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A Tree Of Signs ‘Saturn’ Digital EP 2013

8th June 2014 at 10:55 am

A Tree Of Signs

A Tree Of Signs were on the brink of extinction when vocalist and keyboardist V-Kaos decided to leave the project to pursue other interests, but after some searching they found a replacement in Diana Silveira and what a replacement. Her voice brings the listener…
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Jex Thoth ‘Blood Moon Rise’ CD/LP 2013

5th June 2014 at 9:14 am

Jex Thoth

Madison, Wisconsin’s Jex Thoth pride themselves on mystique, preferring relative anonymity to (well deserved) fame; 7 short years has seen them amass a cult following of ‘initiates’ with a culture and aesthetic having more in common with religious communal worship than the traditional (bland)…
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Loath ‘Total Peace’ CD/DD 2013

29th March 2014 at 10:15 am

Loath

‘Total Peace’ is the debut long player from Finland’s Loath. They hail from the crustier end of the grindcore spectrum. Nasty, nasty stuff not to everyone’s liking, but a perfect soundtrack for Special Brew fuelled misanthropic barking at passers-by in concrete shopping centres. That’s…
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Sapien ‘Toad Handler’ CD/DD 2013

18th March 2014 at 9:58 am

Sapien

Sapien are a four piece sludge bands from Edinburgh, and are in possession of some class-A riffs. Seriously, listen to the start of ‘Regurgitator’ and tell me that it’s not a cracker. Thing is, with sludge bands it’s always about the riff. Yeah, the…
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Bitchcraft – S/T – Digital EP 2013

9th March 2014 at 10:58 am

Bitchcraft - S/T

Ah… a press release talking about 70’s horror, weed, the occult, beards, and freaks that put music to these themes. An absolutely great, although corny, band name we could easily add to a growing list of “shirts you’ll never wear”, still ranking miles above…
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Lightsabres ‘Demons’ LP/CS/DD 2013

7th March 2014 at 12:58 pm

Lightsabers

A long time ago, in a country far, far away…. It is a period of general unrest. Lightsabres, striking from a hidden base in Luleå, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire of uninteresting music. During the intro, Lightsabres manages to…
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Domadora ‘Tibetan Monk’ CD/DD 2013

6th March 2014 at 9:49 am

Domadora

The ever-elusive alpha brainwave. This state of consciousness (or semi-unconsciousness) has been the focal point of traditional meditative practices and is considered by some to be the doorway to true creative inspiration, outer body experiences, astral projection, and third eye insights. This emphasis on…
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The Hong Kong Sleepover ‘Bolshevik Firecrackers’ CD/DD 2013

4th March 2014 at 9:40 am

The Hong Kong Sleepover

Sitting in my car, grinning like a fucking idiot ‘Taste The Chain‘ rolls into the speakers and starts to blast out, encompassing me in a happy sound of heavy riffs and rough vocals. My immediate feeling is Motörhead, if The Hong Kong Sleepover don’t take…
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Biche – S/T – CD/DD 2013

2nd March 2014 at 9:59 am

Biche - S/T

Biche are a French duo that play filthy, bleak sludge doom. This sentence alone excites me because I find that France is the place where you can find some REALLY excellent and unique metal bands (Deathspell Omega and Gojira being the most high profile…
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Space God Ritual ‘Eldritch Tales’ DD 2013

25th February 2014 at 9:27 am

Space God Ritual

Oregon doom duo Space God Ritual clearly has a huge boner for HP Lovecraft. There is, of course, absolutely nothing wrong with that. Lovecraft is a towering influence over a lot of metal; his twisted, terrifying tales are so metal it hurts. Having songs…
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