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Asphodelia – Welcome Apocalypse (Mighty Music)

This work of dark symphonic metal is Italian band Asphodelia’s first full album release. This surprised me as I heard the opening title track. Confident and powerful to the core, the build up is both symphonic and epic. There’s a… 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 →

Subterranean Masquerade – Vagabond (Vicisolum)

Subterranean Masquerade – expect the unexpected. There’s always something unexpected on a Subterranean Masquerade album. The band’s main line-up is normal enough as you look down the list of members – there’s of course guitarist Tomer Pink (the band’s founder),… Continue Reading →

Sirenia – Dark Days Of Dolor (Napalm)

So whatever the reasons were, Sirenia main-man Morten Veland decided it was time to bring in a new vocalist in the form of Emmanuelle Zoldan after 8 years and 4 albums with Ailyn (it sounds like she’s had a tough… Continue Reading →

GOLD – No Image (Vàn)

GOLD’s mission statement is to “play a distinct form of heavy rock as a monument to civilisation’s decline”. This follow-up to their first album “Interbellum” is much more than heavy rock. “No Image” should really be called “A Multitude of… Continue Reading →

Melted Space – The Great Lie (Sensory)

This album should have had me running to the hills screaming and trying to distance myself as far away from it as possible. Melted Space are a project that were originally formed by Pierre Le Pape of Wormfood and essentially… Continue Reading →

Sirenia- The Seventh Life Path (Napalm)

I got this album the same week as I received the new Nightwish to review. “So What?” some might ask, “Who Cares? Get on with the review” others may insist, but I bring this up because when you listen to… Continue Reading →

Vanguard X Mortem – Neptune Fragrance (S/R)

Neptune Fragrance? Hmm, smells a bit fishy to me! Hahahahaha – Oh come on, like I’m the only reviewer who’s going to use THAT line? Besides, I reviewed VXM’s debut at the beginning of last year, so I feel I… Continue Reading →

Amederia – Unheard Prayer (Badmoodman Music)

I’m not normally one for reaching to the sky in a fit of unlimited melancholic gloom, but I’ll try anything once. I imagined that the slow and melancholic (henceforth abbreviated to s and m) piano intro would lead to something,… Continue Reading →

Edenian – Rise Of The Nephilim (BadMoodMan)

Speaking with my British Metal Musician and Fan’s hat on (available from all good retailers kids…), it’s slightly irksome that the UK has given little to the Metal World of major influence since the early 80’s. It’s OK, it’s fine,… Continue Reading →

Another Destiny Project – Metodo Paranoico-Critico (SR)

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Pahor’s musical vision in very commendable indeed. He wants his project (that’s Another Destiny Project to you and me…) to be free in every sense. Free from boundaries, industry interference, greed, vanity, commerce – totally, and genuinely free…. Continue Reading →

Garth Arum – The Dawn of a New Creation (Satanath Records)

The sleeve artwork suggests a multi-coloured fantasy, so it’s no surprise that it starts with the soothing tone of the harp. “It all” however is too prosaic a way to describe this “deep voyage towards the inner self”, which is… Continue Reading →

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