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Devilish Impressions – Postmortem Whispering Crows (Non Serviam)

This three-track EP came with a mountain of accompanying information which I dutifully read. It seems like insecurity to me, and I don’t know why because Devilish Impressions have been upping their game since 2000, evolving their style of symphonic… Continue Reading →

Keys Of Orthanc – A Battle In The Dark Lands Of The Eye… (Naturmacht)

I’m going to go ahead and be completely self-indulgent for a moment. When I get to review a second release from an artist in a row it really fills me with a sense of joy. As if I’m a part… Continue Reading →

Aeon Winds – Stormveiled (Avantgarde Music)

Being one who is partial to symphonic black metal and in particular Limbonic Art and Emperor with whose style this Slovakian band has been compared, this album was of great interest before I’d even heard a note. This is Aeon… Continue Reading →

Aephanemer – Prokopton (Primeval Records)

I only became aware of French band Aphanemer after seeing them live at Warhorns Festival in 2018. Live they really impressed me; a young, energetic and wonderfully musically adept band who looked great on stage and used it well. After… Continue Reading →

Abyssic – High The Memory (Osmose Productions)

What’s going to make this review weird for me, is that there are only 5 songs, but the album is nearly an hour and a half long, with a couple songs over 20 minutes and the shortest approaching 9, meaning… Continue Reading →

Anneke van Giersbergen with Residentie Orkest The Hague – Symphonized (Inside Out)

Anneke van Giersbergen is something of an enigma having constantly evolved her style over the years amassing an impressive back catalogue of work during her tenures with The Gathering, Agua de Annique, The Gentle Storm, Vuur and of course her… Continue Reading →

Atrocity – Okkult II (Massacre)

Being a classic or storied band can have its drawbacks, these usually rear their ugly heads in the later stages of a bands career where people hark back to the days of old and what the band were. This level… Continue Reading →

Keys Of Orthanc – Dush Agh Golnauk (Naturmacht Productions)

Tolkien’s legacy will live forever as a benchmark for Fantasy literature and thanks to Peter Jackson a benchmark for Fantasy cinema as well. Although I have only ever had the pleasure of viewing the films a mistake I must rectify… Continue Reading →

Onirism – Falling Moon (Naturmacht)

With moons and skies and stars and cosmic whales featuring in the titles, there’s more than a suggestion of a celestial journey about this album. Vrath, the person at the centre of this symphonic ambient black metal project from France,… Continue Reading →

Vanguard X Mortem – Amberosia (Noir Carrousel)

“Baroque” is not a word you will often hear as a descriptor for a metal band, but that is exactly how Vanguard X Mortem describe themselves, as well as “Symphonic, Atmospheric and Vampyric”. Sound interesting? Then read on….. Formed in… Continue Reading →

Summoning – With Doom We Come (Napalm)

The sounds of Middle Earth will never be forgotten and will reverberate with the clamour of heroes around the great halls forevermore. Well they will if Protector and Silenius have their way and despite being quiet for nearly 5 long… Continue Reading →

SepticFlesh – Codex Omega (Season of Mist)

The problem with reviewing a new SepticFlesh album is expectation and having to pick it apart. As in, I have to be objective and meticulous and point out what could’ve been done to make things better. For example, is the… Continue Reading →

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