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Klimt 1918 – Sentimentale Jugend (Prophecy)

Every now and then, a record comes out of the blue that takes you totally by surprise – and Klimt 1918’s first album in eight years is very much one of those releases. The initial signs were not hugely promising… Continue Reading →

Dolch – Demo I & II (Van)

Who says music can’t still have an aura of mystery about it in the internet age? You don’t just have to wear masks to have an air of intrigue about you either. Take Dolch for example. Not only do they… Continue Reading →

Self-Inflicted Violence – The Sanctimonious Hypocrites of Reality (Art of Propaganda)

Wow, if there’s a list for transformations of 2014 then Lincolnshire duo Self-Inflicted Violence would surely be at the number one spot. Since forming in 2007, the pairing gained a reputation in the underground for playing harrowing depressive black metal…. Continue Reading →

Fatalism – Mystery Of Death (Eternal Death)

Interesting all round here. Firstly this EP was presented in a small clamshell case (as was one by Tare delivered with it) containing a mini 3” CD and a cassette both with the recorded material on. This is a really… Continue Reading →

Nothing – Guilty of Everything (Relapse)

Now, the cynic inside of me might take a look at this and dismiss it as little more than Relapse attempting to jump on the shoegaze bandwagon that continues to trundle forwards with ever increasing momentum. The combination of extreme… Continue Reading →

Black Mare – Field Of The Host (Human Jigsaw)

Here’s an odd one for me: Black Mare is basically a solo vehicle for Sera Timms, bassist and vocalist with Ides Of Gemini and the (I think defunct) Black Math Horseman. And from my limited acquaintance, it’s unlike either. This… Continue Reading →

Alcest – Shelter (Prophecy)

Since sowing the seeds of raw sounding black metal back in 2001 with more than respectable demo ‘Tristesse hivernale’, Neige has been growing ever skyward with his project Alcest. Incorporating elements of post rock and shoegaze, Alcest has made music… Continue Reading →

True Widow – Circumambulation (Relapse)

Third studio album from Dallas ‘stonegaze’ trio, True Widow, is a bit of a mouthful – ‘Circumambulation’ – meaning to move around a sacred object or idol is the perfect title when considering the lustrous sound this opus encompasses. The… Continue Reading →

An Autumn for Crippled Children – Only the Ocean Knows (Aeturnitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundimentam)

So the highly regarded Dutch three-piece return with their third album in two years and even a cursory listen reveals that it very much appears that this whole ‘post Black Metal’ thing is alive and well. Indeed, it really does… Continue Reading →

Les Discrets – Ariettes Oubliées (Prophecy Productions)

And whilst we’re on the subject of ‘not metal’… this is an interesting one. Les Discret’s affecting and pastoral 2010 debut ‘Septembre et Ses Dernières Pensées’ was generally considered to be ‘not metal’, as much by its creators than anyone… Continue Reading →

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