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Barrabus – S/T – 2017

5th July 2017 at 3:02 pm

Barrabus - S/T

Gather round, children, and I’ll tell you a tale. The year was 2007, the weather was British and there were fell voices in the air. SikTh, those technical metal titans, were saying goodbye after just two excellent albums, and I realised that I had…
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Zhrine ‘Unortheta’ 2017

19th June 2017 at 7:13 pm


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


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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Cough ‘Still They Prey’ 2016

10th May 2017 at 7:00 pm


The first thing that strikes you about the latest offering from Virginian stoner doom outfit Cough‘s latest album, Still They Prey, is the production. Comparisons with producer Jus Oborn’s seminal doom-mongers Electric Wizard and their psychedelic rumbling sound are obvious – Oborn’s distinctive guitar…
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-(16)- ‘Lifespan Of A Moth’ 2016

9th May 2017 at 6:49 pm


Before beginning this review, let me admit something to my shame: I had never heard of -(16)- before listening to Lifespan of a Moth. I am very glad that my days of dreadful ignorance are over. Lifespan Of A Moth is a heavyweight addition…
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Goatess ‘Purgatory Under New Management’ CD/LP/DD 2016

22nd April 2016 at 6:45 pm


In spite of its self-evidently gloomy name, ‘doom’ is a vibrant genre. Contrary to the expectations of some, the scene is not exemplified by bearded man with long, scraggly hair wearing sandwich boards and proclaiming that ‘the end is nigh!’ (although the beards and…
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Black Shape Of Nexus ‘Carrier’ CD/LP/DD 2016

21st April 2016 at 6:33 pm

Black Shape Of Nexus

If you’re the sort of sensitive, cheery chappy who enjoys nothing more than a light and delightful ditty to keep you going, keep on walking. You won’t find any of that in Carrier, the latest payload dropped by German doom-mongers Black Shape Of Nexus….
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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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Mower ‘Meathead’ DD 2016

7th February 2016 at 1:37 pm


I learned three things from Mower‘s press release: they are from Wigan, their EP was released on January 30th, and that they are fat men making fat music. Far be it from me to confirm or deny their claims about their physiques, I can…
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Wrekmeister Harmonies: Will Beatie Interviews JR Robinson

9th January 2016 at 1:40 pm

JR Robinson - Photo by Katie Hovland

Often bleak, always beautiful, and perversely elevating, Night Of Your Ascension is the latest release by Wrekmeister Harmonies. If you’re looking for upbeat fun, you’ve come to the wrong place. Marrying serialism, drone, doom and ambience, Night Of Your Ascension is an exploration of…
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