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Flight – A Leap Through Matter (High Roller)

Oslo’s Flight, now with a new label, continues with their interpretation of classic 70’s heavy rock. For me there’s a splash of Winterhawk, Ashbury with some progressive elements that figured predominantly in the mid-70’s UK scene. The band has spent… Continue Reading →

Wardruna – Manchester Albert Hall 21/11/18

Wardruna originally formed in 2003 and between 2009 and 2016 released the ‘Runaljod’ trilogy to ever increasing critical acclaim, using traditional Nordic instruments and poetic metres to support whispering voices, chants and choral pieces creating rich musical landscapes. It goes… Continue Reading →

Slegest – Introvert (Dark Essence Records)

Since 2010 and over the course of two previous albums, Stig Ese has steered Slegest on their wonderfully idiosyncratic course towards black ‘n’ roll nirvana. As I have mentioned before, Slegest are a genuine hybrid of black and heavy metal… Continue Reading →

Hank Von Hell – Egomania (Century Media)

Mascara was smudged down hairy cheeks in 2010 when Hank Von Hell turned his assless chaps on Turbonegro and headed for the sunset. Fortunately for Turbojugend one of their own, Tony Sylvester ex Dukes of Nothing, stepped up to the… Continue Reading →

Sjukdom – Stridshymner Og Dodssalmer (Osmose)

Sjukdom are as barren and bleak as the Norwegian landscape thy hail from. This is the bands second release, ‘Stridshymner Og Dodssalmer’, and is not to be confused with releases by bands with the same moniker from Sweden and USA…. Continue Reading →

Sylvaine – Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone (Season of Mist)

Even the most gnarly metal fan needs an occasional break from relentless aural pummelling and as I get a little older I have found myself exploring some of these avenues with increasing frequency. Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Sylvaine first came to my… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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