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Oceans Of Slumber – Starlight And Ash – Album Review

Artist: Oceans Of Slumber Album Title: Starlight And Ash Label: Century Media Records Date of Release: 22 July 2022 “’Starlight and Ash’ isn’t Metal, but its edges are.” This is the proud proclamation within the press release which accompanies the fifth album from US band Oceans Of Slumber, a band that I can honestly say that  Continue Reading »

Album Of The Year 2021 – Number 11

Welcome to Day 20 of my Album Of The Year 2021 Top 30 Countdown series. That means that this annual labour of love is now two-thirds complete already. I can’t quite believe it, but that’s the situation. I’m still really enjoying putting this together and I hope so of you are enjoying the daily updates  Continue Reading »

Album Of The Year 2021 – Number 16

Welcome to Day 15 of my Album Of The Year 2021 Top 30 Countdown series. That means that I am now halfway through this year’s list. Thank you to you all for following, reading, commenting, and liking my posts in this series; were it not for the interaction that I receive, I may be tempted  Continue Reading »

Wooden Veins – In Finitude – Album Review

Artist: Wooden Veins Album Title: In Finitude Label: The Vinyl Division Date of Release: 4 June 2021 When I hear the description ‘avant-garde metal’, I immediately think of music that’s off the wall, bonkers, eclectic, and downright mad. After all, we can all think of a few artists that might fit the bill in this  Continue Reading »

White Moth Black Butterfly – The Cost Of Dreaming – Album Review

Artist: White Moth Black Butterfly Album Title: The Cost Of Dreaming Label: Kscope Date of Release: 28 May 2021 If you were following my work on this website back in 2017, you may have come across my review of ‘Atone’ by White Moth Black Butterfly (WMBB). You will therefore know that my heart was stolen  Continue Reading »

Cult Of Lilith – Mara – Album Review

Artist: Cult Of Lilith   Album Title: Mara Label: Metal Blade Records Date of Release: 4 September 2020 I’m mega late to the party with this record and for that, I apologise. Partly, it was due to my unexpected September hiatus. But partly, it is down to the fact that until about a week or  Continue Reading »

Navian – Reset – EP Review

Artist: Navian Album Title: Reset (EP) Label: Indie Recordings Date of Release: 14 August 2020 As you’ll know by now, instrumental music isn’t normally my ‘thing’. I have waxed lyrical about a few releases over the years, most recently, the new effort from Long Distance Calling. But they are a special band. So too are  Continue Reading »

Marko Hietala – Pyre Of The Black Heart – Album Review

Artist: Marko Hietala Album Title: Pyre Of The Black Heart Label: Nuclear Blast Date of Release: 24 January 2020 Like most fans of heavy music, I have followed the career of Finland’s Nightwish with interest. Whilst I will readily admit that I remain a fan of the Tarja Turunen era, ‘Once’ in particular, I have  Continue Reading »

Leprous – Pitfalls – Album Review

Artist: Leprous Album Title: Pitfalls Label: InsideOut Music Date of Release: 25 October 2019 Where on Earth does one start with a review of an album like this? The album in question is ‘Pitfalls’ by Norway’s Leprous, arguably one of the most original bands to emerge from the metal scene in the last decade or  Continue Reading »

Our Destiny – Awakening – Album Review

Artist: Our Destiny Album Title: Awakening Label: Our Destiny Records Date of Release: 21 June 2019 The most difficult thing about getting back into writing and publishing reviews is actually choosing which albums to tackle first. I have fallen way behind and it’s a bit daunting to get back into the swing of things. So,  Continue Reading »


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