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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 →

The Agonist – Five (Napalm)

Canadian act The Agonist probably don’t want the most memorable thing about them being that they are that band whose singer went and joined Arch Enemy. They were quick to come back with new vocalist Vicky Psarakis installed and delivered… Continue Reading →

Soilwork – Death Resonance (Nuclear Blast)

This is a very interesting oddity. I thought I owned everything by Soilwork but I hadn’t taken account of the extra tracks, which were added to the Japanese release of “Stabbing the Drama” (2005), “Sworn to a Great Divide” (2007),… Continue Reading →

Necromancing The Stone – Jewel of The Vile (Metal Blade)

I must start this review with a quick confession. I have lived and breathed metal music since the age of about 10, it has been a huge part of my life. But over the last few years I have had… Continue Reading →

Deadlock – Hybris (Napalm)

German melodic metal / metalcore act Deadlock have been having a right time of it of late. Founding member and harsh singer Joe Prem left back in 2011 and then Drummer Tobias Graf tragically died of cancer aged just 35… 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 →

Suidakra – Realms Of Odoric (AFM)

Hailing from Düsseldorf in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, Suidakra have been plying their trade now for over two decades. Originally ‘Gloryfication’ and delivering a hybrid of thrash and death metal, the four piece changed direction, embracing a more… Continue Reading →

Amon Amarth – Jomsviking (Sony)

For me, the band Amon Amarth immediately conjures up memories of rousing nights of Viking Metal in the 00s. They are one of those bands who have a template sound yet never fail to inspire with their pumping, steaming melodies…. Continue Reading →

VARG – The End Of All Lies (Napalm)

I remember seeing these guys a long time ago at the Garage in Islington, and helping to jump-start their bus after the show as the battery had died. Really nice chaps they are too. But I digress. This is their… Continue Reading →

Solution. 45 – Nightmares in the Waking State – Part I (AFM)

I recognised the band name and remembered that I had heard this band’s first album “For Aeons Past”. I couldn’t remember anything else about it, which wasn’t a very promising start, but I did remember that Solution. 45 are from… Continue Reading →

Octanic – The Mask of Hypocrisy (Into Records)

I don’t normally comment on band names as bands have to have some sort of tag, but Octanic suggests something energetic and high octane. That is what we get here from the Australian band. Listening to “Aeternus Imperium”, which opens… Continue Reading →

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