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Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence (Season Of Mist)

Not a band who can actually be rushed in any way, it’s been a fairly long wait for Esoteric to deliver the follow up to 2011 album Paragon of Dissonance. Fans have been well catered for though due to plenty… Continue Reading →

Blood Oath – Infernum Rex Diabolus (S/R)

The Latin of this album title sounds better than the rough English translation of Hell Devil King as this UK act releases their second album of mainly old school death metal tempered with traits of thrash as the band relishes… Continue Reading →

Angel Witch – Angel Of Light (Metal Blade)

Can it really be almost 40 years ago that we were all unceremoniously informed “You’re an Angel Witch…You’re an Angel Witch”? First by way of a 7” with ‘Gorgon’ on the flip-side, then on the ground-breaking genre-defining NWOBHM classic LP… Continue Reading →

And Now The Owls Are Smiling – The Comforting Grip Of Misery (Clobber Records)

I first came across the curiously named And Now The Owls Are Smiling, the project of Norfolk based Nre, while delving down the rabbit hole of UKBM and finding his first album Despair and was rather taken by his atmospheric… Continue Reading →

The Bleeding – Morbid Prophecy (World War Now Records)

This UK band’s debut full length in 2017, “Rites Of Absolution” was a textbook deathly demolition as the sophomore capitalises on the ferocity laid down to produce a set of songs that showcase the improved musicianship without loss of intensity…. Continue Reading →

Caïna – Gentle Illness (Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings)

If there is one constant within the world of Caïna it’s that listeners can rely upon the sound of the one man black metal project to never stay the same. A definitive oxymoron, but across eight albums Andy Curtis-Brignell has… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ray’d – Behold Sedition Plainsong (Prosthetic Records)

For all its pomp and grandeur, upside down crosses and corpse-paint; Black Metal is quite a conservative sub-genre. Rules and regulations are often laid out and adhered to with (anti?) religious fervour and bone headed racist views often excused due… Continue Reading →

Cold In Berlin – Rituals Of Surrender (New Heavy Sounds)

Some bands have a special quality. Maybe it’s a unique sound or look while for others it might simply be an aura. For some years I’ve been intrigued by Cold In Berlin after seeing them at Candlefest in London’s Underworld… Continue Reading →

Steve Blower – Back in Hell (S/R)

This is the debut solo album from Steve whom some of you will know as the mastermind behind Hamerex. With Hamerex effectively being put on hold last year, Steve has worked to bring his solo vision to the world, made… Continue Reading →

Arx Atrata – The Path Untravelled (S/R)

This is a path I have travelled since it began back in 2013 with debut album Oblivion and continued 3 years later on Spiritus In Terra. The one thing that amazes me is the still self-released status of Arx Atrata,… Continue Reading →

Lesbian Bed Death – Born to Die on VHS (Psychophonic Records)

Now I have reviewed a few albums by bands with questionable names. I have also reviewed a few albums that champion the horror flicks of my youth. Freddy Kruger’s Underpants 2017 thrash offering “1981” offered some from column A and… Continue Reading →

Alunah – Violet Hour (Heavy Psych Sounds)

“To Jumbo, My Study, The House I Live In, Dundee”. Apologies reader, but I thought I’d better start this review by addressing the massive elephant in the room (dear editor, I’m sorry!). Alunah is a band that I’ve invested a… Continue Reading →

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