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Seer – Volume 6 (Artoffact Records)

Seer are a quintet from Vancouver BC -why do people always put BC is there another Vancouver – I neither know nor care- what I do care about is the big noise these 5 boys make.  (Edit – I have just… Continue Reading →

Khanus – Flammiron (I, Voidhanger)

Ready for some metal of death with shamanic drumming and chanting, occasional soprano vocals and choral aspects and even the use of a singing bowl? Well that should give you an idea that this album, the first from Khanus following… Continue Reading →

Almyrkvi – Umbra (Ván)

What is even more shocking than Iceland’s recent rampant assault on the black metal scene (yes, we’re all still going on about it) is that it took so bloody long. I mean, sure Norway has the fjords and the mountains,… Continue Reading →

Mightiest – Sinisterra (Cyclone Empire)

Oh man. On first encounters, there’s so much going for this record, it’s ridiculous – some fantastic Paolo Girardi cover art; a thunderous, enveloping production; referencing some of Germany’s finest black metal exports such as Lunar Aurora and Ruins of… Continue Reading →

Todesstoss – Hirngemeer (I, Voidhanger Records)

Now, before I get stuck into this – and get stuck in I most certainly will – I need to clarify my position. I am no enemy of the avant-garde and the surreal, the abstract and the inaccessible. I have… Continue Reading →

Aevangelist – Omen Ex Simulacra (Debemur Morti)

Something that has become increasingly apparent to me as I have aged is the importance of ‘form’ within the realms of extreme metal. By that I mean, the accolades that can be showered upon something almost of a direct result… Continue Reading →

Von – Satanic Blood (Von Records)

Oh Von. Von, Von, Von – never in the history of  black metal has so much been said about so few who have released so little. Two demos released in 1991 and 1992 has been the grand sum of their… Continue Reading →

Monads – Intellectus Iudicat Veritatem (Aural Music)

Now this is impressive. Barely a year after forming, this doom-laden Belgian five-piece have seen fit to unleash a self-financed, self-released full-length album (actually it has been picked up by Aural – Pete ed) . If such a move screams… Continue Reading →

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