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Ravensire – A Stone Engraved In Red (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Portuguese Epic/Heavy Metal band Ravensire, are back with their third call-to-arms and a continued flag-flying of the Metal standard, planting it firmly where they please with their now expected drive and conviction. Don’t expect keyboards, symphonic bursts, operatic vocals…or for… Continue Reading →

Besta – Eterno Rancor (Lifeforce Records)

Portuguese grinders Besta have a plethora of releases each out delivering an onslaught of pure grindcore mayhem and this latest album continues that violent attitude to song writing with 16 songs of incendiary ferociousness that has hints of modern era… Continue Reading →

Okkultist – Reinventing Evil (Alma Mater Records)

So, you are a hard-working musician with a long career releasing records for your own band and some side projects. What else can you do with your time, write some books, produce some wine after all you are Portuguese? Well… Continue Reading →

Son of Cain – Closer To The Edge (Raging Planet)

On first looking at the sleeve of ‘Closer To The Edge’ with its oh so American muscle car on the front, opening track of ‘Hit The Road’, and band member names of “Nasty A” and “Rattlesnake”, Sons of Cain must… Continue Reading →

Cronaxia – Collapsing The Outer Structure (Lusitanian Music)

This Portuguese death metal act has been around for some time, almost two decades according to the promo info, but in that intervening time the only actual release has been the 2008 EP ‘The Solution Above Continuity’, a proto technical… Continue Reading →

Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers (Transcending Obscurity)

Hailing from Portugal, Gaerea is one of the promising artists on the Transcending Obscurity roster. After a self-titled EP, the masked men of Gaerea are now ready to unleash their debut full length upon the world, called “Unsettling Whispers”. Starting… Continue Reading →

Infraktor – Exhaust (Rastilho Metal Records)

Musically I guess I’m an optimist: Even as a youngster I was constantly looking for the thrash band that would make me go “Yes! That’s the one!” Ok that ended up being Celtic Frost rather than a thrash band but… Continue Reading →

Process Of Guilt – Black Earth (Bleak Recordings)

A batch of discs turned up and I was immediately drawn towards Process Of Guilt from Portugal having heard of them before and been intrigued about giving them a proper listen as they are described as a mixture of doom,… Continue Reading →

Hourswill – Harm Full Embrace (Ethereal Sound Works)

Sometimes you listen to a band, which sounds uncannily like another one that you know well. This is the case here. I’d not heard of Hourswill, whose second album this is, but for me there is a stunning resemblance in… Continue Reading →

Steelfall – The Event Horizon (Raging Planet)

This 11-track album is the début by a Lisbon based Portuguese quintet who only formed last year. Stylistically they are quite an amalgamation of several genres, but lean rather heavily toward melodic death metal in a very Gothenburg way. Opening… Continue Reading →

Lâmina – Lilith (Raging Planet)

Some debut albums are by simple virtue of being the first release by the band tentative, formative, maybe a little unsure. That cannot be said in any way of ‘Lilith’ by Portugal’s Lâmina. Points were instantly won when I opened… Continue Reading →

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