Narbeleth – Svmma Cvm Nox Arcana – Review

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It’s funny, I just listened to an age-old 1996 record of Astarte, the Greek (almost) all-girl Black Metal band,1) all over again. So, I was really fired up for some good, church-burning Scandinavian Black Metal. All lookouts manned, and gun crews ready to fire.

And sure enough, the folks from Narbeleth appeared on our search radar with a new album. We already had a short run-in with them on the excellent Indomitvs some time ago. Back then, the band’s Black Metal prowess truly made us listen up. Theirs is the real thing. A band with Cuban origins and … [...] Click to raid more!

Palus Somni – Monarch of Dark Matter – Review

Last updated on 7 June 2021

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Dark matter. A theme that truly is a bone of contention for some or a proven theory to others. Well, at least more or less. An elusive substance that some scientists state must exist, whereas others claim that it doesn’t. A theory that finds its origins in the late 1800’s, so it has been around for a while. But here we go, whilst the scientific community is split, it could be something that fills large parts of the universe.

Mysterious, raw, protoplasmic, untamed. A bit like Cthulhu with a mathematical equation for better … [...] Click to raid more!

The Vicious Head Society – Extinction Level Event – Review

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Ouch. From Abject Tomorrow to an Extinction Level Event. That’s what I call an upgrade, just think of the dinosaurs and their fate. From a dreary outlook of the future to total destruction. There you go.

This sounds a bit like being bumped up from the dregs of the infamous Cattle Train to the highest spheres of the ultimate First Class. There’s nothing higher than that, apart from Nirvana perhaps. A very dystopian nirvana, though. I think I’ll have a depressive panic attack right here. Where is that damned Xanax?

Yet all that abject medication apart, I quite … [...] Click to raid more!

Nightshadow – Strike Them Dead – Review

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Yeeha! Here we go again.

It feels like we just covered the newest piece of Bewitcher with their idea of Speed Metal1) a few minutes ago. And now we are at it again. Only this time, all this metal goodness more feels like some rough-hewn crazy mix of overheated Power Metal and the speedier realms of Heavy Metal.

A piece that makes you want to strap on some body armor. Or – at least – makes you leap for that war axe that rusted away in the corner. Because goblins and monsters surely await somewhere.

Yep, we’re indeed … [...] Click to raid more!