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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 →

Ensiferum – Two Paths (Metal Blade)

It’s often said that Ensiferum need no introduction, and it’s true. If you were having a small soiree or bijou shindig one evening, you’d just know they’d arrived. The long-boat dragged onto the front lawn is an obvious clue, as… Continue Reading →

Arch Enemy – Will To Power (Century Media)

Another behemoth release from the current front runners in Swedish Melodeath. It’s the second release for these metal giants, with vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, and the first with new boy, ex nevermore legend, Jeff Loomis, on the strings. Arch Enemy launch… Continue Reading →

Wolvenguard – Elemental Reclamation (S/R)

Here’s a tempting treat for anyone whose tastes linger at the blackened end of the melodic death metal spectrum – Amon Amarth, Kataklysm, Immortal. Yes, you say, but I’ve listened to all that Viking death metal stuff a thousand times,… Continue Reading →

Divine Element -Thaurachs Of Borsu (I, Voidhanger)

Divine Element is the brainchild of two musicians from the south-eastern reaches of Europe. Formed in Athens but now based between Athens and Budapest, the duo consists of multi-instrumentalist Ayloss (Spectral Lore) and vocalist/bassist Alchemist. Featuring some session members who… Continue Reading →

Unleash The Archers – Apex (Napalm)

Still resolutely having nothing to do with peach schnapps or BBC Radio 4, Canadian Metallers Unleash The Archers unleash (obviously…) their much anticipated fourth album. Ready to pound and plunder in equal measure, the band continue to straddle Metal territory… Continue Reading →

GraVil – No More Forgiveness (S/R)

I have vague recollections of this lot’s early demos passing through these parts for coverage on an earlier website around 2008-9. Even if not from the music the artwork and name certainly rang a bell but what was said and… Continue Reading →

Skulldrain – Hatred Rising (Vicisolum)

Scandinavia are no strangers to metal which is off the aggressive kind. The birthplace of the melodic death metal genre, the home of the famed ‘Gothenburg Sound’ and some of the grimmest, doomiest and blackest metal out there. What we… Continue Reading →

Craving – By the Storm (Apostasy Records)

I first heard Craving from Germany earlier this year on Sex to 9 with Maria on TotalRock and promptly got At Dawn their 2013 album. Craving mix up Power metal, Folk Metal and Melodic Death/ Black Metal to create a… Continue Reading →

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