Iron Fist Magazine

Pete’s Posts:

BÖLZER – HERO

Having been teasing the kvlt underground with a couple of highly regarded EPs and much lauded live shows, Swiss duo Bölzer finally get round to dropping their debut album and surprise everyone in the process. Rather than anticipated layers of dirty crust, it’s the cleanliness of delivery that has caught … Read More

DOOL – HERE NOW, THERE THEN

Elle Bandita aka Ryanne van Dorst is a well-known Dutch singer, guitarist and actress who has dabbled in various genres from punk to garage rock. Latest incarnation Dool sees her hooking up with the ex-bassist and drummer of the much missed Devil’s Blood and taking off to somewhat darker realms … Read More

CRURIFRAGIUM – BEASTS OF THE TEMPLE OF SATAN

If you can imagine music to go with the torturous Latin phrase meaning to break the legs of the crucified then Crurifragium are bound to make your eyes water. With ghastly alumni containing members of Demoncy at the helm this is a primitive death ritual taking back to the bestial … Read More

CODE – LOST SIGNAL

This stopgap EP can be looked on as a worthy addition for fans who want to get an insight into a Decoded <Code>. The band have dipped back into their previous albums and re- recorded past material giving songs a powerful and metallic edge in the process. There’s three tracks … Read More

SLEEP OF MONSTERS – II: POISON GARDEN

There were no shortage of tears shed when Finnish death rockers Babylon Whores called it a day after three excellent albums back in 2004. ‘Cold Heaven’ introduced us to the shiver inducing croons of singer Ike Vil, a vocalist who gave Ville Valo a serious run for his money in … Read More

BLOODY HAMMERS – LOVELY SORT OF DEATH

Working very quickly and releasing four albums in four years, no one can accuse North Carolina’s Bloody Hammers of lacking creativity. Last album ‘Under Satan’s Sun’ displayed occult-doom pastiches littered with Hammer horror tropes and Munsters-etched gallows humour, which is naturally something that we expected them to expand upon. However … Read More

ZHRINE – UNORTHETA

 

Changing name from Gone Postal and now ‘Spewing Gloom’ under the moniker of Zhrine, this lot are part of the burgeoning black and death scene flowing like a lake of fire out of Iceland. Hewing out a barren and desolate, cold-grey landscape Zhrine carve mountains with this formidable debut.

‘Unortheta’ is … Read More

HAXEN – HAXEN

Formed in 2000 and releasing six demos since, it’s been a long time coming for this debut album by Haxen, a USBM mob from Rhode Island. Apparently they are hardly known outside their immediate locale where they have built things up from a duo to the band they are today, … Read More

AMORPHIS INTERVIEW: “We got fed up with the idea of just playing death metal”

Finnish death metal godfathers Amorphis have recently given us the opportunity of seeing them perform material recorded right back in 1994, looking back to their second album ‘Tales Of A Thousand Lakes’ on its 20th Anniversary. Lead guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen has been there all along and one … Read More

SECRETS OF THE MOON INTERVIEW: “JARBOE TOLD ME I SOUNDED LIKE BOWIE”

From the primitive scars carved out of early material Secrets Of The Moon have flourished and blossomed, never stagnating and always exploring new ground. One thing that was probably never expected though was the German troupe going conceptually in search of the sun. After all their last opus ‘Seven Bells’ … Read More