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Korea – Abiogenesis (Vicisolum Records)

Now, be honest. Have you spent the last seven years in anticipation of Korea’s new album? I confess that I hadn’t, contrary to the claim that seven years of waiting is over. In fact I didn’t know about Korea, who… Continue Reading →

My Sleeping Karma – Mela Ananda (Napalm)

Translating from Hindi, Mela Ananda means “A gathering of bliss”. This is a rather fitting album title for the first live recording by Teutonic instrumental giants My Sleeping Karma in their ten year career. With MSK already receiving some pretty… Continue Reading →

Pain of Salvation – In The Passing Light Of Day (InsideOut)

Initially forming back in 1984 under the name ‘Reality’ before rebranding in 1991 and becoming Pain Of Salvation, this much revered institute of the northern reaches of Europe (Eskilstuna, Sweden) have managed to stay relevant and active in such a… Continue Reading →

Mantra – Laniakea (Finisterian Dead End)

Mantra talk about pushing their tribal and mystical experimentations further than on their debut album “Into the Light” (2013). I agree that there’s a very interesting ambience here. The drum patter of “Marcasite” is bright and breezy, before the track… Continue Reading →

Alcest – Kodama (Prophecy)

Blackgaze is a compound noun that strikes fear in the heart of many metaller, conjuring up images of bearded hipsters with pocket watch tattoos wanting to get their emo “awn” in a more mature and serious way. Alcest are the… Continue Reading →

Dreamwalkers Inc – Aphrodisia (Layered Reality Productions)

This four track EP is a taster for Mr Dreamwalker and his band’s forthcoming double album, which will comprise one light and one dark experience. Damnation and Deliverance, maybe? But that’s to come. Mr Dreamwalker is in fact Dutch musician… Continue Reading →

Amenra – Alive (ConSouling Sounds)

It’s rare that I break my rule of never writing in first person, however, I feel I should begin this review with a foreword. This was one of the most difficult reviews I have ever had to write. Trying to… Continue Reading →

Syberia – Resiliency (Debemur Morti)

Formed in Barcelona back in 2009, Syberia are an instrumental quartet named after the coldest region of Russia, Siberia, which in Turkish translates to “Asleep Land”. Quite fitting given how vast and sparsely inhabited it is, but we are not… Continue Reading →

Poem – Skein Syndrome (ViciSolum Productions)

Formed in 2006 and recording what Metal Hammer’s Greek publication declared as one of the top ten best ever metal albums to be released from the country back in 2008, Poem are a four piece progressive metal band from Athens…. Continue Reading →

Delvoid – Serene (Cocoon Productions)

Delvoid are a post prog rock band from Norway whose work has been likened to Tool, Sigur Ròs, Isis and even Opeth. From the instrumental and spooky intro, it is evident that their output has care and precision. This leads… Continue Reading →

Reverted – Stripping the Worms (S/R)

I’m really in 2 minds about this album. While I was reasonably impressed by their début release because it turned out to be a hell of lot heavier than I thought it would be. This album is a stripped down… Continue Reading →

Rendezvous Point -Solar Storm (Karisma)

Formed in Kristiansand, Norway back in 2012 when all its members were studying at the University of Agder, Rendezvous Point are set to release their debut offering with some serious buzz about them. Featuring members who have been involved with… Continue Reading →

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