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Novembers Doom – Nephilim Grove (Prophecy Productions)

I always scratch my head when a band has a month in their name and releases an album at a different time of year completely, might just be me but doom in November from Novembers Doom is at least playing… Continue Reading →

Runemagick – Into Desolate Realms (High Roller Records)

Oh, man. I mean: oh maaaaaan. There are bands that play by their own rules, there are real maverick bands, and then there is Runemagick. When I saw this in the review list for Ave Noctum, I could barely contain… Continue Reading →

Pencey Sloe – Don’t Believe, Watch Out (Prophecy)

Pencey Sloe sounds to be the name of a US private detective but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact it is a Parisian musical trio which comes with the approval of Alcest and plays dark and ethereal… Continue Reading →

TheNightTimeProject – Pale Season (Debemur Morti Productions)

I only heard of TheNightTimeProject when doing a recent review of October Tide, and the two bands couldn’t be more different. Alexander Backlund’s vocals are smooth and soothing as they convey their despondence accompanied by his and Fredrik Norrman’s melodiously… Continue Reading →

October Tide – In Splendor Below (Agonia Records)

What I’d like to know is how the first 5 albums by Swedish melodic death/doom metallers October Tide passed me by? Granted I wasn’t even listening to Katatonia when they formed, but it was 20 years ago, so why? I… Continue Reading →

Nailed To Obscurity – Black Frost (Nuclear Blast)

Contrary to their moniker, this German five piece have been plucked from obscurity to release their fourth album with considerable fanfare, after impressing on the European live circuit in recent years. Comparisons have already been made to the early works… Continue Reading →

Décembre Noir – Autumn Kings (Lifeforce)

Autumn is upon us. Rain is pouring from grey skies, leaves are falling from the trees and there is a need for somber, heavy music. Décembre Noir provide for this with their third album “Autumn Kings”, bringing us some joyfully… Continue Reading →

Bloodbath – The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn (Peaceville)

I decided to review this album on a whim, and I’m extremely glad that I did. Being familiar with Katatonia since the late 90s and a fan of Paradise Lost since the early 90s certainly put me in good stead,… Continue Reading →

Hangman’s Chair – Banlieue Triste (Spinefarm)

I first came across this pretty unclassifiable French band with their 2015 album ‘This Is Not Supposed To Be Positive’. As this titles translates to something like ‘Sad Suburb’ you can tell their mood or preoccupations haven’t improved much over… Continue Reading →

Farsot / ColdWorld split – Toteninsel (Lupus Lounge)

This is a fascinating work. “Toteninsel” or “Island of the Dead” is the name of a painting by the Swiss Symbolist artist Arnold Böcklin. This album is based on the imagery of that painting. Farsot, who in their time have… Continue Reading →

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