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Vassafor – Malediction (Iron Bonehead)

Vassafor – Malediction (Iron Bonehead)

It’s funny but I’ve been listening to a lot of late eighties, early nineties stuff recently for the usual confluence of synchronicity reasons. I say funny, but it’s just that it put me in the right mindset to approach NZ two piece band Vassafor. Despite.. Read More
Heresiarch - Death Ordinance (Dark Descent)

Heresiarch – Death Ordinance (Dark Descent)

The last time I encountered the word Heresiarch in a musical context it was with cerebral epic metal clan Atlantean Kodex. It’s safe to say that the band Heresiarch draw no influences from that quarter of Bavaria, but it doesn’t mean that this crushing New.. Read More
Vargafrost – Honour, Blood, Spirit and Love (Naturmacht)

Vargafrost – Honour, Blood, Spirit and Love (Naturmacht)

Vargafrost has managed to perfectly join two parts of the black metal world into one intriguing release with Honour, Blood, Nature and Love (we’ll come back that that title shortly). Whereas some of the best heathen black metal I’ve heard recently has been edging towards.. Read More
Deathgasm - Jason Lei Howden (Studiocanal)

Deathgasm – Jason Lei Howden (Studiocanal)

A heavy metal horror film, should be right up our street. However past experiences of the limited sub-genre have proved this is not necessarily going to be the case. The problem being \\\metal/// per-se sets itself up for ridicule and parody which can be rather.. Read More
Creeping – Revenant (Iron Bonehead)

Creeping – Revenant (Iron Bonehead)

Purveyors of blackened doom since 2004, New Zealand’s Creeping come in to ‘Revenant’ with two well reviewed albums already under their collective belt. Now signed to Iron Bonehead for the vinyl release (Daemon Worship for the CD) of their latest album, they seem all set.. Read More
Bulletbelt - Rise Of The Banshee (Headless Horseman Records)

Bulletbelt – Rise Of The Banshee (Headless Horseman Records)

Any band called Bulletbelt is going to have me clamouring for their album to review immediately as I expect stripped down metal that sweats and bleeds steel. Residing in the Southern Hemisphere, namely New Zealand, this second album of raw metal has a thrash feel.. Read More
Barshasketh – Ophidian Henosis (Blut and Eisen Records)

Barshasketh – Ophidian Henosis (Blut and Eisen Records)

I had heard and read good things about this New Zealand / Scottish band so my hopes were high. To be sure this album, which is basically seven hefty untitled chunks of black metal, carves out its own world and atmospheres through is weighty soundscapes.. Read More
Monsterworks - The Existential Codex (Eat Lead and Die)

Monsterworks – The Existential Codex (Eat Lead and Die)

Monsterworks are a London based four piece who originally hail from Wainuiomata, New Zealand who admit themselves that their style is a mixture of other sub-genres which they have ‘stolen’ to create their sound. The best way to describe them is a progressive metal band.. Read More
Apnea – Ethereal Solitude (Immortal Frost)

Apnea – Ethereal Solitude (Immortal Frost)

Apnea-pauses in breathing often during sleep . A disturbing sight for a partner or parent. Choking, the affected person gasps for air, drowning in their own bed.With these facts in mind I had expected something disturbing and truncated to lie within Ethereal Solitude. The title,.. Read More
Winter Deluge – As The Earth Fades Into Obscurity (Frozen Blood Industries)

Winter Deluge – As The Earth Fades Into Obscurity (Frozen Blood Industries)

Originally released on CD by the band themselves a couple of years ago, the debut album of Winter Deluge sees new distro/label Frozen Blood Industries pick up the release for a tasty vinyl re-issue. Not knowing a huge amount about the New Zealand metal scene.. Read More
The House of Capricorn - Morning Star Rise (Svart)

The House of Capricorn – Morning Star Rise (Svart)

New Zealand based blackened doom merchants, The House of Capricorn bring an interesting offering to the altar with their occult heavy third full length album. With an ominous feeling that the end is looming, they mix the atmospheric nature of Black Metal with the pounding.. Read More
Kerretta - Pirohia (Golden Antenna)

Kerretta – Pirohia (Golden Antenna)

Auckland instrumental three-piece Kerretta have been slinging their unique brand of dark experimental rock since 2006 and the newest release Pirohia continues the work which the band are known for – creating a vast sonic landscape with moments of beauty utilising intricate leads and jumping.. Read More