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Satyricon – Deep calleth upon Deep (Napalm)

Satyricon have returned from a night at the opera, armed with a record that sounds…well, to these ears anyway…quite similar to the last few. Great news if you enjoyed ‘Now, Diabolical’ and ‘Age of Nero’ but not so good if… Continue Reading →

Mavradoxa – Lethean Lament (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

‘Lethean Lament’ is the second album from New York-based atmospheric black metal duo Mavradoxa, and just like the excellent ‘Reclaim The Darkness’ album from Australian band King last year, it’s a massive slab of nature-obsessed majesty. Surprising and dynamic, Lux… Continue Reading →

Gravdal – Kadaverin (Soulseller Records)

Just the mention of Norwegian black metal sends shivers down the spine, and in many respects Gravdal’s third album has many of the classic aspects – withering, spiteful riffs, and a cold and lingeringly deathly air. The title track opens… Continue Reading →

Darkenhöld – Memoria Sylvarum (SR)

It’s been 3 years since we last heard from French medievalist troupe Darkenhold and no doubt they have been holed up in their castle walls constructing their newest opus and fourth full length album. It’s immediately striking too when you… Continue Reading →

Nargaroth – Era Of Threnody (Inter Arma Productions)

Germany’s Nargaroth should need no introduction to any black metal fan as the band headed up by Ash whose creative genius has given the black metal community some truly spectacular releases since the bands inception in the mid-1990s. It is… Continue Reading →

Ancient Ascendant – Raise The Torch (Candlelight Records)

Possibly one of the UK’s premier extreme metal acts Ancient Ascendant has been steadily unleashing quality releases for nearly a decade. The bands last album, “Echoes And Cinder” had a slight experimental feathering with beautifully poised acoustic passages blending with… Continue Reading →

Endezzma – The Arcane Abyss (Pulverised)

Pure Norwegian devil worship here! Endezzma was borne to rotten life by Trondr Nefas of Urgehal (R.I.P) along with Morten Shax. There’s been line-up changes aplenty but somehow the band have managed to soldier on and principally includes live members… Continue Reading →

Mrome – Noetic Collision On The Roof Of Hell (S/R)

Apart from a Bandcamp page there is little in the way of Internet presence about this Polish group but a bit of digging shows that they were formerly known as Kingdom and existed between 1995 and 2002. They never got… Continue Reading →

Underling – Breathe Deeply / Bloodworship (Neuropa Records)

Californian atmospheric black metal band Underling have recently signed to Neuropa records, giving us a chance to catch up with two great releases, 2013’s ‘Breathe Deeply’ and 2015’s ‘Bloodworship’, both re-issued in glorious digipack form. Playing with a potent mix… Continue Reading →

Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder (Peaceville)

It’s album number 17 or thereabouts for Fenriz and Nocturno Culto. Actually they have travelled so far from the black metal days, which was something they were not even about back in 1991 with Soulside Journey that even calling them… Continue Reading →

KING – Reclaim The Darkness (Indie)

“GROOVE” is the word, when it comes to ‘Reclaim The Darkness’, the debut album from Australian band KING. Dynamic blackened metal, with melody and plenty of (…I’m gonna say it again…) GROOVE! KING were formed in 2013 by David Hill… Continue Reading →

Stilla – Skuggflock (Nordvis / Bindrune)

Translating the album title as “Shadowpack” this is the third full length from this inventive Swedish avant-garde black metal act whose album cover conjures up notions of mysticism and chilly autumnal mornings where mist and dew blanket the air. Being… Continue Reading →

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