlelight)

After hearing and enjoying two albums by Cold In Berlin it was particularly interesting filling in the gaps and seeing the band live for the first time when they played the Candlefest last year. Cast somewhat adrift amidst bands more… Continue Reading →

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