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Sigiriya – Maiden Mother Crone (Burning World)

Back in 2014 there were some fine albums released and one of those managed to beat out big names like AC/DC to get my nod for the album of the year. This album is called “Darkness Died Today” by the… Continue Reading →

Barishi – Old Smoke (Season of Mist)

Old Smoke makes me think of Texas barbeques. Right country, wrong place. Progressive metal band Barishi are from New England. The band’s 2016 album “Blood from the Lion’s Mouth” was impressive and made my top 20 for the year on… Continue Reading →

Witchskull – A Driftwood Cross (Rise Above)

“The skies are dark. The atmosphere is thick with dread. The future looks bleak. Only pure, red-blooded heavy fucking metal can save us now.” That’s the beginning of the bio for Witchskull. And while it might seem a tad exaggerated,… Continue Reading →

Smokemaster – S/T (Tonzonen)

It should come as absolutely no surprise once seeing this band name that they bring a fragrant perfume of herby scents with them all the way from Cologne in Germany. This is the group’s debut album of psychedelic rock and… Continue Reading →

Elder – Omens (Stickman Records)

It’s hard to believe that Elder have existed as a band for almost 15 years when it feels like only yesterday that they were a trio enjoying the success that ‘Dead Roots Stirring’ afforded them and making their debut at… Continue Reading →

Demonic Death Judge – The Trail (Suicide Records)

The stoner and sludge scene spreads its wings far and wide. Finnish riff lords, Demonic Death Judge have released their fourth long player, “The Trail”. Since their formation in 2009, they’ve had a steady stream of albums, EP’s and split… Continue Reading →

Void Of Sleep – Metaphora (Aural Music)

Void Of Sleep are a five piece band who hail from Ravenna, Italy, and much like their peers, the excellent Psychedelic Witchcraft, they play a rather mind-bending variant of doom. Unlike their peers however, Void Of Sleep focus more on… Continue Reading →

Witches Of Doom – Funeral Radio (My Kingdom Music)

Italian Metal band Witches Of Doom certainly have a difficult sound to pin down. The name suggests maybe an Electric Wizard style Doom, maybe a St. Vitus style, or at the very least an orange-amped fuzz-laden retro outfit, but Witches… Continue Reading →

Hyborian – Volume II (Season of Mist)

It’s been three years since Mastodon released the magnificent Emperor of Sand, and with an almost flawless back catalogue it was with some intrigue that I listened to this, their eighth studio album…  Hang on a minute…  Are you telling… Continue Reading →

Little Albert – Swamp King (Aural Music)

I was a lucky young man growing up. My local The Torrington in North Finchley , London put two gigs on a week that featured the great and the good of the rock and blues world past and present (late… Continue Reading →

Pyrior – Fusion (Tonzonen Records)

“Hmm, intriguing!” That is genuinely what I said out loud whilst alone in the house on opening the package from the esteemed editor of Ave Noctum that contained the CD and accompanying PR release for ‘Fusion’. Firstly, it was an… Continue Reading →

Gorilla – Gorilla / Maximum Riff Overdrive (S/R)

Dear readers, the supposedly “landmark” age of 50 is now well and truly behind me; does that make a difference to how I live my life? Nope, not one jot. However, there are significant times in popular music that are… Continue Reading →

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