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Cult Of Frey – By The Blood Of Odin Part 1 – Midgard (UKEM)

Go on, then, guess what sub-genre of metal this might belong to….? Got it in one. Viking metal from Bedfordshire, which is fine by me. Sadly his album has not exactly had an easy genesis. Cult Of Frey changed their… Continue Reading →

Atavist – III : Absolution (Candlelight)

Right after I started listening to “Absolution”, I was reminded of a character from Airplane proclaiming, “Looks like I picked the wrong day to give up glue sniffing”. By way of explanation, “Absolution” is four tracks of abject misery and… Continue Reading →

Fellwarden – Wreathed In Mourncloud (Eisenwald)

To say Fellwarden’s first release, Oathbearer, rarely strays from my playlist even after three years should tell you the esteem I hold this musical vision in. A project of The Watcher from lauded innovators Fen, with help from his Fen… Continue Reading →

Smiling Assassin – Plight Of The Millennial (Warren Records)

Keeping the flame of British hardcore punk alive, Yorkshire’s Smiling Assassin have virtually blasted out of the starting blocks. Having only formed in 2019, one might say they’ve been born in troublesome times so are well placed to spew forth… Continue Reading →

Interview – Dark Forest

Dark Forest – as many of you may know, I am a big fan of this band since their inception, recently they dropped a new studio album ‘Oak, Ash & Thorn’, which I found most pleasing. I had another chat… Continue Reading →

Shadowflag – In Asylum Requiem (Clobber Records)

As the COVID-19 lockdown begins to ease, I find myself wondering what will be the state of our beloved extreme music underground during the coming weeks and months. Will bands have managed to find a way through, will the live… Continue Reading →

Haken – Virus (InsideOut)

It won’t have escaped anyone’s attention that the title of this album is topical. In fact Haken are not jumping on any current bandwagon here, not that that ever is their way, but it’s a kind of sequel to the… Continue Reading →

Corpsing – Civilisation Under Nefarious Tyrants (S/R)

First things first. The album title is excellent on so very many levels. This twenty-year-old band was formed in London by the Cutispoto brothers and released their first two albums in 2005 and 2007 before going on a ten-year sabbatical…. Continue Reading →

The Suns Journey Through The Night – Eternal Black Transmissions (Repose Records)

I expect we are going to hear plenty of isolationist black metal hermits decomposing music during “the great plague of 2020” and this is one of them. Eschewing the normal social media route and indeed not even having a presence… Continue Reading →

Zebadiah Crowe – Host Rider (Lorebreaker)

It was, believe it or not, about ten years since I last came across this lot. I reviewed their debut for the precursor to Ave Noctum but… Honestly? I genuinely cannot recall what I thought then and it hasn’t exactly… Continue Reading →

Foetal Juice – Gluttony (Gore House Productions)

Here lies a salutary lesson and one I have heeded. Do not judge a book by its cover…ever…unless it’s a map of course but then is that a book? Who knows? And would you please get the fuck on with… Continue Reading →

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