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NORTHERN OAK – Of Roots And Flesh

NORTHERN OAK – Of Roots And Flesh

As far as metal-based subgenres are concerned, folk metal is often overlooked.  While Skyclad are often viewed as that particular niche’s favourite sons (they have arguably been the most commercially successful), dozens of other bands have worked hard to make a place for themselves within the scene.  Sheffield’s Northern Oak built a cult following after releasing their […]

BLACK MOTH – Condemned To Hope

BLACK MOTH – Condemned To Hope

In 2011 Leeds-based doom metal merchants Black Moth unveiled their debut album ‘The Killing Jar’, an excellent riff-based affair that impressed on first listen and thrilled on each subsequent play.  The result was one of the year’s best metal releases.   With their US equivalent Ruby The Hatchet releasing a strong and similarly themed debut the […]

W.A.S.P. – The Headless Children

W.A.S.P. – The Headless Children

After the release of three studio albums and a live record, by 1988 US shock-rockers W.A.S.P. had gained a loyal fan-base.  However, thanks to their potentially objectionable songs and frontman Blackie Lawless’s larger-than-life attitude, the band had even more detractors. Since their stage show featured raw meat, torture racks and naked women and their albums […]

TRANSMANIACON – The Darkening Plain

TRANSMANIACON – The Darkening Plain

Delivering four songs in approximately 47 minutes, the 2014 release from London-based doom/dark psych rockers Transmaniacon is not for the faint of heart.  Housed in a sleeve depicting a desolate post-apocalyptic horizon dominated by robots (expertly conceived by artist Ian Miller), part epic hard rock, part concept album, ‘The Darkening Plain’ is a both a […]

HED(p.e.) – Evolution

HED(p.e.) – Evolution

The mid 90s was a time when rap-metal reigned.  No matter how genre-crossing acts sprang up (usually from the US), the alternative record buying public clamoured for more.  For the huge amount of (sometimes deserved) column inches afforded to Rage Against The Machine or Limp Bizkit, so many other bands worked just as hard on […]

OF ALLIES – Tempers EP

OF ALLIES – Tempers EP

Together for only a year at the time of its release, ‘Tempers’ by UK alt-rockers Of Allies shows a strong sense of focus and of self-belief.  The material doesn’t always show a great range of styles, but essentially this is a good thing – a sign of a band that know exactly what works for […]

FIRE RED EMPRESS – Paint Me The Devil EP

FIRE RED EMPRESS – Paint Me The Devil EP

This EP from hard rockers Fire Red Empress serves as a not just a taster of what’s over the horizon for the UK band, but also a timely reminder that if self-released material can sound this good, the days of the major labels calling the shots are seriously numbered.  Decamping to Denmark and hiring Jacob […]

OGRE – Bastards Of Death

OGRE – Bastards Of Death

One of Ireland’s original death metal bands, Ogre released three albums in the early nineties before disappearing.  After a twenty year holiday, the trio return with the joyously titled ‘Bastards of Death’. On the surface, Ogre sound like any number of extreme metal bands that you care to mention since most of their material throttles […]

EMPIRES OF LIGHT – Apricity EP

EMPIRES OF LIGHT – Apricity EP

Born at the very beginning of 2014, Empires of Light is a post rock/extreme metal band sprung from the ashes of History of the Hawk, sharing members with doom metal band Opium Lord.  On their first release ‘Apricity’, dark tendencies are abound as the quartet of musicians seek to explore as much musical ground as […]

MÖNGÖL HÖRDE – Möngöl Hörde

MÖNGÖL HÖRDE – Möngöl Hörde

During the relentless touring for his huge selling album ‘England Keep My Bones’ – gigs that saw support slots with Billy Bragg and successful festival appearances alongside sold-out headline shows – singer-songwriter Frank Turner made an unexpected move. He teamed up with his old mate Ben Dawson and formed Möngöl Hörde, a hardcore band channelling […]

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