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The Offering – Home (Century Media)

It’s safe to say that nobody sounds like The Offering, yet The Offering sound like everybody. Since their inception in 2015, this US four piece have honed their scattered influences before churning out this debut full length. The result is… Continue Reading →

Ayat- Carry on, Carrion (Moribund)

It is hard for me to review this album by Lebanese BM bods Ayat objectively. A lot is made online of the threat that these guys live under due to their anti religious , anti conformist stance. As far as… Continue Reading →

Worselder – Paradigms Lost (S/R)

Groovers in the heart of the 90’s, well that strikes as a pretty good descriptive line to sum up this lot from the Pyrenees Mountain region of France. Just to clarify they play groove metal and it sounds very much… Continue Reading →

Mystons – Destination Death (V.R. Label)

Not to be confused with the things out of ‘Captain Scarlet’, this is Finnish duo Mystons, sailing into view with their fifth album ‘Destination Death’. Recorded mostly live with minimal overdubs, drummer John Myston and vocalist/guitarist Mauri Myston have crafted… Continue Reading →

The Erkonauts – I Did Something Bad (Kaotoxin)

“You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had… Continue Reading →

Cave of Swimmers – Reflection (SR)

If you’re going to flop-flop over as many genres as possible in what is basically an extended EP, then this is a study in how high you can aim. Cave of Swimmers have been attracting no small amount of attention,… Continue Reading →

Sister – Disguised Vultures (Metal Blade)

Stockholm has produced a lot of great bands over the years and Sister are another act to add to the Swedish capital’s resume.  This four piece have the sort of sound that “ I used to Fuck People Like you… Continue Reading →

Almost Human – ø (Suisa)

Not to be confused with various other ‘almost humans’ this lot are the Swiss version who simply class themselves as a metal band. Obviously there is a bit more to it than that as this nicely packaged card EP designed… Continue Reading →

The Earls Of Mars – ST (Candlelight)

I have had great fun witnessing The Earls Of Mars live a few times and seeing people stagger out of the show at its conclusion with dazed looks on their faces, not knowing quite what they have heard and witnessed…. Continue Reading →

Plough – The 10th Circle (SR)

I have to get this out of the way. Plough is an awful name for a band. Unless you are a Metal Wurzels tribute act. It conjures up memories of harvest festival at junior school which I have had therapy… Continue Reading →

Acrania – An Uncertain Collision (SR)

With this much headfuckery ahoy, I usually find it best to ditch the PR and plough on. In the case of this very idiosyncratic group from Mexico, mostly because somewhere someone mentioned death metal, and it ain’t even ball park… Continue Reading →

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