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Batushka – Hospodi (Metal Blade)

It’s the black metal spat that has divided the metal fraternity. Well, not really. Most people already seem to have decided – fairly or unfairly – which side of the fence they are on in the ‘Trve’ versus ‘Fake’ Batushka… Continue Reading →

Vulture – Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves (Metal Blade)

In an era when metal has taken on so many forms it’s somehow comforting to think back to thrash metal as one of the genre’s purest. Who can argue with Fistful of Metal, Feel The Fire and Kill ‘Em All?… Continue Reading →

Tanith – In Another Time (Metal Blade)

Certainly an apt album title! Tanith are really going for that “In Another Time” vibe (man…), and there is plenty about their sound that is indeed from another era. They are certainly not your usual Metal Blade type band (a… Continue Reading →

Fractal Universe – Rhizomes Of Insanity (Metal Blade)

Progressive Death Metal is a tough genre, especially the more exotic side of it. I’ve said this several times in the past few years and I will stand by that statement. It’s inherently complex nature, straddling the boundaries of several… Continue Reading →

Abnormality – Sociopathic Constructs (Metal Blade)

Hailing from the north east corner of the USA, Abnormality initially turned my head with sophomore album “Mechanisms Of Omniscience” in 2016. They stood out from the usual mediocre deathcore /slam melting pot by combining well-honed technical chops with a… Continue Reading →

Arch/Matheos – Winter Ethereal (Metal Blade)

When founding Fates Warning members John Arch (vocals) and Jim Matheos (guitar) re-united for a full album in 2011 it was a genuinely nice moment in Progressive Metal history. As any fans of Fates Warning will know, John Arch left/was… Continue Reading →

Exumer – Hostile Defiance (Metal Blade)

Returning once again to bring the Teutonic Thrash fury, Exumer are here with ‘Hostile Defiance’, the follow up to the impressive 2016 release; “The Raging Tides”. Exposition isn’t really necessary here because face it, Teutonic Thrash metal is something easily… Continue Reading →

Whitechapel – The Valley (Based On True Events) (Metal Blade Records)

I was surprised to see that it has been three years since this US deathcore outfits last album, “Mark Of The Blade”, an album I particularly enjoyed due to its evolution into realms not touched on prior albums, such as… Continue Reading →

AntropomorphiA – Merciless Savagery (Metal Blade)

Naked lady on cover and no doubt very cold by the looks of it and plenty more uses of the letter v instead ov f, yep AntropomorphiA are back. It seem like only yesterday since we were discussing Sermon Ov… Continue Reading →

Tyr – Hel (Metal Blade)

The Faroe Islands’ number one export, Folk Metallers Týr (pronounced ‘Twyre’, ‘Twore’ or sort of ‘Thfffthttf’ by Icelanders of the writer’s acquaintance who, inevitably, are cousins of the band) have returned with their eighth studio album ‘Hel’ celebrating twenty years… Continue Reading →

Downfall of Gaia – Ethic of Radical Finitude (Metal Blade)

Downfall of Gaia’s towering tremolo-soaked excursions should be enough to drown even the hardest of hearts in the band’s emotional vortex. The mix of post-black metal and cascading, sludgy breakdowns provide an excursion that feels both familiar and intriguingly unique… Continue Reading →

Revocation – Deathless (Metal Blade)

The Boston, Massachusetts band Revocation have been around for a number of years now. I recall first seeing their name in a copy of Terrorizer – probably around the time they started – and being taken with their decidedly old… Continue Reading →

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