Latest Reviews

There are way too many records released every week - which one should you listen to? Why is the new Bruit the best record of the year? Which post-metal record is the dark-horse of the year? Questions that we want to answer - we review lots of records every week and you can also check out a little teaser before reading the whole thing. And if you want to, you can also browse through our archive and have a look at the amazing records you might have missed out on.

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  • Outlander - Sundowning/Unconditional

    08 Jul 2021 - Pat O'

    Birmingham’s Outlander are back and have made a bold statement with this latest EP. It’s rich in hypnotic shoegaze melodies but it has a darker side which gives these doomgazers something slightly unique but ultimately very special

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  • Sundrowned - Become Ethereal

    07 Jul 2021 - Thorsten

    How lofty and floating can post-metal or blackgaze be? If you ask Norway’s Sundrowned and their album Become Ethereal, very very much. Even when they are angry, the band never lets go of clouds to carry them through the massive songs!

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  • Lichfield - Dead Trees

    06 Jul 2021 - Pat O'
    Dark Metal/Doom Metal/Gothic Metal

    Lichfield are dark, gothic and very heavy. They bring their own brand of melancholy that’s cleverly interwoven with flashes of classic doom influences.

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  • Bong-Ra - Antediluvian

    05 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Avantgarde Doom Break-Core Free-Jazz

    ”Madness?!? No – this is Bong-Ra!!!” With a background in Doom-Metal (he was a founding member of Dutch Doom-institution Celestial Season) and harsh Breakcore (alongside acts like Venetian Snares or DJ Scud) Jason Köhnen tries to combine both with a love for Free Jazz. Now, his only full-length album sees a repress by Tartarus Records and that is reason enough for us to review this awesome record.

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  • Kold - dto.

    04 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Atmospheric Black Metal

    This is a record to listen to in November or December or generally when it gets cold because this sort of classic-inspired Black metal is just not made for sunshine and bright colors. However, when listened to at night or during the cold, dark winter days of Northern Europe – then this debut makes sense.

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  • Iceburn - Asclepius

    03 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Post-Metal Sludge Doom

    Okay this could be a history lesson, because Iceburn are nothing less than one of the first bands to ever play something like Sludge or Post-Metal while at the same time being a Hardcore collective and incorporating completely different genres like Avantgarde into their music as well. But….

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  • Mannveira - Vitahríngur

    02 Jul 2021 - Knut
    Black Metal

    In Iceland, the land of fire and ice, the Black Metal band Mannveira has been prowling in the shadows for a decade since its inception. They released an EP in 2014 and a split with Ellorsith in 2016. With Vitahringur, their first full length, they throw their shape onto the black volcanic landscape of Iceland. They bring their nihilistic, often atonal music roaring to the scene. They do not bring light, they bring more darkness, they throw the anguish of their black metal music at us.

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  • Thy Catafalque - Vadak

    01 Jul 2021 - Gene
    Metal, Avante-Garde

    Not often does a piece of art come about carried out so expertly that it seems to hit every hidden facet of the global psyche; but this is what has transpired.

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  • Longwinter - Burning Season

    30 Jun 2021 - Pat O'

    Longwinter have poured their hearts into this release. It’s brimming with soulfulness and melancholia,and perfectly showcases all the beauty that can be found in dark, emotive music.

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  • ISON - Aurora

    29 Jun 2021 - Thorsten
    Cosmic Drone

    “Aurora“ means light or lucidity or brightness. And one might have hardly ever heard of an album whose opener fits so perfectly to the album title as this one. It radiates brightness which flows towards the listener like the warm, embracing rays of sunlight. And that’s just the first track “Jupiter”!

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  • Drug Church - Tawny

    28 Jun 2021 - Sebastian
    Hardcore, Punk

    Drug Church are back! Before their next studio album next year, we get an EP as an appetizer and now I am really hungry for more.

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  • Impure Wilhelmina - Antidote

    27 Jun 2021 - Thorsten

    After more than 25 years, six full-lengths and several shorter releases, Impure Wilhelmina from Geneva, Switzerland still have something to say and are still relevant – not as front-runners of a new musical style (like back then) but as one of the bands that stick to their musical ideas without any pretentiousness.

