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Magic Circle – Departed Souls (20 Buck Spin)

I’ve said it before, and I’ve no doubt that I’ll say it again at some point in the future, but one of the pleasures of this reviewing malarkey is to discover new bands, and for that matter have potential preconceptions… Continue Reading →

Robespierre – Garden Of Hell (Shadow Kingdom)

From literally the opening notes of ‘Punish Oppressors’ this reeks of the NWOBHM, which I guess makes sense as that’s where their origins are although it seems to have taken them from 1983 until now to move beyond the demo… Continue Reading →

Pagan Altar – The Room Of Shadows (Temple Of Mystery)

Having begun life in the late 70’s just as the enormity of the NWOBHM movement was unfolding, Pagan Altar were one of the few British doom bands starting out from that period. Given their interrupted lifespan, album output has been… Continue Reading →

Lucifer’s Chalice – The Pact (S/R)

Featuring members of Uncoffined and Winds of Genocide, this band from Durham in the North East of England provide 4 sinister heavy metal tracks in line with the NWOBHM, Witchfinder General, Pagan Altar and very early Mercyful Fate. The aura… Continue Reading →

Cauchemar – Chapelle Ardente (Nuclear War Now)

With full length album number two, ‘Chapelle Ardente’ ups the stakes in terms of quality of song writing in comparison to this Canadian nightmare’s last album ‘Tenebrario’. Similar is the heavy/doom metal flavour with an added peppering of NWOBHM, the… Continue Reading →

Tarot – The Warrior’s Spell (Van)

Tarot (from Australia) have a collection of previously released songs on offer in the form of ‘The Warrior’s Spell’. Originally released by Heavy Chains records earlier this year, a vinyl release will follow from Van records. A lot of these… Continue Reading →

Amulet – The First (Century Media)

Amulet are London’s future legends, having followed this band from their inception it’s with great pleasure that I get to review their debut album on a major label, something that is both warranted and something that is justified via their… Continue Reading →

Vestal Claret – The Cult of Vestal Claret (Cruz Del Sur)

This American duo has had some great releases in recent times, newly assigned to Cruz Del Sur, this is a full album release that encompasses previously available tracks (the entire four track ‘Ungod’ split is re-recorded along with a re-recording/different… Continue Reading →

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