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Orkan – Element (Dark Essence Records)

Orkan – Element (Dark Essence Records)

Norway’s Orkan wandered across my radar with their second album “Livlaus” in 2015, a vitriolic album that also encouraged me to watch them at the Inferno Festival in 2016 much to my delight. The bands third album sees them take their blackened hostility to another.. Read More
Aeternus – Heathen (Dark Essence Records)

Aeternus – Heathen (Dark Essence Records)

In common with their name, Aeternus seem to have been around forever. The lynchpin is Ares, who founded the band from Bergen in 1993 and has been the epicentre of a band, which has historical and current links with many of the key names in.. Read More
One Tail, One Head – Worlds Open, Worlds Collide (Terratur Possessions)

One Tail, One Head – Worlds Open, Worlds Collide (Terratur Possessions)

It seems a fitting nod to their moniker that OTOH’s first album is also their last, the beginning swallowing the end in a sense, to create the perfect ouroboros. Having formed 12 years ago in Trondheim, Norway, the black metal four piece have only ever.. Read More
Dunbarrow – II (Riding Easy Records)

Dunbarrow – II (Riding Easy Records)

Here’s a novelty, a band that isn’t from Sweden. Okay, they’re in the same general geographic area, calling Norway home, but unlike many from that fine nation they don’t don the corpse paint and scream, rather they ply their trade firmly in the realms of.. Read More
Sepulcher – Panoptic Horror (Edged Circle Productions)

Sepulcher – Panoptic Horror (Edged Circle Productions)

This Norwegian bands logo takes some deciphering as it appears that scant information is known about their members though they have released a debut titled “Mausoleum Tapestry” in 2015 which I’ve not heard. For 2018 the band has released a stripped back album of raw,.. Read More
Black Viper – Hellions of Fire (High Roller)

Black Viper – Hellions of Fire (High Roller)

I first came across Black Viper by random selection on an internet music platform and subsequently bought their ‘Storming with Vengeance’ cassette. Black Viper are Norwegian, from Oslo specifically and bridge the balance between classic heavy and speed metal. Drummer Cato Stormoen recorded some instrumental.. Read More
Madder Mortem – Marrow (Dark Essence)

Madder Mortem – Marrow (Dark Essence)

20 years under their belt and one long gap between ‘Eight Ways’ and ‘Red In Tooth And Claw’, Madder Mortem are truly back and firing on all cylinders and have been down on their allotment cultivating a Marrow. It should win some prizes too as.. Read More
Interview - Manes

Interview – Manes

Norwegian band Manes recently released “Slow Motion Death Sequence”, their fifth album. This is a band which has experienced various transformations and name changes since 1991, but whose music has always been unusual and on the edge. To find out what makes the band tick,.. Read More
Arabrot – Who Do You Love (Pelagic)

Arabrot – Who Do You Love (Pelagic)

If you like your music weird and unusual, your lyrics heavy with meaning and full of all sorts of connotations and connections, if you are fascinated by all things strange and bored by everything conventional, then Arabrot’s new album Who Do You Love will be.. Read More
MIdgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway August 16-18 2018 (Part 2)

MIdgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway August 16-18 2018 (Part 2)

DAY 2 SATURDAY The first band weren’t due on until 15:00 on Saturday giving time for another walk along the fjord and around the burial mounds as well as a visit to the Midgard Vikingsenter, home of the festival’s seminars and exhibitions. There was then.. Read More
MIdgardsblot Metal Festival - Borre, Vestfold, Norway  August 16-18 2018 (Part 1)

MIdgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway August 16-18 2018 (Part 1)

Background Midgardsblot is something special. It is far, far more than just a music festival. It is a unique, fully immersive, life affirming experience bringing together Nordic and metal cultures. Set in Southern Norway amongst the Viking burial mounds, the rich heritage of the region.. Read More
Iskald - Innhøstinga (Indie Recordings)

Iskald – Innhøstinga (Indie Recordings)

One of the things which reviewers are expected to do is attach genre labels to bands, and while it can be useful to give a vague idea of what a band might sounds like, it can be a minefield and all too often ridiculous tags.. Read More