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  • Bossk - Migration

    26 Jun 2021 - Simon
    post metal, progressive metal

    A rousing, triumphant return for Kent band Bossk which sees them delve into deeper, textured sonic territory and emerge all the better for it

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  • Dödsrit - Mortal Coil

    25 Jun 2021 - Knut
    Atmospheric Black Metal

    This album got me hooked on the first listen, and for me that is a warning. A lifetime of listening to music has thought me that such albums get boring after a couple of spins. But that did not happen with this captivating album. While listening to this album you will be immersed in the coldness of Black Metal, the warmth of Death Metal, the intensity of Crust-Punk with its d-beats, but above all you will get the soaring ambiance of Atmospheric Black Metal with angst-ridden lyrics.

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  • Auld Blue Eyes - The Early Years

    24 Jun 2021 - Pat O'

    “Post-hardcore” vocals dripping in attitude and laced with “indie” hooks and melodies give Auld Blue Eyes something very distinctive and fresh.

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  • Amenra - De Doorn

    24 Jun 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened Post-Metal

    Praise upon praise is heaped upon the new Amenra record – deservedly. But what is the distinct difference between this record and their earlier releases? Well, let’s find out!

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  • Year Of No Light - Consolamentum

    23 Jun 2021 - Thorsten

    A few years ago Public Enemy released a track called “Don’t Believe The Hype” which by now has become a kind of catch-phrase and motto not to fall for something that seemingly everybody is rooting for. Well, when listening to the new Year Of No Light record Consolamentum I have to counter with “YES, BELIEVE THE HYPE!”

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  • Kollapse - Sult

    22 Jun 2021 - Thorsten

    Kollapse prove once and for all that there is a link somewhere between Post-Hardcore and Post-Metal. Just listen to some of the mighty drumming on Sult.

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  • Sleazebag - Peine Kapital - Split EP

    21 Jun 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened Hardcore-Doom

    What do we get when a former grindcore act from Germany teams up with a blackened doom band from France for a split? Right! We do NOT get sunlight!

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  • Kankar - Dunkle Millenia

    21 Jun 2021 - Thorsten
    Black Metal

    What makes a good Black Metal album? Atmosphere? Speed? Rage? Or just simply a good mix and production? Kankar is very straightforward and punkish with their kind of Black Metal and yes, it is very effective.

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  • Boss Keloid - Family The Smiling Thrush

    19 Jun 2021 - Simon
    Progressive rock, Stoner metal, Doom metal

    Wigan five-piece Boss Keloid return with an incredible, sonically stunning example of what happens when you follow your heart and not churn out just what is expected of you.

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  • White Ward - Debemur Morti (EP)

    18 Jun 2021 - Thorsten
    Avantgarde Black Metal

    The Ukrainian metal-extremists release an 18-minute-EP in honor of the 200th release on their own label, Debemur Morti Productions. Musically, it is a really brilliant homage to DMP, but visually it might just be the worst cover of the year. But - it makes you think!

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  • Thūn - Thūn

    17 Jun 2021 - Knut
    Doom Metal/Death Metal

    A concept album about the imminent danger of a Lovecraftian man-made decline of civilization. Doom metal and death metal are sufficient music genres when one wants to create a dystopian soundscape as the background for the theme on an album like this release.

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  • Lustmord & Karin Park - Alter

    17 Jun 2021 - Thorsten

    How can we relate to music? To what extent do we build a connection with certain songs? What is the one thing that transforms the music around us into music in us?

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  • Sleaping Dreaming - M. Inclemens

    16 Jun 2021 - Pat O'
    Experimental Rock/Post Rock

    It’s a fusion of peerless and thought-provoking rock that spans numerous genres. it’s creative, it’s dark, but ultimately, it will have your undivided attention. Brooklyn’s Sleaping Dreaming have released M. Inclemens and it’s an album that needs to be heard.

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