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Ashenspire – Hostile Architecture – Album Review

Artist: Ashenspire Album Title: Hostile Architecture Label: Aural Music Date of Release: 15 July 2022 This is one of those albums that I have wrestled with over the past few weeks. On the one hand, I cannot stand elements of it, whilst on the other, I love other aspects, to the point where I am  Continue Reading »

Thy Catafalque – Vadak – Album Review

Artist: Thy Catafalque Album Title: Vadak Label: Season Of Mist Date of Release: 25 June 2021 My reasons for letting Thy Catafalque slip under my radar for so long are incredibly hard to justify, based on the output of ‘Vadak’, the tenth album from the band. I suspect it had something to do with my  Continue Reading »

Dordeduh – Har – Album Review

Artist: Dordeduh Album Title: Har Label: Prophecy Productions Date of Release: 14 May 2021 Sometimes, internal conflicts within bands can be a positive thing. We normally view these events as negative, but it isn’t always the case. This is one such.  Dordeduh, taken from three Romanian words meaning ‘longing for spirit’ was formed in 2009  Continue Reading »

Sigh – Heir To Despair – Album Review

Artist: Sigh Album Title: Heir To Despair Label: Spinefarm/Candlelight Date of Release: 16 November 2018 Sigh are just one of those bands, where you can honestly say that you never quite know what each new release will bring. They are a band that truly deserves the term ‘progressive’, even ‘avant-garde’ because they can flit effortlessly  Continue Reading »

Vulture Industries – Stranger Times – Album Review

Artist: Vulture Industries Album Title: Stranger Times Label: Season of Mist Date Of Release: 22 September 2017 ‘Stranger Times’, the fourth album from Norwegian avant-garde metal band Vulture Industries was one album I had little intention in reviewing. When I was given the task of feeding back my thoughts on their sophomore album, ‘The Malefactor’s  Continue Reading »

Subterranean Masquerade – Vagabond – Album Review

Artist: Subterranean Masquerade Album Title: Vagabond Label: ViciSolum Productions Date Of Release: 1 September 2017 When I reviewed the previous Subterranean Masquerade album, ‘The Great Bazaar’, I came to the following conclusion in the final line: “‘The Great Bazaar’ is a very strong album. It’s varied, it’s intriguing, it’s powerful and above all, it’s wonderfully  Continue Reading »

Album of the Year 2016 – Number 27

It’s officially December, the day when I lose my annual battle about putting up the Christmas decorations in my house. I always want to wait longer but when I’m outnumbered 3 to 1 by excited girls, I know when to fight and when to accede for a quiet life. And if I give in, I  Continue Reading »

Glorior Belli – Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes) – Album Review

Artist: Glorior Belli Album Title: Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes) Label: Agonia Records Date Of Release: 13 May 2016 It would appear, certainly to me anyway, that black metal features more one-man bands than any other genre of metal. And here we have another in the form of Glorior Belli, the brainchild of French multi-instrumentalist  Continue Reading »

Most Anticipated Album Releases of 2015 – Part 4

I know, I know, it’s getting a little silly now isn’t it? I’m beginning to lose count but here are another ten or so bands that either are or may be likely to release new material during 2015. It was all sparked by the first band in my list who I only just realised were  Continue Reading »

Most Anticipated Album Releases of 2015 – Part 3

I had only intended to write a couple of quick posts about the best upcoming albums due out during 2015. The only problem is, there are too many potentially strong releases to fit into just two posts, so here’s a third. 2015 really does look like a monster. Read Part 1 & Part 2 here.  Continue Reading »


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