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Vspolokh – Pomre (Purity Through Fire)

Perhaps an unfamiliar name to most, Russian black metal outfit Vspolokh have been around since 2004. Their debut album was released in 2010, with the intervening decade leading to this sophomore punctuated by a handful of split releases. Google insists… Continue Reading →

Horror God – Cursed Seeds (Lavadome)

While this may be the third album by this Russian quartet and their first full length on their current label, it’s the brand of aggressive death metal they deliver that should have had them noticed a lot longer ago. Or… Continue Reading →

The Legendary Flower Punk – Wabi Wu (Tonzonen Records)

Did someone slip me some Brown Acid? The Legendary Flower Punk is a project from “Grand Astoria” main-man Kamille Sharapodinov. The Russian experiMENTALIST  has teamed up with Michail Lopakov and Nick Kunauin on drums to produce Wabi Wu; seven tracks of… Continue Reading →

Dominia – The Withering Of The Rose (MSH Music Group)

Melancholy, inescapable heartache, night of despair, loss, exhausting, plaintive tears, velvet darkness. Just a few of the buzz-words in the promotional information that the record company kindly arms us writers with when preparing to do a review of this latest… Continue Reading →

Frozen Ocean / Heather Grave – Beyond Anemomautics (Spectral Halls)

Hurrah Vaarwel is back and not with just Frozen Ocean but a new project too on this split release. Last time we heard from him here it was with The Prowess Of Dormination at the beginning of 2016 but he… Continue Reading →

Grima – Will of the Primordial (Naturmacht)

As the UK basks temporarily in a heatwave, what better thing to listen to than “eight ice-cold tracks, filled with gloomy atmosphere, bringing the fragile beauty and hostility of Siberian nature to life”. This is Grima’s third album release. “Siberian… Continue Reading →

Moon Far Away – Athanor Eurasia (Prophecy)

384,400 KM to be precise and yes that is far away. Getting that out the way, here we have some gorgeous folk music from Arkhangelsk Russia to contemplate but it is one where we are told East meets West so… Continue Reading →

Затемно (Zatemno) – В петле (V Petle) (Aesthetic Death)

“Obscure Russian blackened metal with a very Eastern European sound” was the way this one was enticingly billed. A few bits of research later, I managed to glean that this band, which anglicises to Zatemno, is a one person project… Continue Reading →

Istina – Revelation Of Unknown (S/R)

Or to give this it’s native title Истина – Откровение Неизвестности. Well I had a case of deja-vu when this turned up from Russia and did not have a clue what I had in front of me but on playing… Continue Reading →

Aborted Fetus – The Ancient Spirits Of Decay (Comatose Music)

Brutal Death Metal, I love it so very much. To me its very existence is spawned from extremity a means of gaining a leg up over each and every predecessor to be something more brutal, fast, vile, shocking and horrific…. Continue Reading →

Tantal – Ruin (Mazzar Records)

So this new Tantal album came my way and as I always like to do before I embark on a review, I read what the label/promotions agency have to say about the band. What instantly intrigued (and amused) me about… Continue Reading →

Estate – Mirrorland (Mighty Music)

Russian Symphonic Melodic Metal band Estate have had a bit of a re-assess in the past 4 years. “Fantasia” was a more than credible Symphonic/Melodic/Power Metal debut, relying as it did on good tunes and memorable melodies, but possibly lacking… Continue Reading →

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