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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 →

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 →

Mortuus – Grape of the Vine (Ajna Offensive)

This has certainly been a long time coming. Back in 2007 and at the height of the orthodox ‘for Him’ renaissance of truly Satanic black metal, this obscure Swedish duo released their debut ‘De Contemplanda Morte: De Reverencie Laboribus Ac… Continue Reading →

Dysangelium – Leviaxxis (World Terror Committee)

Absolutely no messing about courtesy of a short, sharp three-track demo from this Germanic five-piece. To hell with intros or any of that sort of window-dressing – ‘Til Only The Light is Left’ races out of the gates in a… Continue Reading →

Thy Flesh – Thymiama Mannan (Odium)

It’s taken quite some time for this debut album to arrive from this Hellenic black metal horde. Apparently when they started out in 2004 and released a demo it was well received although was more of a death, thrash hybrid…. Continue Reading →

Patria – Individualism (Indie)

Borknagar’s Oystein G. Bryn had some nice things to say about these Brazilian black metallers which, even if like me you have been underwhelmed by Borknagar’s output over the last decade or so, carries intrigue and weight in equal measures…. Continue Reading →

Wormreich – Wormcult Revelations (Moribund)

Sinister, discordant guitars slither. Gregorian chants intone solemnly in the background. Drums tattoo a martial beat as the introduction builds. Yep, so far, so Deathspell Omega. Given that this US-based three-piece finish their latest record with a cover of ‘Malign… Continue Reading →

Acherontas – Amenti: Ψαλμοί Αίματος και Αστρικά Οράματα (World Terror Committee)

Acherontas help to form a phalanx of Greek black metal bands with a progressive purpose and a grim determination to expose us all to their black arts. Moving in the wake of ground-breaking countrymen Rotting Christ and Septicflesh, Acherontas forms… Continue Reading →

Slidhr – Deluge (Debemur Morti)

Slidhr are Irishman J. Deegan, here helped out with drums by B. Einarsson and they have previously released an EP and a split before entering the dreaded ‘hiatus’. But back they are and this was recorded and mastered in Iceland… Continue Reading →

Paria – Surrealist Satanist (World Terror Committee)

Verminous German Orthodox, Satan Worshiping Surrealist Black Metal anyone? Well that is exactly what we have here from Essen based Paria who are a new band to me. Having been around since 1995 it took them seven years to get… Continue Reading →

Cultes Des Ghoules – Henbane (Hell’s Headbangers)

With a lively crash of thunder this Polish Culte flings open the crypt doors once again, makes a racket for an hour and creeps back home just as the sun begins to rise. This is dramatic horror fuelled black metal… Continue Reading →

Lightning Swords Of Death – Baphometic Chaosium (Metal Blade)

I was rather pleased to get this as, somehow, I’d never managed to sit down and listen to this oddly named (for a black metal band) set of Americans. They don’t mess around either; pretty much straight into the title… Continue Reading →

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