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Of Spire & Throne – Penance (Aesthetic Death)

Ah, Edinburgh’s own and one of the finest progressive sludge/doom bands about Of Spire & Throne return. Three years after their crushing and harrowing debut Sanctum In The Light, Penance drops as an early Yule present and leaves a huge… Continue Reading →

Furia, Au Dessus & Solleme – London Nambucca 6/12/18

Plenty of gigs on in town yet again tonight, heavyweight thrash titans Exodus with Sodom and Death Angel having a Headbangers Ball as well as memories being invoked by Clawfinger. It’s off down the Holloway Road for us black clad… Continue Reading →

Interview – The Ocean

Robin Staps (guitar, primary songwriter) and Paul Seidel (drums), Zagreb, 17/11/2018 The 17th of November was one of the first really cold days in Zagreb this autumn. At six o’clock in the evening, the arranged interview time, it was already… Continue Reading →

OHHMS – Exist (Holy Roar)

‘Exist’, the second album from Kent’s favourite sludge band, OHHMS, is another heavy duty lesson in animal rights and pacifism. OHHMS take a slightly different approach to the preachy, condescending PETA activist mentality you’d expect from most bands covering this… Continue Reading →

The Ocean Collective – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Metal Blade / Pelagic Records)

This is one of those releases you could write a treatise about (not that such releases are abundant). Its scope is so ambitious, it borders on megalomania. But that’s fine with me. Who has ever achieved anything significant by setting… Continue Reading →

Earth Ship – Resonant Sun (Pelagic)

For the last few weeks, I’ve been mostly listening to music wallowing in misery, sickness and despair. Predominantly post metal and some experimental stuff. It agreed with me, but like someone eating the same meal every day for days on… Continue Reading →

The Crotals – Horde (Tenacity)

An interesting fact, well to me anyway, that I discovered about The Crotals is that instead of using a bass they use a baritone guitar. This fits quite nicely as the Swiss band’s music of preference, judging by this album,… Continue Reading →

Interview – Thou

2018 is the summer of Thou; having released their last full length ‘Heathen’ back in 2014, their musical output over the last four years has been sporadic with only the occasional compilation or split to tide listeners over. The Baton… Continue Reading →

MANTAR – The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze (Nuclear Blast)

‘Death by Burning’, ‘Ode to the Flame’, ‘The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze’ – it would appear Germany’s newest power duo, MANTAR, are pyromaniacs; however, if an obsession with fire is what helps them to keep releasing such enormous sounding… Continue Reading →

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