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AVERSION – Aversion

AVERSION – Aversion

Four years after their formation, Canadian black metal troupe Aversion unleashed their debut release in the summer of 2015. Released two years after a demo, this record still has a very demo-like feel by black metal standards. With a sound that’s never going to win over a huge audience to begin with, the rough and […]

THE MURDER OF MY SWEET – Beth Out Of Hell

THE MURDER OF MY SWEET – Beth Out Of Hell

Formed in 2007 around the talents of drummer/producer Daniel Flores and vocalist Angelica Rylin, The Murder of My Sweet is a symphonic metal band based in Sweden.  Their third album, 2015’s ‘Beth Out of Hell’ is a ridiculously grand affair straddling a fairly typical symphonic metal sound with huge elements pulled from musical theatre.   Those […]

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  Given the soaring melodies and atmospheres they’ve proved more than capable – particularly on songs like the lovely ‘Withdrawn Was Giveaway’ –  it’s hard to work out why they felt they needed […]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 […]

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