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Wapentake – Murmurations (S/R)

Yes it is an odd word and apparently means “(in the UK) a subdivision of certain northern and midland English counties, corresponding to a hundred in other counties.” As far as musical origins are concerned 1st port of call is… Continue Reading →

Winterfylleth – The Dark Hereafter (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

I was checking and noticed that it has been almost exactly two years since the last studio release from Winterfylleth; the landmark ‘The Divination Of Antiquity’ album. It doesn’t seem that long because of the stature of that work and… Continue Reading →

Hryre – From Mortality to Infinity (Code666)

This atmospheric black metal album draws inspiration from nature and the English countryside, and specifically West Yorkshire whence Hryre come. I use the word “whence” because this is the kind of word that Hryre would use. There’s no plain Yorkshire… Continue Reading →

Imperium Dekadenz – Dis Manibvs (Season Of Mist)

Black metal from the black forest. It’s been several years since we last wallowed in the verdant ‘Meadows Of Nostalgia’ but we were never going to forget about Imperium Dekadenz despite the wait and fact that they are unfortunately not… Continue Reading →

Near – Own Sun (De Tenebrarum Principio)

So near yet so far, certainly that’s the case if you go looking for these shadowy Italians on the Interweb as they have no official presence at all. From what we can deduce they are a trio made up from… Continue Reading →

Vacivus – Rite Of Ascension (Hellthrasher)

Originally released earlier in the year on cassette, comes five tracks of “total death”, courtesy of Sunderland’s Vacivus, a band whose members’ previous acts have included Wodensthrone and Plague Rider. Now given a CD release from Hellthrasher Productions, ‘Rite of… Continue Reading →

Annwn – Idris Awaits (S/R)

Here’s a real blast from the past. This Welsh band got in touch reminding that we had reviewed their previous demos via past websites when they were active between 2006 and 2009. In that time the band have not split… Continue Reading →

Eerie – Into Everlasting Death (Arachnophobia Records)

Well when you call a band eerie that’s what you expect but that is not the feeling one gets first from the music from this Polish duo. I guess if something is eerie it is sinister in atmosphere and dwells… Continue Reading →

Crom Dubh – Heimweh (Ván)

It’s rare that I reach these levels of excitement about a pagan black metal release – in the same way as I did when I first heard all those early Kampfar, Falkenbach and Forefather releases. It’s not that I’m jaded… Continue Reading →

Ahamkara – The Embers Of The Stars (Nordvis / Bindrune)

Perhaps their moniker is a reference to Hindu philosophy or, less likely, the dragon-like creature in the massively multiplayer first-person shooting videogame Destiny. One thing is for certain, Ahamkara sure know how to get under your skin. They are Newcastle-Upon-Tyne… Continue Reading →

Grimoire – L’Aorasie Des Spectres Rêveurs (Eisenwald)

There are atmospheric black metal bands to stroke your chin to, in knowing appreciation of a job reasonably well done, and there are others to lose yourself in completely. Grimoire’s second release, an EP, makes a good effort aiming for… Continue Reading →

Fen – Carrion Skies (code 666)

I’ve come to realise that the world of Fen contains mystical atmospheres, a great deal of harshness and occasional melancholy in the moody, bleak and windswept landscapes. “The Malediction Fields” (2008) and “Dustwalker” (2012) are two of my favourite albums…. Continue Reading →

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