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Draconian – Sovran (Napalm)

2015 has been a particularly strong year for fans of the gothic doom sound, not least for the fact that two of the giants of the genre have released their strongest albums in some time. In doing so both Paradise… Continue Reading →

Withdrawn / Demented – Things Change Others Remain (Great Dane)

This split from Great Dane Records features two French death metal bands that have been around for a while but have not really made their mark so far. Withdrawn have been around for just over 10 years and have 2… Continue Reading →

Seth – Seth (Minotauro Records)

Minotauro records have developed a reputation for being the champions of forgotten bands and the latest of these to get the Minotauro treatment is 80’s Boston prog rockers Seth. A quick search of the internet for Seth and the imprint… Continue Reading →

Bog Oak – A Treatise on Resurrection and the Afterlife (Svart)

Californian trio Bog Oak are a breath of fresh air for many reasons. For every band jumping on the occult doom bandwagon at the moment, very few manage to achieve it with a shred of originality; but Bog Oak’s blackened… Continue Reading →

Witherscape – The New Tomorrow (Century Media)

I picked up Witherscape’s first album ‘The Inheritance’ on an old fashioned whim after seeing it in an independent record shop (one of the few that remain), and then being drawn in by the cover, the suggestion on the cover… Continue Reading →

Arcana Coelestia – Nomas (Avantgarde)

‘Nomas’, the 3rd album from Italian blackened funeral doomsters Arcana Coelestia, has finally arrived after a long and difficult labour. Stuck in development hell over four years largely due to personal difficulties within the band, matters were finally resolved when… Continue Reading →

The Deathtrip – Deep Drone Master (Svart)

If I had a pound for every press release I have read that promised ‘True Black Metal’ I’d be reasonably financially comfortable. It’s a common and almost always empty promise these days and as a result I tend to pay… Continue Reading →

Black Jesus – Everything Black…Everything Dead (Grindhead Records)

The fascination for technical death metal has become utterly tiresome, especially with the proliferation of bands who have taken the meaning of such to be to play as fast and as downtuned as possible whilst a guitarist performs some freestyle… Continue Reading →

Posthum – The Black Northern Ritual (Indie)

I was very impressed with Posthum’s last album, 2012’s ‘Light’s Out’ and with their approach to black metal in general which draws on the many varied takes on the genre. It was an album that rather predictably split opinion, with… Continue Reading →

Incipient Chaos – Sulphur (Mortis Humanae Productions)

As French black metal veers from the sublime to the ridiculous finding new bands can be a bit of a minefield. For every Deathspell Omega there is a Fadades, however there are usually a few clues to help sort the… Continue Reading →

Antropomorphia – Rites Ov Perversion (Metal Blade)

I was surprised to see that Dutch death metallers Antropomorphia are 25 year veterans of the scene given that I had never come across them before. Long term devotees of the death, sex and gore unholy triumvirate that provides the… Continue Reading →

Doom:VS – Earthless (Solitude Productions)

Johan Ericson likes to keep himself busy, so when he is not doing his day job playing guitar for Draconian he has a number of other ways of keeping his creative side occupied. Alongside mixing and producing duties and session… Continue Reading →

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