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Strigoi – Abandon All Faith (Nuclear Blast)

Not content with being an original member and driving force behind both bona-fide legendary acts Paradise Lost and newer-but-no-less-impressive Vallenfyre, Gregor Mackintosh returns with his post-Vallenfyre outfit, Strigoi. Accompanying him here is the fellow Vallen-fellow, Chris Casket (currently also of… Continue Reading →

Godthrymm – A Grand Reclamation (Transcending Records)

Supergroups aren’t a new idea, but are they always a good idea? A vast number of highly creative individuals crammed into one space with influences and styles running amok may sound like a recipe for success but it can potentially… Continue Reading →

Damnation Festival – Leeds University Union 4/11/17

As I approached the University Union in Leeds, on a cold November morning, I could feel the air of anticipation growing, for I was about to embark on the annual bonfire weekend extravaganza that is the Damnation Festival. There were… Continue Reading →

Paradise Lost – Medusa (Nuclear Blast)

Now, if you thought that the veteran gothic/doom metalers had gone back to basics with 2015’s ‘The Plague Within’, wait until you hear this gnarly little fucker. Almost completely devoid of PL’s more grandiose leanings, ‘Medusa’ is certainly their heaviest… Continue Reading →

Gods Forsaken – In a Pitch Black Grave (SoulSeller Records)

Old School Swedish Death Metal. If you’re short on time, you could just read those first five words and have a pretty accurate view of what this album is like. That guitar sound is now so ubiquitous that it usually… Continue Reading →

Vallenfyre – Fear Those Who Fear Him (Century Media)

Crust, death, doom, dirt fans rejoice Yorkshire’s finest purveyors of filth Vallenfyre are back with album number three. Really this lot should need no introduction at all. Spearheaded by Gregor Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) and Hamish Glencross (ex My Dying Bride)… Continue Reading →

Eastern Front – EmpirE (Cacophonous)

I have been following the lead up to Eastern Front’s 3rd campaign quite carefully and it hasn’t exactly been without its shares of drama and casualties. You could even say the Ipswich based blackened war metal crew had found themselves… Continue Reading →

My Dying Bride – Feel The Misery (Peaceville)

We are a bit late to the party here and when I say party it’s not a happy one in the slightest; no jelly, ice cream, balloons and clowns here. The reason why for the delay is that we were… Continue Reading →

Paradise Lost – The Plague Within (Century Media)

After 27 years, it’s album number 14 for Halifax’s finest, Paradise Lost, and what a hell of a journey it’s been so far! Their humble and deathly beginnings gave rise to the pioneering style of “Gothic Metal”, before they went… Continue Reading →

Vallenfyre & Ancient Ascendant – London Boston Arms 21/10/14

Bit odd that there was just the one support tonight and they were not on for well over an hour after the doors opened. Anyone would think there was a lack of bands up for playing, especially as the one… Continue Reading →

At The Gates – At War With Reality (Century Media)

This is something a lot of us have been waiting a long time for. Back in 2008, the legendary Scandinavian death metal pioneers reformed for a series of festival dates and at that time, they announced that they weren’t going… Continue Reading →

Damnation Festival – Leeds University 2/11/12

You can tell how successful a festival is by the amount of people there and even as we enter the labyrinth Leeds University to negotiate the four stages that the event has been expanded to the first band on our… Continue Reading →

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