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Creeping Flesh – Into The Meat Grinder (Growls from the Underground)

‘Into The Meat Grinder’ is the début album by this 6 year old Swedish quintet comprising of guitarists William Persson Öberg and Sofus Stille, bassist Korp Thidrandir, drummer Marre Kadhammar and vocalist Robert “Rio” Karlsson. After the 3 second opening… Continue Reading →

Netherbird – Into the Vast Uncharted (Eisenwald)

If you scratch away at the surface of any music genre, you will always uncover hidden gems that are arguably as good as the “A-Listers”, and in some cases can even surpass them. There are many factors that play a part in… Continue Reading →

In Mourning – Garden Of Storms (Agonia Records)

I first stumbled across In Mourning back in 2010 when they released their second full length album ‘Monolith’. The intensity within the melodic death metal sections when combined with the subtle gothic undercurrents from their initial sounds and the slightly… Continue Reading →

Screamer – Highway of Heroes (The Sign)

Returning with album number four, these Swedes come back with another album for a “Friday night party”, in fact their music philosophies’ every night is a party. Right from the start you get the traditional metal influence, as I have… Continue Reading →

Pyramido – Fem (The Sign Records)

Fem – Swedish for 5, is the Malmo quintet’s 5th album. High fives all round! These chaps mix dreamy shoegaze atmospheres with uplifting doom and tortured sludge vocals. So far up my alley I need a proctologist to extract it! First… Continue Reading →

Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio – Let’s Play (Two Girls & A Goat) (Out Of Line Music)

Not something that you want to type into your browser at work! The title brings to mind the hedonism of ancient Rome or early 21st Century Akercocke. What Tomas Pettersson and cohorts offer is something a lot more sedate. Ordo Rosarius… Continue Reading →

Myronath – Into the Qliphoth (Non Serviam)

I confess I had to look up what the qliphoth is, and now know it is a representation of evil or impure forces in Jewish mysticism. The evil and impure part of this is not so surprising when you consider… Continue Reading →

One Hour Hell – Voidwalker (ViciSolum)

SweDeath is a fairly common approach to Death Metal these days. Highly influential, instantly recognizable and easy to blend in with other styles and approaches, this core style of Death Metal is one we are all widely familiar with, and… Continue Reading →

Alfahanne – Atomvinter (Indie Recordings)

Alfahanne are an anomaly. When the Swedes offered up their debut “Alfapokalyps” in 2014 interest was piqued due to the members being ex members of well respected black metal bands and the plethora of cult figures they brought in as… Continue Reading →

Ehlder – Nordabetraktelse (Nordvis)

Whatever was written way back in 2002 is long since forgotten and indeed lost but I distinctly remember the impact behind Armagedda’s debut album of Swedish black metal that was ‘The Final War Approaching.’ It was a hefty album of… Continue Reading →

Patronymicon – Ushered Forth by Cloven Tongue (Osmose)

With band members such as N. Sadist, J. Malice and M. Feral, originality doesn’t promise to be on the agenda here. This is the third album from the Swedish black metallers. I spent a lot of time working out who… Continue Reading →

Dead Kosmonaut – Rekviem (High Roller Records)

Now this is a quirky bunch from Sweden whose sophomore EP takes you down a time portal into the 70s where riffing trickery was linked to emotive powerhouse lead work. Comprising of five established musicians notably Pelle Gustafson from Nifelheim… Continue Reading →

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