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The Well – Death and Consolation (Riding Easy Records)

Riding Easy Records are at it again. Emptying the murky bong water into the ears of the world. On this occasion it is the third coming of Austin three piece The Well. “Death and Consolation” is the follow up to… Continue Reading →

A Pale Horse Named Death – When The World Becomes Undone (Long Branch Records)

Normally you would associate anything musical hailing from Brooklyn to be of the hardcore variety, but there is a darker, heavier and suffocating presence which lurks in the depths of it. Originally, this beast was Type O Negative, but since… Continue Reading →

The Atomic Bitchwax – Force Field (Tee Pee)

“You’re dumb as fuck. You fucking suck and now I hope you fuckin’ dieeeeeee!” Not my words but those of Chris Kosnick of The Atomic Bitchwax on the beast of a track “Shocker”. I myself share this sentiment and put… Continue Reading →

Diablo Blvd- Zero Hour (Nuclear Blast)

Fronted by stand up comic Alex Agnew, Belgium’s Diablo Blvd are anything but a humorous act. Quite the contrary, latest release “Zero Hour” finds the band exploring humankind’s darker side within a world that just keeps getting things wrong. Their… Continue Reading →

The Black Capes – All These Monsters (Dark Tunes)

I used to DJ a few goth clubs back in the day, most of them had a strict “No Metal” policy, so it was always fun to see what I could get away with on the playlists in the midst… Continue Reading →

Suns of Thyme – Cascades (Napalm)

Genres are ever expanding. No one wants to be constrained to a pigeon hole so they create new ones for others to then be forced into.  Berlin’s “Suns of Thyme” are described as Krautgaze which I-with Holmes like deduction take… Continue Reading →

Deep Black – Nails (Van)

When the band are called Deep Black and the opening track is called “Nephillim” you make certain presumptions. My Merciful Release tattoo starts to itch and I can taste the acrid sweetness of snakebite and black at the back of… Continue Reading →

The Spirit Cabinet – Hystero Epileptic Possessed (Ván)

Blackened doom rock merchants The Spirit Cabinet have managed to splice two very different and appropriate meanings into their band name. Yes, it refers to some weird ouija board-style magic trick to communicate with the ‘other’ side. And also a… Continue Reading →

Path Of Samsara – The Fiery Hand (Ván)

German psychedelic rock n roll three piece from Freising, The Path Of Samsara like to keep their cards close to their chest. With a very helpful presser which simply read “Black Magic Rock and Roll from Germany”, the band can… Continue Reading →

Glowsun – Beyond The Wall Of Time (Napalm)

Hailing from Lille, France, Glowsun are a psychedelic stoner rock trio who are predominantly an instrumental band. Opting to allow the music to be the main focus, the lack of vocals really helps set the trio apart as they sling… Continue Reading →

Diablo Blvd – Follow The Deadlights (Nuclear Blast)

Diablo Blvd. (or Diablo Boulevard if you prefer) are a Belgian Metal band with comedian for a singer. It’s not that Alex Agnew’s vocals are particularly amusing or his lyrics have your side’s splitting, no, he’s an actual Comedian, a… Continue Reading →

Rainbows Are Free – Waves Ahead of the Ocean (Guest Room Records)

Where to start the review for ‘Waves Ahead of the Ocean’, the second album by Oklahoman weirdness merchants Rainbows Are Free?  Firstly, kudos to them for the best song title I’ve come across in years in the form of opening… Continue Reading →

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