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Amber Asylum @ GardenofLoveAutonomySuiteStillPoint Review

Amber Asylum GardenofLoveAutonomySuiteStillPoint Bio-Fidelic 2005 Overview: Self-released by Force and her colleagues, GardenofLoveAutonomySuiteStillPoint is a quite soothing, yet interesting, amalgamation of styles that one would associate more easily with any Prikosnovénie artist than, perhaps, with her known joint efforts with Neurosis or Swans. Composed by 3 songs that sum up almost half-hour of music, this … Continue reading

My Dying Bride @ A Line of Deathless Kings Review

My Dying Bride A Line of Deathless Kings Peaceville Records 2006 Overview: An atypical title for a somewhat odd release from the masters of heavyhearted melancholy. However, this effort still showcases much of what Stainthorpe and his fellow band mates are proudly known for, yet, in a different sort of way. Predictably, the album is … Continue reading

Dawn of Tears @ Act III: The Dying Eve Review

Dawn of Tears Act III: The Dying Eve Inverse Records 2013 Overview: Coming from my neighbouring country Spain, land of such acts as former Black Metallers Asgaroth and Nahemah, Dawn of Tears delivers us its sophomore exercise in what seems to be a rather vivid and exotic blend of melodic Death Metal with occasional Gothic overtones, … Continue reading

Horned Almighty @ Necro Spirituals Review

Horned Almighty Necro Spirituals Candlelight Records 2010 Overview: Combining the energy of Black Metal and Punk with the weight of contemporary Death Metal is what best defines the vibrant concoction that is Necro Spirituals, Denmark’s Horned Almighty first album under Candlelight’s umbrella. Some would probably define it as Black ‘n’ Roll, but the band is as different … Continue reading

October Tide @ A Thin Shell Review

October Tide A Thin Shell Candlelight Records 2010 Overview: After a slumber of eleven years, the side-project of Katatonia’s Jonas Renske and Fredrik Norrman came to life with new-found gloom and misery. Now without his former colleague to back up the moroseness and despondency for which the band is known for, Norrman and his new … Continue reading

The Wretched End @ Ominous Review

The Wretched End Ominous Candlelight Records 2010 Overview: Featuring Samoth (ex-Emperor and Zyklon), Cosmo (Mindgrinder) and Nils Fjellström (Dark Funeral), The Wretched End aims to combine elements from the more extreme corners of Metal in order to make a strong enough recipe to stand above the competition. However, things not always stand out as intoxicating … Continue reading

Wyrd @ Vargtimmen Pt. 1 Review

Wyrd Vargtimmen Pt. 1 Solistitium Records 2003 For those of you unaware of Wyrd’s background, the project was formed seven years ago under the name of Hellkult by core elements Nargath and Kalma (who in the past played in Azaghal, an ardent Black Metal group). Three demos were recorded and, a short while following Kalma’s … Continue reading

VS777 @ Promo ’04 Review

VS777 Promo ’04 2004 I first remember seeing them live last year, together with vocalist PRX’s own group (Invoke) and noticing they were somewhat distinctive in three major aspects: image, sonority and musicianship; after all, this was their opening concert (despite the fact that most in the unit belong to other projects). Born in 2000 … Continue reading

Void @ Posthuman Review

Void Posthuman Nocturnal Art Productions 2003 There comes a time when an album begins to taint your aural cells like a microbe and you come across yourself unable to unearth a system on how to discern it properly without loosing a speck of your brainpower at once. Posthuman is such a record and is, undeniably, … Continue reading

VeiL @ Blinkers Define the Spasm Review

VeiL Blinkers Define the Spasm 2009 Overview: Greece has been known to be a rather exotic country when it comes to the more extreme varieties of Metal (i.e. Kawir, Necromantia, Nightfall, Rotting Christ or Septic Flesh), but newcomers Veil are prepared to change things a little. After the release of their only demo, Forest Oblivion, … Continue reading