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Mourning Sign – Contra Mundum (Orchestrated Misery Recordings)

There was definitely something in the Swedish water during the early Nineties, when (and where) melodic progressive death metal sprung forth in quite a prolific manner, setting the scene for further bastardisations of metal as we know it. Whilst luminaries… Continue Reading →

Suidakra – Cimbric Yarns (AFM)

Celtic Metal, Viking Metal, Pirate Metal, there are a whole hogwash of fantastically made up genre tags that seem to bear almost no meaning. I am often infuriated when people refer to Amon Amarth, (later) Bathory and TYR as Viking… Continue Reading →

Them – Manor Of the Se7en Gables (SPV)

Trans-Atlantic Power/Thrash outfit Them have returned once more, bringing with them another host of supernaturally inclined songs detailing the continued trials of the warlock K.K Fossor. 2016’s ‘Sweet Hollow’ began this tormented tale and it continues on at the Manor… Continue Reading →

Interview – Skeletonwitch

Since 2003 Skeletonwitch have been an unwavering musical force, releasing an album every few years with a consistency that suggested their line-up was one of impenetrable solidarity. Fast forward to 2015 and the band shocked fans by parting ways with… Continue Reading →

Halcyon Way – Bloody But Unbowed (Agonia)

American Metal band Halcyon Way have been defying categorization and side-stepping musical labels for over 10 years now and this 4th full-length offering continues to challenge critic’s carefully laid out boundaries. If Metal genres were neat wooden fences, Halcyon Way… Continue Reading →

Arthedain – Infernal Cadence Of The Desolate (Naturmacht)

I think this is the debut full length from this Czech Republic group, after a couple of EPs, and as such from the off with ‘A Testament To Failure’ I’m impressed with the full on sound they have created even… Continue Reading →

Hoth – Astral Necromancy (Epicurus Records)

I must confess I am a man of extremes and when it comes to music I always have been, from my teenage years and the race to find the heaviest band on earth to my later adoration for Brutal Death… 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 →

Kalmah – Palo (Spinefarm)

Blood Ran Cold’ opens up the album ‘Palo’ with a majestic and almost poetic like power base, on which intricate and technical musicianship is portrayed with exacting precision. Pekka Kokko then kicks in with growling vocals which are powerful and… Continue Reading →

Barren Earth – A Complex Of Cages (Century Media)

It doesn’t seem like it’s already been 3 years since they released ‘On Lonely Towers’, but that could be more about the fact that for some reason or other I tend to leave my Barren Earth discography on the USB… Continue Reading →

In Vain – Currents (Indie Recordings)

Anything with Jens Bogren in charge of production means high quality and high output. This is the man responsible, amongst others, for works by Opeth, Devin Townsend, Dimmu Borgir and In Vain. This is In Vain’s fourth album release. Sure… Continue Reading →

Damnation Defaced – Invader From Beyond (Apostasy Records)

After releasing ‘Beyond the Pale’ in 2010 and ‘The Infernal Tremor’ in 2015, this German quintet now have their third album hitting the shelves, as it were. “Niom: 004d004f0049004e” opens the album with a couple weird shaker sounds that flitter… Continue Reading →

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