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Freitod -  Der Unsichtbare Begleiter (Ván)

Freitod – Der Unsichtbare Begleiter (Ván)

This is German dark metal band Freitod’s third album. I remembered the previous one “Regenjahre” (2012), which was compact and powerful yet for me lacked completeness. Listening to “Der Unsichtbare Begleiter” (The Invisible Companion), I find it impossible to get away from the idea that.. Read More
Katatonia - The Fall Of Hearts (Peaceville)

Katatonia – The Fall Of Hearts (Peaceville)

I have followed Sweden’s Katatonia religiously for over two decades and they have given me some of the most brilliant memories within music during that time either with landmark releases or just awe inspiring live performances whether electric or acoustic. Each album Katatonia has released.. Read More
In Mourning – Afterglow (Agonia)

In Mourning – Afterglow (Agonia)

I saw In Mourning play in 2011 at ProgPower Europe, where they put on a slick display of melodic death metal to reinforce the equally impressive album “The Weight of Oceans” (2012). This album sets off in the same mould and it’s easy to see.. Read More
October Tide – Winged Waltz (Agonia)

October Tide – Winged Waltz (Agonia)

Let’s get it out of the way now – October Tide will be forever suffixed with the ‘that band with the old guitarist from Katatonia’ tag which always renders reviewing their material a challenge for a number of reasons. Firstly, this is no mere follow-up.. Read More
Novembre – URSA (Peaceville)

Novembre – URSA (Peaceville)

It’s amazing. I can’t describe it any other way. When one of my absolute favourite bands releases an album after nine years of nothing, at least in the album-releasing sense, it is just amazing. “Classica” (1999), “Novembrine Waltz” (2001), “The Blue” (2007) – each of.. Read More
Motus Tenebrae – Deathrising (My Kingdom)

Motus Tenebrae – Deathrising (My Kingdom)

While this may be my first experience of Italian doomsters Motus Tenebrae, they’ve been together since 2001, a miserabilist five piece that have released an impressive four full length albums prior to this slab of grief. Look, before we get down to the review proper,.. Read More
Swallow the Sun – Songs from the North (Century Media)

Swallow the Sun – Songs from the North (Century Media)

I have heard so many good things about Swallow the Sun over the years but somehow always managed to miss them when they played live. It’s redemption time now as “Songs from the North” is a triple album, each transmitting a different ambience. I immediately.. Read More
Hangman's Chair - This Is Not Supposed To Be Positive (Music Fear Satan)

Hangman’s Chair – This Is Not Supposed To Be Positive (Music Fear Satan)

Well for a start you’ve got to love the title, don’t you? I mean, c’mon; statement of intent or what? Anyway, that aside, if like me you’ve come new and wide eyed to this French quartet of self-styled dope fiend depressives this is their fourth.. Read More
Lik – Mass Funeral Evocation (War Anthem Records)

Lik – Mass Funeral Evocation (War Anthem Records)

Having bashed away at Lik for a few days like a stair-challenged zombie caught in a computer glitch I decided there was only one thing for it. Swedish Death Metal: Trial By Beer. Every time someone bites the dust in verse or chorus – I.. Read More
Daylight Dies – The Candlelight Years (Candlelight)

Daylight Dies – The Candlelight Years (Candlelight)

Considering they formed way back in 1996 it was a surprise to realise that Carolinians Daylight Dies have only released four albums over their extensive career. Obviously they are a band to take their sweet time at things. This re-issue set takes in albums number.. Read More
Kontinuum – Kyrr (Candlelight)

Kontinuum – Kyrr (Candlelight)

It was no hardship to listen to Kontinuum’s 2012 album “Earth Blood Magic” again in preparation for this one. Rightly the Icelandic band’s contribution to “hypnotic and spiritual music noise” received universal claim. “Kyrr” is another album of intrigue, and not inconsiderable melody. It’s impossible.. Read More
A Swarm Of The Sun - The Rifts (Version Studio Records)

A Swarm Of The Sun – The Rifts (Version Studio Records)

With a rather nice digipack CD forwarded to me through the post I was intrigued by the description afforded this Swedish band whose second album is already out and available on all platforms including the resurgent vinyl format. Post rock or post metal or shoe.. Read More