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Entombed – Live Clandestine (Threeman Records)

Some reviews are easier than others, but when you are asked to retrospectively trawl back through the annals of time to offer your thoughts on a live version of what many would consider to be a stone cold classic, genre… Continue Reading →

Ayreon Universe – Best Of Ayreon – Live (Mascot)

If someone as musically innovative and fan-friendly as Arjen Lucassen is approached to release a ‘Best Of’, it’s pretty fair bet he will find a way to do it differently, in a way that treats his fans to something new…. Continue Reading →

Hortus Animae – Piove Sangue Live In Banska Bystriae (Aesthetic Death)

I personally discovered Hortus Animae (The Garden Of The Soul) via last album ‘Secular Music in 2014 although the Italian band had been going since 1997. It came from an unlikely source at least for a ‘progressive black metal’ band… Continue Reading →

Atlantean Kodex – The Annihilation Of Bavaria (Van Records)

Atlantean Kodex. Bavarian purveyors of the richest epic metal outside of Solstice, writers of lyrics both poetic and rich in academic research. A truly remarkable troupe whose last studio album The White Goddess is a genuine classic. If you know… Continue Reading →

My Sleeping Karma – Mela Ananda (Napalm)

Translating from Hindi, Mela Ananda means “A gathering of bliss”. This is a rather fitting album title for the first live recording by Teutonic instrumental giants My Sleeping Karma in their ten year career. With MSK already receiving some pretty… Continue Reading →

Klone – Unplugged (Pelagic Records)

Coming up to two years ago almost, “Here Comes The Sun” by Poitiers based, French six piece Klone came through my letterbox, and I’ll be honest, it was a tough nut to crack musically and even tougher to review but… Continue Reading →

Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive (S/R)

It’s become increasingly more popular of late for bands to play albums in their entirety live and if it is one with historic importance, why not in my opinion. Fans enjoy it and generally it is a draw that’s enough… Continue Reading →

Saint Vitus – Live Vol. 2 (Season of Mist)

There can be little doubt that one of the doom bands with the greatest mystique and legend surrounding them are Saint Vitus, and after the recording hiatus of 17 years after ‘Die Healing’, their 2012 return with ‘Lillie: F-65’ was… Continue Reading →

Opeth – Lamentations (Music for Nations)

This is a strange release, or re-release in fact of Opeth’s “Lamentations” dvd in album form, especially given that the albums “Deliverance” (2002) and “Damnation” (2003) from which most of this double album comes, were themselves re-released as a double… Continue Reading →

Amenra – Alive (ConSouling Sounds)

It’s rare that I break my rule of never writing in first person, however, I feel I should begin this review with a foreword. This was one of the most difficult reviews I have ever had to write. Trying to… Continue Reading →

Paradise Lost – Symphony For The Lost (Century Media)

While I’ve yet to listen to their new album ‘The Plague Within’ and it’s been quite a while since I was passionate about Paradise Lost, I thought I’d give this album a shot as it contains some good songs from… Continue Reading →

Devin Townsend Project – Devin Townsend Presents: Ziltoid Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Inside Out)

You know exactly who this man is and what this man can do, there is no need for a long winded introduction. The mastermind behind the chaotic and insanely heavy Strapping Young Lad, the voice of Steve Vai’s Sex &… Continue Reading →

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