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Spell ‘For None And All’ CD/LP/DD 2016

21st April 2016 at 6:28 pm

Spell

Spell is certainly an apt moniker for this relatively new power trio from Vancouver, BC. The first time I encountered the For None And All artwork whilst doing a spot of band browsing, I was honestly blown away by the mystique, the smoke, the…
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Valley Of The Sun ‘Volume Rock’ CD/LP/DD 2016

20th April 2016 at 6:13 pm

Valley Of The Sun

Cincinnati, Ohio’s own Valley of the Sun have a new record coming out on the Swedish Fuzzorama Records and it’s called Volume Rock. I’m a thirty-six year old man and few words get me as excited as “volume” and “rock.”  If I had a…
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Suns Of Thunder ‘Start As You Mean To Get Down’ CD/DD 2015

9th April 2016 at 8:40 am

Suns Of Thunder

Let’s start this review with a little geography lesson. Wales is the largest county in England. It is owned by Prince Charles, but he chooses not to live there (he also owns Cornwall but doesn’t live there either). It does have its own government…
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Old Man Gloom ‘Mickey Rookey Live At London’ CD/LP 2016

6th April 2016 at 5:54 pm

Old Man Gloom

Live albums are a curious beast. Stick too closely to the hits and you risk giving the audience a not-quite-as-good re-hashing of the album cuts. Wander off into more experimental lands and you can alienate fans who expect a nice, warm plate of re-hash….
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Voivod ‘Post Society’ CD/DD 2016

5th April 2016 at 6:24 pm

Voivod

This may come as almost as big a shock as anything received at the Morgoth Science Hospital when you consider exactly how often I mention Voivod in, if I’m honest, an almost worrying amount of my reviews, but I have to admit to you…
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Sumac ‘What One Becomes’ CD/LP/DD 2016

4th April 2016 at 6:30 pm

Sumac

Promotional snippets for Sumac’s latest full-length What One Becomes summarise the records’ tone and content more succinctly than should be possible. Describing the trio’s sophomore effort as ‘exercises in chaos and control’ tells you everything you need to know about the moments of spacious…
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Victims ‘Sirens’ CD/LP/DD 2016

31st March 2016 at 6:31 pm

Victims

Since their inception back in ’97, Victims have been bridging the gap between hardcore punk/crust/d-beat and the rest of the metal world. Even for the most pedestrian of crust fans, Victims are undeniably one of the most accessible bands of this genre. While most…
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Seven Sisters Of Sleep ‘Ezekial’s Hags’ CD/LP/DD 2016

30th March 2016 at 6:38 pm

Seven Sisters Of Sleep

Get ready for an old school schooling in how new school extreme metal should be done the old school way. While you’re pondering that one, let’s also ponder why early 90s death metal (even doom metal a la Confessor) was so goddamn fantastic –…
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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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Spider Kitten ‘Ark Of Octofelis’ CD/LP/DD/CS 2016

28th March 2016 at 2:44 pm

Spider Kitten

Another month and seemingly another release from prolific Newport collective Spider Kitten. Having made critical waves following the release of their 2014 extended EP/mini album Behold Mountain, Hail Sea, Venerate Sky, Bow Before Tree, a three track epic exploration of Doom that provided the…
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