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RAM – The Throne Within (Metal Blade)

RAM are no strangers to these pages and after 20 years in the business, they return with a cracking release. This is much more a metal album, their last one “Rod” was a concept album and things are freer flowing… Continue Reading →

Isole – Dystopia (Hammerheart Records)

Starting life back in the 90’s as Forlorn before becoming Isole, these Swedish doom merchants have a steady stream of albums to their name. “Dystopia” arrives five years after their last release and this represents one of their longer periods… Continue Reading →

Crom Dubh – Firebrands and Ashes (Van Records)

Named after a mythological Irish figure whose name translates as “dark crooked one”, this London based quartet turned heads with their folky melodies on debut “Heimweh” back in 2015. Crom Dubh have further evolved their sound on this sophomore full-length. The seven tracks… Continue Reading →

Stellar Master Elite – Hologram Temple (Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork)

After forming in 2010, Stellar Master Elite released a steady trio of albums and new release “Hologram Temple” is their first offering in four years finding the Germans combining a heady mix of black and doom metal whilst throwing in… Continue Reading →

Istapp – The Insidious Star (Trollzorn)

The biography makes much of this being this Swedish outfits fourth album, when in fact it’s only their third; so-called debut “Köldens Union” was in fact a collection of demos and live recordings. With the metadata missing from half of… Continue Reading →

Albums Of The Year 2018

Pete Woods (Editor): Top 20 A wise soul once said that “when the music’s over turn off the lights.” Well it has been far from over in 2018 a year which took off at the gallop and simply hasn’t stopped…. Continue Reading →

Nachash – Phantasmal Triunity (Shadow Kingdom)

‘Conjuring the Red Death Eclipse’ was our first taste of Norway’s Nachash brandishing a filtered blackened assault that remains true in the original spirit the band was conceived and that’s continued on this first full length album. The tempo is… Continue Reading →

Primordial – Exile Amongst The Ruins (Metal Blade)

Primordial barely need an introduction. A back catalogue reaching back to the mid 90’s and an enviable reputation as underground metal stalwarts, their reputation is sealed. Ninth full length release, “Exile Amongst The Ruins” finds the band bringing a raw… Continue Reading →

My Silent Wake – There Was Death (Minotauro)

Whilst it’s normally the cold North of Yorkshire a band like this would permeate from My Silent Wake hail from Somerset, down south. An understated outfit, they have been going since 2005 and have released 10 studio albums to date… Continue Reading →

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore)

Review a one track 83 minute doom track they said. It will be good for you and fun they said. Well actually they didn’t but curiosity got the better of me (and you know what they bloody well said about… Continue Reading →

Ereb Altor – Ulfven (Hammerheart)

To release five albums in five years nowadays is going some, even when it’s your only band, but when you are in two recording units (the main two songwriters of Ereb Altor are also members of Doom band Isole), it… Continue Reading →

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