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Insomnium – Heart Like a Grave (Century Media)

Even though Insomnium have been around for 22 years, have released 8 albums and I have watched them several times live, this is the first album of theirs that I’ve listened to in full. And I can quite happily say… Continue Reading →

Akando – Attack from Ambush (Boersma)

The last time I heard music of Native American heritage and influence was in the early 1970s, when Redbone released a number of pop gems, among them “Witch Queen from New Orleans”, “Wovoka”, “Come and Get Your Love” and the… Continue Reading →

Formicarius – Rending The Veil Of Flesh (Schwarzdorn)

Billed as “the new nobility of British black metal”, Formicarius appear to be suffering an identity crisis. Rising from the ashes of proggy fantasists Phyrexia in 2014, their debut album “Black Mass Ritual” gained the band attention with its symphonic… Continue Reading →

Eternal Storm – Come The Tide (Transcending Obscurity)

Spanish Progressive Melodic Death Metal quartet Eternal Storm initially began life as a band called Death Valley back in 2006. After 3 years, they changed, becoming Eternal Storm and have since spent the past 10 years honing their abilities. With… Continue Reading →

Nightrage – Wolf To Man (Despotz)

Musical trends come and go, listening tastes develop over time and whilst someone may have not been able to get enough of the melodic death metal, Swedish shred of bands such as Arch Enemy and At The Gates in the… Continue Reading →

Aephanemer – Prokopton (Primeval Records)

I only became aware of French band Aphanemer after seeing them live at Warhorns Festival in 2018. Live they really impressed me; a young, energetic and wonderfully musically adept band who looked great on stage and used it well. After… Continue Reading →

Children Of Bodom – Hexed (Nuclear Blast)

It’s been 3 years since the release of ‘I Worship Chaos’, the first CoB album I heard, and admit to still being remiss about going back to listen to their first 8 albums. But then it doesn’t appear that they… Continue Reading →

Demonik – Rise From Chaos (S/R)

Veteran Spanish thrashers Demonik return with their third studio album to celebrate 11 years as a musical force in the Iberian Peninsula. With two full lengths and a double live album behind them, along with a new line-up, the band… Continue Reading →

Soilwork – Verkligheten (Nuclear Blast)

You wouldn’t think that Soilwork could add much to their twenty year portfolio. The sound, aggression and melodic level have transformed subtly over the years but I think most people who know Soilwork have a certain expectation. Well let me… 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 →

Witherfall – A Prelude To Sorrow (Century Media)

The sophomore album by the American melodic metal band Witherfall is a farewell to their former drummer Adam Paul Sagan, who died of lymphoma in 2016. Comprising of song writing duo Jake Dreyer (guitar) and Joseph Michael (vocals, keyboards) with… Continue Reading →

Arsis – Visitant (Agonia)

I personally feel that Melodic Death Metal is under some sort of constant attack, and in part I can understand that. In a lot of ways I view the genre as a sort of bridging gap between underground and mainstream… Continue Reading →

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