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Firespawn – Abomination (Century Media Records)

There is a train of thought that when well established band members invest their time, skill and energy into a new project,that said ability can be spread too far, even when you have such elite members that comprise this Swedish… Continue Reading →

Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 2, Oslo Norway 30/3/18

I was greeted by clear blue skies on Friday so took the opportunity to take in Oslo’s waterfront and let the hangover clear. The day quickly passed and I soon found myself in the photopit at Rockefeller waiting for Swedish… Continue Reading →

Necrophobic – Mark Of The Necrogram (Century Media)

Eight albums over almost three decades doesn’t feel like enough for a band that is part of the fabric of the Swedish extreme metal scene and has been active pretty much the whole time. But the history of Necrophobic is… Continue Reading →

Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse (Century Media)

Black metal maniacs Watain should need no introduction having been at the forefront of the extreme music underground for several years, gaining notoriety for their abrasive live shows as well as their vitriolic studio outpourings. It is hard to believe… Continue Reading →

Nazghor – Infernal Aphorism (Non Serviam)

It, quite rightly, takes a lot for a black metal album to impress these days. So when one lands from a Swedish band with five albums already under their belt, you can’t help but brace for a journeyman effort with… Continue Reading →

Firespawn – The Reprobate (Century Media)

If you’re not familiar with Firespawn then let me enlighten you. The band members are a veritable who’s who of Swedish death metal, featuring members of Unleashed, Entombed AD, Necrophobic & Skineater. As solid a pedigree as you’ll find in… Continue Reading →

Phazm – Scornful of Icons (Osmose)

Next in line for the bands-who-should-be-bigger award this year is Phazm who, arguably, only have themselves to blame after an eight year hiatus that is the sort of thing that can only really be career limiting for a band still… Continue Reading →

Interview – Entombed A.D.

Well documented kerfuffles caused the implosion of one of the most respected and veteran Swedish death metal bands Entombed and we were worried that it was going to be a case of them resting in pieces for a while. Steely… Continue Reading →

Incineration Festival – Camden London 9/5/15

This festival hardly started small but in the space of a year has grown substantially and moved up from The Garage to no less than four venues in the heart of Camden. With 30 bands playing over the course of… Continue Reading →

Ars Irae – Dunkle Klänge (Quality Steel)

German blackened death metallers Ars Irae hit us with a second album of cleverly written songs that venture into uncharted territories. The riff in the opener “Des Jägers Fluch” is excellent, very catchy and backed by throaty vocals that sit… Continue Reading →

Unleashed – Dawn of the Nine (Nuclear Blast)

Believe it or not,  this is full length studio album number twelve from Johnny Hedlund and his bunch of merry men. Considering they’ve had a career spanning over 25 years, I suppose you could say they’ve been fairly consistent to… Continue Reading →

Grafvitnir – Semen Serpentis (Carnal Records)

Grafvitnir are a black metal band in the grim, frostbitten and occult-laced Swedish tradition and this second outing commences like a howling, spirit-infested hurricane. In fact, speed and searing melody are pretty much a constant throughout as the band adheres… Continue Reading →

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