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Temple of Gnosis – De Secretis Naturae Alchymica (ATMF)

Well, this is very different to my expectations. As long time readers will know, the Editor of this august publication lets humble reviewers, such as yours truly, select their preferred albums from brief descriptions which are delivered by virtue of… Continue Reading →

Magister Templi – Into Duat (Cruz Del Sur)

Cruz Del Sur Music is certainly boosting their reputation as a label to keep an eye on, and fast on the heels of recent release by intercontinental doomsters King Heavy (see Ave Noctum passim), comes Oslo’s own Magister Templi with… Continue Reading →

Thomas Hand Chaste Witchfield – Sabbatai Zevi (Black Widow)

Any album named after, and inspired by a 17th Century Rabbi who claimed to be the messiah and started the Jewish Sabbatean movement, Sabbatai Zevi see’s Death SS alumni Thomas Hand Chaste’s Witchfield offering up a holy feast of atmosphere laden… Continue Reading →

Nebiros – VII (Folter Records)

This struck as being strange and an unexpected form of darkness than the straightforward black metal I had anticipated and it pretty much cast its spell over me on the very first listen. Nebiros are a Polish band with the… Continue Reading →

Mefitic – Woes Of Mortal Devotion (Nuclear War Now)

These foul and noxious Italians formed with the principal intent to spread the horrid feelings connected to Death. It may have taken them a decade to hone their craft and release this their debut album following numerous demos, EP’s and… Continue Reading →

Embrional – The Devil Inside (Old Temple)

Another wicked discovery here! Embrional are an intense death metal band from Gliwice, Poland and have been laying down some misanthropic, Satanic slabs of evil since their first demo in 2006. ‘The Devil Inside’ is their second full length and… Continue Reading →

Mortuary Drape – Spiritual Independence (Iron Tyrant)

If you dig deep enough amongst the swathes of generic, identikit black metal bands out there in the world, occasionally you come across a rare treat; a truly original band. These obscure, underground veterans from Northern Italy have been ploughing… Continue Reading →

Thy Darkened Shade – Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet (WTC)

There are always big hints put about by black metal bands suggesting the worship of dark gods. But very few musicians wear their black hearts so prominently on their sleeves as the driving force behind Thy Darkened Shade. Semjaza is… Continue Reading →

Inconcessus Lux Lucis – Crux Lupus Corona (I Voidhanger)

Saturnian black magic eh? Well this duo apparently come from NW England not Saturn but they could hardly have described themselves as Mancunian black magic could they, that would have been silly. Apparently the pair comprising Malphas (guitars, drums and… Continue Reading →

Fides Inversa – Mysterium Tremendum Et Fascinans (World Terror Committee)

There is something in here. Almost like, if I could put it in a vial and drink it every day, I would never need to worry about the dull reality of life again. Chaotic, blissful abandon and knuckle-whitening control over… Continue Reading →

Nightbringer – Ego Dominus Tuus (Season of Mist)

Nightbringer have produced an explosive piece of work here that is nothing short of electrifying at times. Gigantic riffs battling criss-crossing tremolo guitars, half a dozen different vocal styles and around 70 minutes of epic, occult-inspired black metal. On many… Continue Reading →

Crucifyre – Black Magic Fire (Pulverised)

This is an interesting one – having a brief scan of the CVs of the members of this outfit reveals a host of interesting (and disparate) names: Afflicted, Nasum, Maze of Torment, Crematory, Kaamos and a fair few others. Having… Continue Reading →

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