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Forever Still – Breathe In Colours (Nuclear Blast)

Forever Still have flourished since they burst out of the blocks in 2013, and this Danish animal has established a solid and robust fan base within their genre, partly to their unwavering touring commitments and prestigious support slots with behemoths… Continue Reading →

Tantal – Ruin (Mazzar Records)

So this new Tantal album came my way and as I always like to do before I embark on a review, I read what the label/promotions agency have to say about the band. What instantly intrigued (and amused) me about… Continue Reading →

Hexed – Netherworld (Vicisolum)

Sweden is a damn fine place for Heavy Metal – it has been for many years. So many Metal bands of so many genres have hailed from it’s musically fertile territories and it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome another one,… Continue Reading →

Cellar Darling – This Is The Sound (Nuclear Blast)

The first thing to remember, right before you play this album is that it must be judged on it’s own merits and is nothing to do with Eluveite. Just because the three members, Anna Murphy (vocals, hurdy-gurdy), Merlin Sutter (drums)… Continue Reading →

Diabulus In Musica – Dirge For The Archons (Napalm)

In Symphonic Metal circles it’s hard to find a more diverse and all encompassing band than Diabulus In Musica and this Spanish band look set to cram even more in with their 4th album sporting the come-and-buy-me title of “Dirge… Continue Reading →

Lacuna Coil – Delirium (Century Media)

As soon as “The House of Shame” begins I am wondering whether I’ve been given the right album. Andrea Ferro’s roaring is far angrier than I was expecting it to be, but as soon as Cristina Scabbia joins in I… Continue Reading →

Sylvaine – Wistful (Season of Mist)

Following on from my last review of Prag 83’s wonderfully folky ‘Metamorphoses’, we continue our stay on Planet Mellow with ‘Wistful’, the second album from female multi-instrumentalist Sylvaine. Released through Season of Mist, ‘Wistful’ is a beguiling mix of experimentation,… Continue Reading →

Nemesea – Uprise (Napalm)

So, does anyone out there remember the 12 minute closing track on Epica’s last album? It was all technical prowess, grandiose arrangements, big orchestration and complexity. Well forget that – what about if you could have a similar sound but… Continue Reading →

Metal Allegiance – S/T (Nuclear Blast)

I’m never really too sure whether assembling a bunch of musicians and getting them to play some songs together is going to actually produce something worth listening to. Sometimes it works, other times not so much. Thankfully this is an… Continue Reading →

Fairy – Vinterverv (SR)

If you’re ever going to discover new music, you’ve got to roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty. And so it was I found myself clutching the latest copy of Vinterverv by Fairy, a band that promises to… Continue Reading →

Morodh – The World of Retribution (Witching Hour)

Originally started as a one man Black Metal project, Morodh was the brainchild of guitarist Ragnaar. He is joined on this debut full length journey into Depressive Black Metal by drummer Andreas, bassist Anthart and  Astaroth on vocals. For anyone… Continue Reading →

Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo (Century Media)

During their twentieth year of existence Lacuna Coil are releasing their seventh full length album amid the recent announcements that after 16 years guitarist Cristiano ‘Pizza’ Migliore and drummer Cristiano ‘Criz’ Mozzati have decided to retire from the band. Opening… Continue Reading →

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