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Sweven – The Eternal Resonance (Ván Records)

As you’ve probably guessed this Swedish act is named after the final album by Morbus Chron before they split up. Purely the sonic vision of Morbus Chron’s Robert Andersson this could be viewed as a solo project under the banner… Continue Reading →

Intronaut – Fluid Existential Inversions (Metal Blade)

I appreciated the imaginative patterns of Intronaut’s “Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words with Tones)” (2013) if not the vocals. Since then they released a further album “Direction of All Things”, and now this, their sixth album release. I did actually see… Continue Reading →

The Massacre Cave – Godlust (Red Death Records)

I thoroughly enjoyed The Massacre Cave’s mini album “The Ninth Wave” (2012) – lots of ideas and well executed – and was very pleased to be reunited with them in the form of their new album “Godlust”. The band is… Continue Reading →

Big Scenic Nowhere – Vision Beyond Horizon (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Fans of desert and stoner rock are in for a treat with this collaboration that strings together an impressive selection of contributors. Whilst some collaborations don’t quite come together, this one is a different kettle of fish. Fu Manchu’s Bob… Continue Reading →

In Human Form – III (I, Voidhanger)

This band from Massachusetts doesn’t conform to stereotypes. An avantgarde front stands with extreme metal and an avowed love of prog-jazz fusion. We don’t lurch from one passage to another as it’s smoother than that, but you have to have… Continue Reading →

The Old Dead Tree – The End (Season of Mist)

This is a really interesting release. I remember The Old Dead Tree in particular from their excellent 2003 work “The Nameless Disease”. They followed this up with two albums before splitting, resulting in the EP “The End” being their first… Continue Reading →

Hypno5e – A Distant Dark Source (Pelagic Records)

French Cinematographic metal? I feel like I should be wearing a black polo neck and smoking a Gitanes.  This quartet hail from Montpellier not the back streets of Paris and have been crafting their blend of prog, extreme metal and soundtrack… Continue Reading →

Bask – III (Season of Mist)

Psychedelic rock is the epithet attributed to “III”, appropriately the third album from Bask. I soon realised there was more than this cursory description, helpful as it is in giving a framework. “Three White Feet”, which opens up, is a… Continue Reading →

Novembers Doom – Nephilim Grove (Prophecy Productions)

I always scratch my head when a band has a month in their name and releases an album at a different time of year completely, might just be me but doom in November from Novembers Doom is at least playing… Continue Reading →

Maïeutiste – Veritas (LADLO Productions)

Avant progressive black metal is the style. Literary and philosophic concepts are the themes purveyed by this French band. A high-pitched riff, pounding drums and harsh vocals provide an interesting mix. That’s before the epic chorus of the opening title… Continue Reading →

In Mourning – Garden Of Storms (Agonia Records)

I first stumbled across In Mourning back in 2010 when they released their second full length album ‘Monolith’. The intensity within the melodic death metal sections when combined with the subtle gothic undercurrents from their initial sounds and the slightly… Continue Reading →

Patronymicon – Ushered Forth by Cloven Tongue (Osmose)

With band members such as N. Sadist, J. Malice and M. Feral, originality doesn’t promise to be on the agenda here. This is the third album from the Swedish black metallers. I spent a lot of time working out who… Continue Reading →

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