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Author Andy Pountney

I was brought up in the West Midlands during the back end of the thrash scene, and then relocated to Yorkshire, becoming immersed in the bludgeoning death metal scene. As death metal waned, I found my true musical calling in the form of black metal, and it is here that my musical passion remains to this day. Having said that, I’m open minded and will give a fair listen to any style of alternative music, especially live, enjoying all forms of extreme music and can regularly be found lurking with a camera in one hand and pint in the other at metal gigs……

Unreqvited – Mosaic II: la déteste et la détresse (Prophecy Productions)

Released on the same day as the phenomenal split with Sylvaine ‘Time Without End’, ‘Mosaic II’ is the fourth full length from Canadian one man project Unreqvited, and is the alter-ego to the previously released ‘Mosaic I’. Whereas ‘Mosaic I’… Continue Reading →

Sylvaine & Unreqvited – Time Without End (Prophecy Productions)

On the one hand, this is an unlikely pairing, but on the other it makes perfect sense and I know this is a bold statement but I don’t recall a split release ever being this coherent or synergistic. ‘Time Without… Continue Reading →

Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Fen, Caïna – Manchester Rebellion 14/12/19

  This gig had been in my diary for months and I was really looking forward to another opportunity to experience Der Weg Einer Freiheit in the live arena. When the undercard was announced it further added to my anticipation,… Continue Reading →

Trépas – ‘L’héritage Du Monde’ (Sepulchral Productions)

When I saw that Trépas was made up of veterans from Québec’s Death Metal scene, specifically Morgue and Outre-Tombe, I fully expected this to be another pulverising death metal bulldozer. How wrong I was, for ‘L’héritage du monde’ is a… Continue Reading →

Osi And The Jupiter – Nordlige Rúnaskog (Eisenwald)

A band’s name is its shop window, their one opportunity to create that all important first impression and the name may well determine whether someone actually gives them a listen or simply skips past them. As such, it is important… Continue Reading →

Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy & Hypocrisy – Manchester Apollo 29/11/19

The Vikings had landed, and they had brought some uber guests with them in the guise of Arch Enemy and Hypocrisy. On my arrival, security informed me that the gig was sold out and this was obviously evident by the… Continue Reading →

Ragnarok – Non Debellicata (Agonia Records)

Named after the cataclysmic final battle in Scandinavian mythology, Ragnarok have consistently been delivering a fitting soundtrack for this version of Armageddon for a quarter of century and are marking this with the release of their ninth album ‘Non Debellicata’…. Continue Reading →

Nocturnal – The Greater Emptiness (Seance Records)

Although the spiritual home of black metal lies in Scandinavia, its impact can be felt rumbling around most of our beleaguered planet, and although Australia might not be the first country you think of when considering icy black metal, the… Continue Reading →

Totengeflüster – The Faceless Divine (Black Lion Records)

Despite starting up in 2007, this is only Totengeflüster’s third studio release (alongside a live recording from 2017’s Beermageddon festival) so they are not exactly prolific but this is definitely a case of quality over quantity. Building on the foundation… Continue Reading →

Edenbridge – Dynamind (Steamhammer/SPV)

I have to admit that I have something of a love hate relationship with symphonic metal. When done well it is absolutely stunning, but if not then it can be mediocre at best and over the years I have swung… Continue Reading →

Netherbird – Into the Vast Uncharted (Eisenwald)

If you scratch away at the surface of any music genre, you will always uncover hidden gems that are arguably as good as the “A-Listers”, and in some cases can even surpass them. There are many factors that play a part in… Continue Reading →

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