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Shaarimoth – Temple Of The Adversarial Fire (World Terror Committee)

Judging by the band name and the fact this band is from Norway one would assume that this is a black metal band. An assumption that proves unfounded on this sophomore following a debut called “Current 11” released over a… Continue Reading →

Gohrgone – Finis Ixion (Great Dane Records)

The good run by Great Dane Records continues, with this cheeky little release coming late in the year. I’d not heard anything of Gohrgone before, but a little snurgling around the internet told me a couple of factoids: they’re from… Continue Reading →

Thy Catafalque – Meta (Season of Mist)

After blowing my microbial brain through a nuclear-powered orgasmatron with last year’s full-length Sgùrr, I was slightly surprised Thy Catafalque had any creative juice left in the tank. Not only was Sgùrr one of the best albums I heard last… Continue Reading →

Into Coffin – Into A Pyramid Of Doom (Terror From Hell)

HP Lovecraft and death metal; an unnatural match made in…nuclear chaos. Or is it? I have to say in the past I’ve found the linking of the ideas to death metal average at best and inappropriate more often than not…. Continue Reading →

Orobas / Serpent Spells – Arise In Impurity / Mantras Within Ascending (Godz Ov War / Satanath Records)

How many bands do you need to create a ‘scene’? Well if the answer is ‘more than one ‘ then there is indeed a Bangladeshi blackened death metal scene and kudos to the labels for getting these two debut EPs… Continue Reading →

In Demise – Behold, a Pale Sky (Kings Of Decay)

The phrase “never judge a book by its cover” could not be more accurate when it comes to In Demise’s second full length release Behold, A Pale Sky. Upon first glance,  with the sinister album artwork and band’s illegible logo,… Continue Reading →

Hellspawn – There Has Never Been A Son Of Me (Old Temple)

Getting a one word band name that is unique is nigh on impossible these days as this Polish version of Hellspawn is without doubt one of the most savage around as they batter the world with their third album which… Continue Reading →

Inferno Festival 2016 – Day 3 – Oslo, Norway 25/3/16

Friday 25th March 2016 Taking things at a more leisurely pace during Friday I spent more money on some newer albums from the excellent Katakomben record shop situated a few minutes from the hotel. Ploughing through their racks meant another… Continue Reading →

Purgatory – Omega Void Tribvnal (War Anthem)

When I saw Purgatory’s name pop in the reviews list, I must say that I was more than curious to see how these Germans have evolved over the years. My first (and only) experience of them was their debut ‘Damage… Continue Reading →

Grey Heaven Fall – Black Wisdom (Aesthetics Of Devastation)

This one came out at the tail end of last year and although this Russian based band are completely new to me they have certainly created a lasting impression. There is little in the way of light about this their second… Continue Reading →

Khazaddum – In Dwarven Halls (S/R)

If you can imagine fusing the ferocious technicality and sheer power of Nile with the talent and brilliance of J.R.R Tolkien then you pretty much have American four piece Khazaddum nailed. Yep that’s right, Middle Earth Death Metal is now… Continue Reading →

Albums Of The Year 2015

Pete Woods (Editor) It’s been a real struggle just whittling this down to a mere 20 choices. Anyone that tells you that there has been no good music this year obviously is suffering from stupidity, serious wax in the ears… Continue Reading →

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