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THE HOWLING VOID – Runa EP

THE HOWLING VOID – Runa EP

The earlier releases by Texas-based The Howling Void explore an almost pure doom metal sound – all Sabbathy riffs played at funeral pace, only occasionally lightened by slow piano motifs.  For doom fans, each presents interesting listening, but this fifth release ‘Runa’ is epic in almost every sense.  The purer doom elements have been tempered […]

GODSTICKS – Emergence

GODSTICKS – Emergence

Mixing rock and progressive edges on their first two records, Welsh trio Godsticks carved out a sound that they could easily build upon.  Given the soaring melodies and atmospheres they’ve proved more than capable – particularly on songs like the lovely ‘Withdrawn Was Giveaway’ –  it’s hard to work out why they felt they needed […]

ZEIT – Trümmer EP

ZEIT – Trümmer EP

Formed in 2010, German metal duo Zeit set about expanding the boundaries of black metal with a distinctly DIY approach.  Following the release of their first EP, they expanded to a trio with the addition of a bass player – something pretty much essential in adding weight to their ferocious noise.  Their third EP, 2015’s […]

LAWLESS – Rock Savage

LAWLESS – Rock Savage

Lawless is a band that brings together a few cult names from second division hard rock bands.  Vocalist/guitarist Paul Hume and drummer Nigel Ogden have previous ties with Demon, while guitarist Howie G previously played with Persian Risk.  ‘Rock Savage’, their debut album, pulls elements from various classic rock sources, adding up to create a […]

THE V – Now Or Never

THE V – Now Or Never

Veronica “The V” Freeman will be familar to some as the vocalist with power metallers Benedictum, a US/Euro outfit who often favour bombast over decent songs.  Her first solo release, 2015’s ‘Now Or Never’ (released via Frontiers Records, home of the previous two Benedictum discs) retains a fair amount of heaviness, but brings in a […]

HARROW – Fallow Fields

HARROW – Fallow Fields

This third album by Canadian outfit Harrow is a very interesting affair.  Although principally pitched as a hybrid of black and folk metal, the resultant sounds on their 2015 release stretch much further than just those musical touchstones. Taking in acoustic and even shoegazy moods, it could be said that Harrow’s take on folk metal […]

ALTER EDEN – Fearless EP

ALTER EDEN – Fearless EP

After his band Blue Origin called it a day after the best part of a decade, vocalist Nick Pilgrim set about forming a new outfit. Teaming up with guitarist Alex Coleman, Alter Eden began to create their own brand of alternative rock sounds, heavy on the guitars, but even heavier on the angular intensity.  Their […]

KEVEL – Hz Of The Unheard

KEVEL – Hz Of The Unheard

Kevel are a Greek quartet specialising in a style of metal that crosses several subgenres to create a huge slab of sound.  On this debut release, there are moments of progressive metal complexity fighting to be heard against huge blocks of instrumental post-metal and sludge.  While there isn’t a vocal acting as a central element […]

IMPELLITTERI – Venom

IMPELLITTERI – Venom

For fans of shred-metal, Chris Impellitteri is a man who needs no introduction.  With his eponymously named outfit, the Californian fretboard melter has been issuing discs filled with bombastic Euro-inflected metal for years, often with either ex-Joshua mouthpiece Rob Rock or ex-Rainbow man Graham Bonnet on vocals. Heavy and fast are Impellitteri’s two favourite styles – […]

VOICE OF THE SOUL – Catacombs

VOICE OF THE SOUL – Catacombs

Forming in the late noughties when the band were just teenagers – young enough to rival Def Leppard in the precociousness stakes – Voice of the Soul always had very grand musical ideas.  Following three self-released EPs between 2009 and 2011, the Middle Eastern extreme metallers found themselves in a great position to expand on […]

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