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Crimson Moon – Mors Vincit Omnia (Debemur Morti)

Yes, of course, death conquers all. It’s good to remind oneself of that fact now and again. Death is the great equalizer and life is precious only because there is death constantly hanging above it. What you do with your… Continue Reading →

Incineration Festival 2018 – Photo Gallery (London Dome and Boston Arms)

There was an unfortunate and total lack of communication regarding Incineration Festival this year which resulted in a reviewer with SLR down for the event. We won’t say more than that on the issue but one of our team was… Continue Reading →

Cultes Des Ghoules – Coven, or Evil Ways Instead Of Love (Hells Headbangers)

Slithering and oozing out of Poland circa 2004, the strange and sinister Cultes Des Ghoules impressed with their first two albums Häxan (2008) and Henbane (2013). The latter was described as “dramatic horror fuelled black metal from a band who… Continue Reading →

Saligia – Fønix (Ván)

If you didn’t know Saligia is a mnemonic for the seven deadly sins in Latin which are superbia, avaritia, luxuria, invidia, gula, ira and acedia as the Norwegian duo of Ahzari (vocals, guitar and bass) and V (drums) deliver five… Continue Reading →

Blackosh – Whores, Booze & Black Metal (Iron Bonehead)

Formed in 2010 by Root founder Petr “Blackie” Hošek, Blackosh was conceived as a vehicle by which he could recapture the vibe of his former band’s vibrant early ’90s works. Having evolved gradually around a core of maniacs the band… Continue Reading →

Black Metal Evolution Of The Cult – Dayal Patterson (Feral House)

It’s fair to say that most books and indeed films tackling the subject of black metal are woefully inadequate. They are either put together by outsiders trying to look in and not fully understanding or integrating with the subject matter,… Continue Reading →

Drudkh & Winterfylleth – Thousands Of Moons Ago/The Gates + Drudkh Eastern Frontier In Flames (Season Of Mist)

When are two EPs not two EPs? When it’s Ukrainian masters of their own destiny Drudkh, it seems. You see three quarters of the Winterfylleth split also make up three sevenths of the Eastern Frontier In Flames EP, with the… Continue Reading →

Avenger – Bohemian Dark Metal (Deathgasm)

Once I managed to determine the band logo, which even with a degree in BM logography was a humdinger, I was slightly confused as I would normally have associated the name Avenger with some sort of NWOBHM band. I would… Continue Reading →

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