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Nattverd – Styggdom (Osmose)

Black metal, Bergen, Norway, this Nattverd’s second album. Piercing screams, dirty riffs, violence …. and so the album begins with “Slakt dem, der de loeper hoedenloese rundt ballet”. It attacks and marches. The echoing roars continue. Maybe my antenna is… Continue Reading →

Atena – Drowning Regret and Lungs Filled with Water (Indie Recordings)

An Oslo quartet that are purported to blend influences from hip hop and classical composers into their metalcore. Now that final genre often sends me running but there is something about the bands logo of a giant inverted cross with… Continue Reading →

Sylvaine & Unreqvited – Time Without End (Prophecy Productions)

On the one hand, this is an unlikely pairing, but on the other it makes perfect sense and I know this is a bold statement but I don’t recall a split release ever being this coherent or synergistic. ‘Time Without… Continue Reading →

Mortiis – Spirit Of Rebellion (Omnipresent / Dead Seed Productions)

Just for the record, I like goblins. Whereas the orcs and stuff get all the bad guy praise, poor little goblins are like the weird kid everyone picks on in the school yard. So hurrah for goblinses! Ahem. Sorry. Anyway… Continue Reading →

Svarttjern – Shame Is Just A Word (Soulseller)

It might be a new year but it’s still winter, long may it reign! For in the colder months my lust for Black Metal grows. I’m like a Corpse-painted hibernating animal who only emerges to the sound of Battles In… Continue Reading →

Flukt – Darkness Devour (Dusktone)

‘Darkness Devour’ launches out of the blocks akin to a supercharged Usain Bolt. These Norwegians, Flukt, are on a mission and have returned to spawn their first full-length effort since their inception in 2014. The vocals from A.O are vindictive… Continue Reading →

Osi And The Jupiter – Nordlige Rúnaskog (Eisenwald)

A band’s name is its shop window, their one opportunity to create that all important first impression and the name may well determine whether someone actually gives them a listen or simply skips past them. As such, it is important… Continue Reading →

Tragediens Trone – S/T (Osmose)

Although it has been 13 years since this group released a demo they suddenly are signed to Osmose and are unleashing a debut album. Not bad really and there are reasons they are sitting comfortably on their throne of tragedy… Continue Reading →

Saligia – Vesaevus (Van Records)

Saligia formed in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2011 that they released their first full length, ‘Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’, previously only laying down demos in an attempt to gain a foothold in the icy barren black metal landscape. The… Continue Reading →

The Deathtrip – Demon Solar Temple (Svart)

Life for me right now is great and of the many aspects that are so great one would be my recent indulgence with the occult. I’ve always been fascinated by ancient religions and occult teachings. I mean if you’re into… Continue Reading →

Ragnarok – Non Debellicata (Agonia Records)

Named after the cataclysmic final battle in Scandinavian mythology, Ragnarok have consistently been delivering a fitting soundtrack for this version of Armageddon for a quarter of century and are marking this with the release of their ninth album ‘Non Debellicata’…. Continue Reading →

Mayhem – Daemon (Century Media)

No background details needed here, apart from the fact perhaps that we now see Mayhem on new label Century Media; they had a good run on Season Of Mist. This is all about the music and not the infamy of… Continue Reading →

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