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Hanging Garden – I Am Become (Lifeforce Records)

‘I Am Become’ is the fifth album by the Helsinki sextet and first with the current line-up. It is also awesome listening for the autumn where the sky is miserably overcast and the days brisk and cold. It’s rather melodic… Continue Reading →

Hallatar – No Stars Upon The Bridge (Svart)

After the tragic death of Aleah Starbridge on the 18th of April 2016 and the posthumous release of the Trees of Eternity début in November that year, guitarist Juha Raivio was left with the writings, lyrics, and poems of his… Continue Reading →

The Kahless Clone – Our Never-Ending Loneliness (S/R)

For some reason the last couple of November’s Doom albums didn’t seem to hit our radar, shame as I have always quite liked the band ‘The Pale Haunt Departure’ 2005 being a particular favourite. The reason I am mentioning this… Continue Reading →

Ball Noir – Last Serenades (S/R)

A little bit of something different for you. Ball Noir are a Dutch dark folk-metal band, though it’s fair to say that they’re rather more influenced by the golden periods of bands such as our very own My Dying Bride… Continue Reading →

Ancient Ascendant – Raise The Torch (Candlelight Records)

Possibly one of the UK’s premier extreme metal acts Ancient Ascendant has been steadily unleashing quality releases for nearly a decade. The bands last album, “Echoes And Cinder” had a slight experimental feathering with beautifully poised acoustic passages blending with… Continue Reading →

Shores Of Null – Black Drapes For Tomorrow (Candlelight Records)

I bought this band’s debut at the Inferno Festival in 2016 along with a shirt as they were one of the best bands of the festival and I admit to being a bit nervy about this sophomore album as the… Continue Reading →

Achiote – Loneliness of Endless Days (V.R. Label)

OK, I admit it, I looked into the band, saw the words Finland and Melancholic, coupled with the title of the album and did rather leap to conclusions, expecting something along the lines of Sentenced, Charon, To/Die/For or even Amorphis…. Continue Reading →

Hanging Garden – Hereafter (Lifeforce)

Well, this new EP is a bit of fun…OK, maybe not “fun”, that’s too up-beat for a Dark Gothic Doom Metal band named Hanging Garden…so let’s plump for engaging shall we? Last year’s “Blackout/Whiteout” opus was released only last year… Continue Reading →

Kuolemanlaakso – M. Laakso – Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes (Svart)

This third album by Kuolemanlaakso is far more of a solo effort than the previous ones, as other than drums and bass by Tiera and Usva respectively, Laakso takes care of vocals, guitar and keyboard duties here. Granted there are… Continue Reading →

Throes Of Dawn – Our Voices Shall Remain (Argonauta Records)

Ah Finland, nobody does Dark Metal quite like Finland. Nobody seems to cram in so much atmosphere, melancholy and lets face it, down-right despondency as the Fins manage. And I love them for it. Throes Of Despondency…sorry…Dawn like to supplement… Continue Reading →

Metalfest Open Air – Lochotin Cirque, Pilsen, Czech Republic – 3rd-5th June 2016

Day Three Having been kept awake most of the night by an almighty thunderstorm I approached day three somewhat bleary eyed as I trudged into the amphitheatre for Motorhead covers band, Motorgang. Their performance was poignant on the background of… Continue Reading →

The Vision Bleak – The Unknown (Prophecy)

There’s no denying that when you are a fan of a band a press release bandying about phrases like “reinvention”, “new beginning” and “second birth” can be very worrying. Hideous thoughts of a Gothic Bon Jovi flash through your mind…. Continue Reading →

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