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Hate – Auric Gates of Veles (Metal Blade Records)

The music of Hate is the epitome of Polish death metal. Discuss. Having been around for 28 years, the warmongering isn’t over yet. “Auric Gates of Veles” is the band’s eleventh album. I think it’s the sustained contempt which is… Continue Reading →

Monasterium – Church of Bones (Nine Records)

Unlocking the door to doom ain’t always easy. Even when the tools at your disposal add up to a veritable battering ram that should unleash the melancholy tide from within upon your psyche with elephantine riffs that crush what’s left… Continue Reading →

Vader – Thy Messenger (Nuclear Blast)

It has been 18 years since I bought a Vader album and nearly as long since I have seen them live. The first thing that’s clearly apparent as I listen to this five track EP, they have lost none of… Continue Reading →

Popiol – Zabobony (Godz Ov War)

‘Zabobony’ is Popiols debut creation, yet instead of it being an unveiling, it is more of a long awaited resurrection as the workings were originally conceived and created some two decades ago and were formulated by polish stalwarts Thy Worshipper…. Continue Reading →

Hegerøth – Degenerate (Mara Productions)

“Album can be classified as black metal” is the raw message. No messing. It’s been five years since the impressive “Three Emperors Triangle”, as black and atmospheric affair as you could wish for. It’s great to see these Poles back… Continue Reading →

Deus Mortem – Kosmocide (Terratur Possessions)

A bit of Polish black metal never did anyone any harm. Deus Mortem from Wroclaw now bring us their second album from the chasms of chaos and destruction. As you’d expect, this album has an uncompromising and violent edge. Deus… Continue Reading →

Black Smoke – Holy Reptilian Mother (Heavision)

Sludge is a delightfully simple sub genre. For me it requires two things a devastating, rib rattling, ground shaking musical backdrop and harsh larynx shredding vocals. Wroclaw’s Black Smoke got the memo and have delivered on their debut – Holy… Continue Reading →

Doombringer – Walpurgis Fires (Nuclear War Now)

Most people like their drive to work to be complemented by the radio or probably some album of an easy listening calibre. As one slogs into their daily job pre-coffee and possibly devoid of breakfast there is probably nothing they… Continue Reading →

Mord A Stigmata – Dreams of Quiet Places (Pagan)

I very much liked Mord A Stigmata’s last offering “Hope”. This was black metal of the most sinister kind. Now comes the Polish band’s fifth album. Following the spine-chilling Burzumesque ambience of the opening section, harsh and deliberate black metal… Continue Reading →

Ars Magna Umbrae – Lunar Ascension (I, Voidhanger Records)

One gentleman from Poland is responsible for Ars Magna Umbrae. The follow up to a 2017 EP “Through Lunar Gateways”, “Lunar Ascension” sends us crashing through worlds in a blackly ambient way. To some extent I am reminded of a… Continue Reading →

Furia, Au Dessus & Solleme – London Nambucca 6/12/18

Plenty of gigs on in town yet again tonight, heavyweight thrash titans Exodus with Sodom and Death Angel having a Headbangers Ball as well as memories being invoked by Clawfinger. It’s off down the Holloway Road for us black clad… Continue Reading →

Yarn Of The Wicked – Lore * Anne (Pagan Records)

I absolutely had to review this before hearing a single note as this Polish band featuring members of Sauron and Misanthropic Rage have conceptually tackled a subject very close to my heart. Lore Fournier and Anne de Boissy are two… Continue Reading →

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