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Dark Fortress – Spectres From The Old World (Century Media)

No band does fear, misanthropy or creepy, agonising death better than Dark Fortress. If you don’t believe me, check out any of their albums but in particular “Séance” (2006), in my view one of the greatest black metal albums of… Continue Reading →

Morast – Il nostro silenzio (Totenmusik / Van)

A morose and atmospheric slab of doomy death here from this German quartet who have tied their second album in thematically with a narrative of “noises inside the head.” New to me as are other bands the quartet currently play… Continue Reading →

The King is Blind – Our Father (Cacophonous)

Well, that’s a way to kick off the year. This UK five-piece send the traditional post-Yuletide sluggishness screaming to the hills with a bruising yet razor-sharp attack of utterly bludgeoning material. The band often tag their own sound as ‘Monolothic… Continue Reading →

Absent/Minded – Alight (S/R)

Founded in 2009, this gritty German collective seem most adept at summoning up swathes of death-doom all weighed down with a depressive post and black metal gloom that lingers long after the last note has sounded out. Now on their… Continue Reading →

Crone – Gehenna (Prophecy)

As ‘Seven Bells’ was my favourite album of 2012 it was a bit of a no brainer picking this new EP by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist sG’s spanking new outfit Crone to review. He is not quite tackling everything by himself… Continue Reading →

Dark Fortress – Venereal Dawn (Century Media)

Here’s the seventh album from this particular German school of creeping black death. “The musical expression of emotional abysses” is the way they describe it. “Venereal Dawn” centres on the theme of living light but in a way that spawns… Continue Reading →

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata (Century Media)

Triptykon are a band that should need no introduction, but for the uninitiated I will give you a brief summary. Triptykon was born from the ashes of the legendary extreme metal band Celtic Frost. After a long silence, Celtic Frost… Continue Reading →

Grieving Age – Merely The Fleshless We And The Awed Obsequy… (Solitude)

It’s always a great delight getting a pile of carefully wrapped discs over from Russian label Solitude Productions and their affiliated label Bad Mood Man. It’s a difficult task listening to them and thinking how much I like the sound… Continue Reading →

Kuolemanlaakso – Uljas Uusi Maailma (Svart Records)

Cast your mind back to the last time you were due to sit an exam you had under-prepared for, henceforth resulting in last-minute revision cramming. Do you remember the ghastly sensation of reading over the same paragraphs again and again… Continue Reading →

High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis (Century Media)

High On Fire don’t release soft albums, ‘De Vermis Mysteriis’ (translation: ‘The Mysteries of the Worm’) is the bands sixth studio release, and from the opening moments of the album, you are in for a heavy Sabbath/doom inspired metal monster…. Continue Reading →

Horn of the Rhino – Grengus (Doomentia Records)

This Bilbao band cite influences as far reaching as Soundgarden, Bolt Thrower and Autopsy, I kid you not, and throughout my numerous listening experiences with ‘Grengus’, I can honestly say, this is no bullshit. Each and every track is a… Continue Reading →

Hellvetron – Death Scroll Of Seven Hells And Its Infernal Majesties (Hells Headbangers)

 I know that when I received this album to review that some of my colleagues at Ave Noctum refused to review it due to the duo who make up Hellvetron being affiliated with another active band called Nyogthaeblisz, whose background… Continue Reading →

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