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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…