I once got called a Poundshop Fenriz by someone soon after I stumbled into music journalism. When I am not writing about music I am either reading about it, listening to it or being a bandwhore and playing it in one of my three current bands
German doom rockers Naevus came back this summer with a new album via Bandcamp (and Meta Matter Records), their first since their debut album ‘Sun Meditation’ was released on Lee Dorrian’s Rise Above Records 17 years ago. We got in touch with frontman Uwe Groebel to find out about … Read More
Entrapment have thrown out a bit of a death metal curveball with this their latest (and third album), but it’s a breath of fresh air in a scene once again flooded with general mediocrity, be it from countless cavernous monotone sounding third rate Incantation clones or seemingly endless HM2 … Read More
Something wicked this way comes from the Italian cemeteries, Gargoyle are a young doom quartet who hail from the land of mystery and it’s very clear that they worship at the musical altar of Italian occult/doom pioneers Death SS and Paul Chain as well as more recent practitioners of … Read More
German heavy metal battalion Sacred Steel have been relentlessly and defiantly going strong since the mid-’90s. Formed by members of cult doom bands Dawn Of Winter and Naevus, they have survived and ignored many different musical trends that have come and gone since their inception and have instead … Read More
The sophomore album by 40 Watt Sun may be less heavier musically than it’s predecessor, being a much cleaner, refined and more undistorted affair guitar-wise, driven along by subtle percussion and flourishes of bass that slowly sweep the whole album along at a down tempo pace, but there’s a certain … Read More
Danish doom-dealers Altar Of Oblivion return with a new EP that offers up more of the same as the full-length album that preceded it. This is doom of the traditional and epic variety, a style that stays true to the musical and stylistic roots of the genre with plenty of tempo changes … Read More
This Canadian quartet clearly have their musical roots firmly in the ’70s/early ’80s metal and proto doom evoking the musical spirit of bands such as Pagan Altar and Witchfinder General. There’s a dark atmosphere and aura of occult mysticism throughout this sophomore effort, ‘Chapelle Ardente’ (which translates into “Burning Chapel” … Read More
BLITZKRIEG LIVE AT THE PENNY GILL, SPENNYMOOR JUNE 18 2016
It’s not very often you see a legendary NWOBHM band play in the back room of a small pub, in a small town, in North East England. Especially one that had such a notable and huge influence on the likes of … Read More
Michael Denner and Hank Shermann – two ex-members of the classic Mercyful Fate line-up and without a doubt one of the finest duel guitar duos in metal history – have teamed up again and delivered a very powerful sounding album in ‘Masters Of Evil’.
This recording sees these iconic … Read More
Like a bat out of hell this American trio come racing out of the speakers at you like the possessed and more hyper-active cousin of Venom, and like their forebears flying in the face of mainstream trends and posers.
The tempos are rabid, the vocals are raucous, the drums … Read More
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