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Zhrine ‘Unortheta’ 2017

19th June 2017 at 7:13 pm

Zhrine

On the face of it, the name Unortheta doesn’t give much away. Neither does Zhrine, the name of the Icelandic band behind it. The cover art is the only thing that hints at the madness within. Cliffs suspended on a cuboid island that hovers…
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Emptiness ‘Not For Music’ 2017

13th June 2017 at 7:12 pm

Emptiness

For some strange reason, everyone keeps calling Emptiness a black/death metal band. I might be quite late to the party (Not For Music is the band’s fifth full-length, not including three demos), but I don’t get the use of the label. Although it is…
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Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik ‘Skuggsjá’ CD/LP/DD 2016

29th March 2016 at 6:12 pm

Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik

Forget the church burnings, the murders, that kvlt feeling when you hold your original pressing of Bathory’s ‘The Yellow Goat’ debut (a man can dream). For me, black metal’s most alluring quality is its world building. Whether they are grim and frostbitten kingdoms, mountains…
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Gnaw Their Tongues ‘Abyss Of Longing Throats’ CD/DD 2015

5th January 2016 at 6:54 pm

Gnaw Their Tongues

Having seen Gnaw Their Tongues live this past October, I can honestly say that we’re talking about one of the most intense acts in heavy music today. It’s not just noisy, it is harrowing and disturbing, almost like the soundtrack to the darkest nightmares…
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Dragged Into Sunlight + Gnaw Their Tongues ‘N.V.’ CD/LP/DD 2015

16th December 2015 at 7:08 pm

Dragged Into Sunlight + Gnaw Their Tongues

The collaboration between Dragged Into Sunlight and Gnaw Their Tongues can only have taken place with the full approval of some hellish forces to create one of the most harrowing, blistering and brutal records of 2015. Five songs is all that N.V. has to…
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The Fifth Alliance ‘Death Poems’ CD/LP/CS/DD 2015

22nd November 2015 at 12:37 pm

The Fifth Alliance

It has taken The Fifth Alliance about 2 1/2 years to deliver a follow up to their highly acclaimed record Unrevealed Secrets Of Ruin, but here it is. A new effort from the Dutch ensemble to further lose themselves in doomed sludge in just…
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The Body & Krieg – S/T – CD/LP/DD 2015

16th November 2015 at 7:43 pm

The Body & Krieg – S/T

Noise-doom aficionados, The Body, are well renowned for their creative collaborations with some of metal’s finest, producing some absolutely terrifying results. Set to trump all of their previous efforts is their work alongside Krieg’s Neill Jameson. This album was produced two years ago but…
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Terzij De Horde ‘Self’ CD/LP/DD 2015

10th November 2015 at 3:17 pm

Terzij De Horde

And here it is, the debut album by black metal trailblazers Terzij De Horde from Utrecht, the Netherlands. The progressive black metal band has created quite a name for itself in the genre with releases filled with stunning beauty and at the same time…
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Abysmal Darkening ‘Sub Terra’ CD 2015

3rd August 2015 at 8:09 pm

Abysmal Darkening

Abysmal Darkening is a doom metal project from Tilburg with a particular blackened flavour. Earlier this year they released their second album after four years of waiting, titled Sub Terra. A dark and bewildering trip into darkness and depression and that was released by…
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Lychgate ‘An Antidote For The Glass Pill’ CD/LP 2015

16th July 2015 at 7:01 pm

Lychgate

The band Lychgate from London, grew out of Archaicus, which was active untill 2012. In 2015 the follow-up to 2012’s self-titled debut comes out in a fog of mystery, titled An Antidote For The Glass Pill. The Brits have made an album that can…
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