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Infesting Swarm – Desolation Road (Art of Propaganda)

Infesting Swarm from Germany have taken death metal, mixed it with post metal and doom and some melodic and melancholic passages, and moulded them into perfection. That should be the end of the review, but of course it isn’t. In… Continue Reading →

Colours to Shame – Who is the Fifth? (S/R)

I really liked this band’s EP “Vilos” (2013). It was fresh, challenging, full of ideas and altogether a very good selection of technical progressive metal. The lads from Glasgow haven’t given us much to go on this time with this… Continue Reading →

Malpractice – Turning Tides (Sensory Records)

Opening track “Best Kept Secret” could quite easily be applied to the band itself. While they may have been around for the last 20 years and have 5 previous releases, I don’t really recall ever  taking much notice of them,… Continue Reading →

Insomnium – Shadows Of The Dying Sun (Century Media)

There is something about Scandinavia which seems to breed brilliant bands, especially those who lean towards the styling’s of melodic death metal. Maybe it is something in the air or the water round that neck of the woods? “Shadows Of… Continue Reading →

Vredehammer – Vinteroffer (Indie)

Symphonic dark beginnings give way to standard but free-flowing blackened death metal. There’s an air of confidence about this first full release from Norway’s Vredehammer whose previous recorded output had been three EP’s. I sensed an air of Vader in… Continue Reading →

Mercenary, Omnium Gatherum, Wretched Soul – Camden Underworld 12/9/13

Four hairy men from Kent took to the stage. Wretched Soul had even brought a little fan club with them to the Underworld tonight. This helped the atmosphere along but the band did their bit with potent riffage and impressive… Continue Reading →

Wretched Soul –Veronica (Dark Lord Records)

Wretched Soul from Kent launched this album at a recent show where they supported Mercenary and Omnium Gatherum. I was there, and was struck by the vigour and vivacity of their performance. The energy outweighed the cohesion of the music,… Continue Reading →

Moribund Oblivion – Manevi (Dust on the Tracks)

“Turkish Black Metal” is what’s advertised on the sleeve of my copy of this album. “Manevi” is the fifth album by this band from Istanbul. “Manevi” translates as “spiritual” or “ghostly” and I’d say it’s the atmospheric sections which are… Continue Reading →

Synkletos- Spiritual Alchemy (SR)

Originally released back in 2011, ‘Spiritual Alchemy’ is the product of a two-man melodic doom-death band from Moscow. Alarm bells started ringing when floaty intro ‘Windy Days’ (stop sniggering at the back) started playing, its saccharine keys and harp effects… Continue Reading →

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