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Almyrkvi / The Ruins Of Beverast – Split (Ván Records)

There may only be four tracks on this split release but with an average running time of 10 minutes each there is plenty to immerse yourself in and it certainly is not lacking in substance. Both bands could be considered… Continue Reading →

Árstíðir lífsins – Saga á tveim tungum II: Eigi fjǫll né firðir (Ván Records)

Árstíðir lífsins is bleakly grandiose pagan metal inspired by skaldic writings of the past. An altogether different league to the hordes of Viking metal bands that have swamped us in the past two or three decades. This is metal as… Continue Reading →

The Spirit Cabinet – Bloodlines (Van Records)

Looks like I completely misjudged this one when I chose it for review. Traditional heavy metal sounded good to me, I like traditional heavy metal, but this is metal of a rather pompous, theatrical, and maybe a little bit silly… Continue Reading →

Bezwering – Aan De Wormen Overgeleverd (Ván Records)

Translating to ‘Handed Over To The Worms’ this debut full length by Dutch black metallers Bezwering is a fine addition to this year’s seething black metal cauldron. Formed like a phoenix rising from the ashes out the now defunct Wederganger… Continue Reading →

Nekrovault – Totenzug: Festering Peregrination (Ván Records)

Seemingly everything that Ván Records releases within the death metal sphere is a classic demonstration of fetid annihilation as this German bunch add their name to their formidable roster with a debut that reeks of macabre finesse and ghoulish destruction…. Continue Reading →

Sweven – The Eternal Resonance (Ván Records)

As you’ve probably guessed this Swedish act is named after the final album by Morbus Chron before they split up. Purely the sonic vision of Morbus Chron’s Robert Andersson this could be viewed as a solo project under the banner… Continue Reading →

King Dude – Full Virgo Moon (Ván Records)

Across seven albums, spanning eight years, King Dude has explored every facet of folk, Americana and post punk. His eighth LP, ‘Full Virgo Moon’ feels like a return to the melancholy roots of his earliest releases ‘Tonight’s Special Death’ and… Continue Reading →

Caronte – Wolves of Thelema (Van Records)

Italian doom singing about deeply occult themes? Yeah, go on then, I’m in. I haven’t listened to any Italian bands in a really, really long time – not for any reason other than I haven’t really had the opportunity to…. Continue Reading →

Saligia – Vesaevus (Van Records)

Saligia formed in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2011 that they released their first full length, ‘Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’, previously only laying down demos in an attempt to gain a foothold in the icy barren black metal landscape. The… Continue Reading →

Lindy-Fay Hella – Seafarer (Van Records)

Seafarer is what Lindy-Fay Hella of Wardruna chose to call her first solo album, and one can’t help but immediately think of the Vikings and Hella’s main band. But while Seafarer’s connections to Norse culture are indeed evident in music… 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 →

Crom Dubh – Firebrands and Ashes (Van Records)

Named after a mythological Irish figure whose name translates as “dark crooked one”, this London based quartet turned heads with their folky melodies on debut “Heimweh” back in 2015. Crom Dubh have further evolved their sound on this sophomore full-length. The seven tracks… Continue Reading →

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