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At The Altar Of The Horned God – Through Doors Of Moonlight (I, Voidhanger)

Featuring a quite mesmerising cover painted by one Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, this debut promised something a little different if such care had been taken with the music as the cover art. I’m glad to say Heolstor, the musician, has certainly delivered… Continue Reading →

Druadan Forest – Dismal Spells From The Dragonrealm (Werewolf)

So labelling this ‘dungeon synth’, according to the PR, is ‘revisionist ‘ and sells short the man’s work. Well only is you think dungeon synth is something to be sneered at, and I most certainly do not think that. Dungeon… Continue Reading →

Sink – Ark Of Contempt And Anger (Svart)

Marked up as psychic AOR, Sink’s latest offering is far more subversive than that initial description suggests. It is, after all, an exploration into the reasons behind man’s very existence, deconstructing his own self-awareness – pure waffle or a valuable… Continue Reading →

Valborg – Romantik (Temple Of Torturous)

Dark, decedent and delicious are all words that come to me when listening to German band Valborg’s fifth album. Although they have been around for a while and released quite a bit this is my first encounter with them and… Continue Reading →

Sammal – Myrskyvaroitus (Svart)

For their third album Sammal have declared a “second coming”, declaring that they want to be themselves and shake off any comparisons with Black Sabbath or Uriah Heep. My personal recollection of listening to Sammal was of a retro progressive… Continue Reading →

Frozen Ocean – Prills Of Remembrance (S/R)

Back for the first time this year and I am sure not the last are Frozen Ocean, a project helmed by Vaarwel from Moscow and one that regular readers to this site will no doubt have heard of before. I… Continue Reading →

Svarta Stugan – EP3 Aspects Of Our Future Lives (S/R)

As the title suggests this is the third EP in a series from Swedes Svarta Stugan following on from a self-titled debut and second release ‘A Mutation And A Madness.’ They describe it as being inspired by the likes of… Continue Reading →

Echo Us – II:XI A Priori Memoriae (Dust On The Tracks)

“This album….is something that even the top of the class Mike Oldfield was not able to achieve through decades of work”; wow!  That little quote was from the blurb that was slipped into the CD case with my promotional copy… Continue Reading →

Zodiac – Sonic Child (Napalm)

After my last encounter with laid back rockers Zodiac ( ) it’s probably a fair question as to why I’m here again. We’ll the answer is in the criticisms I made last time, about the too clinical/perfect approach and the… Continue Reading →

Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestite (Artemisia)

As fans we have a deep but usually distant relationship with the bands we love. We care and we hope and we revel in their art and the emotions they stir inside us. But on occasions, in some respects, we… Continue Reading →

Secrets Of The Sky – To Sail Black Waters (Kolony Records)

Most debut albums tend to be rough-and-ready and recorded in a day by the lead singer’s dodgy Uncle Frank who happens to own a beat-up old eight-track. Well, perhaps not quite that punk, but they do usually veer towards being… Continue Reading →

Pagan Altar – The Time Lord (Shadow Kingdom Records)

OK, this is a little difficult to review. For a starter it dates back to 1978, and had been around on vinyl via a couple of labels since 2004. For another reason; to NWOBHM aficionados it is a rock solid… Continue Reading →

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