February 3, 2020

Well known for his former work with legendary black metal band Emperor, Norwegian native Vegard Sverre Tveitan, more commonly known as Ihsahn, has since formed his own solo project, the eponymous 'Ihsahn', claiming his artistic independence and thus proving to be a pow...

November 26, 2019

Formed in 2018 by Paradise Lost guitarist Gregor Mackintosh, Strigoi are a nascent entity hereby presenting their very first material, 'Abandon All Faith'. According to the band's online biography, Strigoi are “named after the troubled spirits in Romanian mythology who...

November 18, 2019

Few other bands in black metal are so famous (and infamous) as Mayhem. With a troubled and chaotic past going back to 1984, Oslo-based Mayhem has survived the suicide of one band member, the murder of another and the passing of thirty five years in time. Somehow still...

October 25, 2019

When Howard Phillips Lovecraft sat down at his desk in the summer of 1926 and penned his seminal work of cosmic horror 'The Call of Cthulhu', little could he have known of the massive influence it would later have on science fiction, horror literature, film and even he...

October 18, 2019

It could be said that death metal is a rather saturated area of extreme metal, with many a band purveying their gore-drenched tones and guttural vocals, but some bands within this subgenre manage to carve out a unique niche. One of these bands is Nile, with their ancie...

October 15, 2019

It's been a little while since Bölzer graced our ears with any new material, having not released anything (other than contributing a single track to a split in 2017) since 2016's well-received debut album 'Hero'. Despite having only released one LP so far, Bölzer are s...

October 3, 2019

Relative newcomers to the death metal scene, Arizona based five piece Gatecreeper stormed onto the stage in 2016 with their highly acclaimed debut album “Sonoran Deprivation”, immediately establishing themselves as one to watch with their modern take on good old fashio...

September 19, 2019

After successfully overcoming the dreaded 'third album syndrome' with 2017's excellent 'Rust', Sweden's doom metal trio Monolord are back and ready to down-tune and rock out with their latest effort, 'No Comfort'. Continuing the pattern established with their last two...

August 5, 2019

Every so often, a new black metal band springs out of the cold northern forests of the musical style's homeland to remind you that it is still very much alive and kicking. Sweden's Wormwood are one of those bands. Nattarvet is Wormwood's sophomore album, following on f...

April 9, 2019

For those unfamiliar with the band, Stockholm's Grand Magus are one of Sweden's finest purveyors of so-called 'traditional' heavy metal (that's metal without the the corpse paint and screaming, as so many of their Scandinavian cousins tend towards). Having started off...

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