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None – Damp Chill Of Life (Hypnotic Dirge)

Although I’m writing about this in the summertime the Damp Chill Of Life is never far away waiting to cast its arthritic pall on proceedings. Masters of depressive and atmospheric doomed blackness, USA based shadowy entities None are back with… Continue Reading →

Idle Hands – Mana (Eisenwald)

The inventiveness of the wider metal genre never ceases to amaze and delight me. Every once in a while, a band comes along that gives a familiar sound a new twist, a twist that I did not expect, making me… Continue Reading →

L’Acéphale – S/T (Eisenwald)

A 74 minute album takes dedication not just to make but for the listener to consume as well. When you think about it is the equivalent of a 3 hour movie and a lot to take in. Musically you would… Continue Reading →

Troll – Legend Master (Shadow Kingdom)

I was really impressed with Portland’s debut EP which eventually got released physically in this same label. Now with this next one, Troll have upped their game and entered the elite club of post civilisation doom. They have had many… Continue Reading →

Idle Hands – Don’t Waste Your Time (Eisenwald)

Band number 72,453 from the Portland Oregon area. Not sure what is in the water there but it seems to make everyone at least attempt to become a musician, thankfully with this lot, despite the title we are not completely… Continue Reading →

UADA – Cult of a Dying Sun (Eisenwald)

The black metal genre is well and truly saturated with an endless stream of demos and albums appearing on a daily basis. This is great news for fans of the genre but it also means that there is a lot… Continue Reading →

Hands of Thieves – Feasting on Dark Intentions (Hellthrasher Productions)

Four tracks, ranging from the five and a half minute mark, all the way to over twelve minutes. A logo that’s incredibly illegible, white on black with a noose motif hanging on it. Released on Hellthrasher Productions. Can you imagine… Continue Reading →

Atriarch – Dead As Truth (Relapse)

Once I upgraded my musical reading from Smash Hits to N.M.E, Melody Maker and Sounds I remember well the tag of most miserable band in the world being thrown around a lot. It normally went in the direction of The… Continue Reading →

Eight Bells – Landless (Battleground)

Billy Anderson may as well be renamed King Midas, as it seems that any record he has any dealings with turns out to be solid gold – ‘Landless’ by Portland trio, Eight Bells, is no absolutely no exception to this… Continue Reading →

Nightfell – Darkness Evermore (20 Buck Spin)

Having fallen into the gloomy pit of Nightfell’s first collection of post-apocalyptic dirges last year I was looking forward to having my hopes and dreams dashed against their gigantic riffs and off-beat melodies for a second time. While I wouldn’t… Continue Reading →

Shroud Of The Heretic – Unorthodox Equilibrium (Iron Bonehead)

Death Metal power trio, Shroud Of The Heretic from Portland, Oregon return with their chaotic astral and bestial musical assault for their second full length release “Unorthodox Equilibrium”. With themes and inspiration drawn from Nature, Mysticism, Forbidden Gnosticism, Alchemy, Astralism… Continue Reading →

Bastard Feast – Osculum Infame (Season Of Mist)

I last caught up with these guys three years or so ago when they were still called Elitist and released the album ‘Fear In A Handful Of Dust’, a crust filled noisy and chaotic affair with a good nod towards… Continue Reading →

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