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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 →

Chasma – Omega Theorian (Candlelight)

I want to go and throw a stick in Portland Oregon and see how many musicians I can knock out. Prolific is the word and those playing black metal are no exception. I could write a big list starting at… Continue Reading →

Cemetery Lust – Orgies Of Abomination (Hells Headbangers)

Calling yourself Cemetery Lust and describing your musical style as rapethrash means that you are either going for the antagonistic troll method of gaining notoriety or the misguided fratboy style. With these guys the balance is about 60:40 in favour… Continue Reading →

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