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Black Magic – Wizard’s Spell (Dark Essence)

Maybe it’s just me (and invariably when I say that, it has often been known to be), but I feel really edgy and apprehensive when a record label re-issues a release calling it “Legendary” and as with this one, “One… Continue Reading →

Deceased – Ghostly White (Hells Headbangers)

Deceased have been plying their morbid trade on official releases since way back in 1991. It’s been a long, long time since their last full length album, the excellent “Surreal Overdose” back in 2011, but I suspect not even death… Continue Reading →

Lost Tribes Of The Moon – S/T (S/R)

These days, it’s not uncommon for bands to start taking inspiration and influences from the decades which helped create, diversify and cement rock and metal as genres. Many of the doom bands dip into the proto-metal and blues laden classic… 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 →

Road Warrior – Power (Gates of Hell)

My first experience of this Australian band was their two track demo tape ‘Ignition’, this jumped out of the review list so I went for it. As expected, they’ve stuck to their traditional metal influences and laid them bare. For… Continue Reading →

Haunt – Burst Into Flame (Shadow Kingdom)

Delving amongst the underground gems, Haunt have reached a level of response that spreads across the globe, rather than merely in their country of origin. Their recently released short EP ‘Luminous Eyes’ was a good taster, this first full length… Continue Reading →

Crucifyre – Post Vulcanic Black (Pulverised Records)

The Stockholm old-schoolers return with this, their third album, following from their last release, “Black Magic Fire” back in 2014. I have “Black Magic Fire” in my own personal collection, and while I remember enjoying it, I wasn’t completely blown… Continue Reading →

Witchery – I am Legion (Century Media)

Following on from last year’s (get ready for this…) “Bewitching” return in the form of “In His Infernal Majesty’s Service” – their first album in six years – comes “I am Legion”. Witchery are one of those bands who I… Continue Reading →

Attic – Sanctimonious (Van)

Germany’s Attic are set to releases this their first concept album centred around 4 characters in a convent. Namely Sister Alice, Sister Joan, Abbess Margaret and Prioress Clare. The sinister sounds are obviously compared to Mercyful Fate, especially with the… Continue Reading →

Vampire – With Primeval Force (Century Media)

Back with a new line up, the PR blurb goes on to say that the album is not just a follow up to their debut (with an EP in between of course), but an album that will redefine death metal… Continue Reading →

Trial – Motherless (Metal Blade)

Sweden’s Trial had a fantastic outing on their last album ‘Vessel’. For their new release for their new home on Metal Blade, the band have expanded their influences and made inroads towards experimenting with different sounds and feelings. Also a… Continue Reading →

Lucifer’s Chalice – The Pact (S/R)

Featuring members of Uncoffined and Winds of Genocide, this band from Durham in the North East of England provide 4 sinister heavy metal tracks in line with the NWOBHM, Witchfinder General, Pagan Altar and very early Mercyful Fate. The aura… Continue Reading →

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