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Torchia – Arcane Magicae – Album Review

Artist: Torchia Album Title: Arcane Magicae Label: Independent Release Date of Release: 9 February 2024 I knew I recognised the name when I saw it. I reviewed Torchia’s previous album, ‘The Coven’ back in 2020 but, aside from a faint recognition of the band’s name, I could remember precious little else. It turns out that  Continue Reading »

Eternal Storm – A Giant Bound To Fall – Album Review

Artist: Eternal Storm Album Title: A Giant Bound To Fall Label: Transcending Obscurity Records Date of Release: 16 February 2024 During one of my casual, late evening trawls through the promos available to me, I hovered the cursor over the artwork for ‘A Giant Bound To Fail’, the sophomore album from Spanish melodic death metal  Continue Reading »

Madder Mortem – Old Eyes New Heart – Album Review

Artist: Madder Mortem Album Title: Old Eyes, New Heart Label: Dark Essence Records Date of Release: 26 January 2024 I really do love it when I get to listen to a band that is worthy of the ‘original’ or ‘unique’ tag. I’ve said it before in reviews, most notably in my piece about 2018’s ‘Marrow’,  Continue Reading »

Katatonia – Sky Void Of Stars – Album Review

Artist: Katatonia Album Title: Sky Void Of Stars Label: Napalm Records Date of Release: 20 January 2023 Long-time readers and supporters of manofmuchmetal.net will be aware that this is my first review in several months. Truth be told, I went so hard and fast at the start of 2022, that I hit burn-out, and couldn’t  Continue Reading »

Deathwhite – Grey Everlasting – Album Review

Artist: Deathwhite Album Title: Grey Everlasting Label: Season Of Mist Date of Release: 10 June 2022 Released nearly two weeks ago, I am really tardy with this review, and for that I apologise to all those who are bitterly disappointed by my ineptitude. The thing is, I just missed it. And were it not for  Continue Reading »

Live gig review – Ghosts Of Atlantis, Dispute, Existentialist – 8 January 2022, The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket, UK

Headliner: Ghost Of Atlantis Support: Dispute, Existentialist The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket, Suffolk, UK 8 January 2022 I hadn’t been to a gig since February 2020, when I was taken to Malmö to watch Evergrey in their home country. A lot has happened since then, both personally and in terms of the Covid 19 pandemic.  Continue Reading »

The Best Songs of 2021

As in years before, I wanted to round off 2021 with a quick look at some of the best individual songs that I heard during 2021. As with my recent Top 30 series, this is a list of my personal favourite songs. They might not be the most technical, clever, or complicated songs of the  Continue Reading »

Swallow The Sun – Moonflowers – Album Review

Artist: Swallow The Sun Album Title: Moonflowers Label: Century Media Records Date of Release: 19 November 2021 My love affair with Swallow The Sun goes back many years. In fact, I can trace my history with the band right back to their debut album, ‘The Morning Never Came’ that they released in 2003. Over the  Continue Reading »

Drift Into Black – Patterns Of Light – Album Review

Artist: Drift Into Black Album Title: Patterns Of Light Label: Independent Release Date of Release: 28 May 2021 I have taken a long time to put this review together, because I have flip-flopped back and forth many times when trying to order my thoughts about this album. Drift Into Black is not a band that  Continue Reading »

Morrigu – In Turbulence – Album Review

Artist: Morrigu Album Title: In Turbulence Label: Ghost Sound Media Date of Release: 23 April 2021 If ever there was an apt album title, it’s this. ‘In Turbulence’ easily describes the history of a band that have suffered an inordinate amount over the years. The fact that Morrigu are still together and still producing music  Continue Reading »


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