Latest Reviews

There are way too many records released every week - which one should you listen to? We want to help you by reviewing 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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  • Atsuko Chiba - Water, It Feels Like It’s Growing

    31 Jan 2023 - Gene
    Psychedelic, Progressive, Experimental

    There is a world in which The Mars Volta knocked up Radiohead and their kid is smoking the Sinful Cilantro in the attic, listening to Punk Rock protest songs. This is that world.

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  • Polar - Everywhere, Everything

    30 Jan 2023 - Sebastian

    New year, new me? Well at least not musically, because I still love most things hardcore, hence I picked the new Polar record Everywhere, Everything as my first review of 2023. The record is already out via Arising Empire and, spoiler alert, you should definitely go and give it a listen.

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  • The Holy Circle - Don't Disturb my Waking Dream

    29 Jan 2023 - Dan D.
    Dreampop, Shoegaze

    I’ve been increasingly drawn to Dreampop and Shoegaze over the last couple of years. As I’ve grown older my tastes have moved away from the more ‘in your face’ ferocity of Extreme metal and Hardcore and I have become much more contemplative and introspective. There’s a sense of love, longing, and loss in both the fore mentioned sub-genres that I can get lost in and reminisce.

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  • STAHV - Simple Mercies

    26 Jan 2023 - Thorsten
    Alternative Rock

    Okay, let’s do something different this time. I will not talk about the band at all, so you have to figure those things out by looking at the headline and picture next to these opening lines. Let’s only talk about the six songs on this EP and let them initiate my talking. Because hey, that’s what happened in the record stores of old as well, right?

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  • Phal:Angst - Whiteout

    25 Jan 2023 - Thorsten
    Post-Rock, Doomjazz, Synthwave

    Why is a genre like Post-Rock destined to never ever die? Simply because the disenfranchisement of classical structures in order to come up with new, unconventional ways of performing music makes for unlimited possibilities for writing, structuring songs and incorporating new mirrors that have yet to be shaven but that are exhilaratingly infectious. The Vienna, Austria-based ensemble called Phal:Angst has just released another example of that difficult thesis: Whiteout is a perfect amalgam of Post-Rock ethos and fragility, Industrial harshness and Doomjazz passion!

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  • Death Engine - Ocean

    24 Jan 2023 - Thorsten
    Blackened Shoegaze, Post-Metal

    Death Engine‘s latest release is called Ocean and indeed it bears some resemblance to the music by the powerful Post-Metal collective of the same name as the album title! Nevertheless, there is also some Chino Moreno in it, which shall not be neglected. Therefore we can affirm that this record is somewhere between Post-Metal and Blackened Shoegaze, for the Deftones were never Nu-Metal but hard, heavy Shoegaze. Just listen to White Pony - Ocean is like a crossing between that album and Precambrian!

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  • Wuodan's Wunde - Es Glimmt Empor aus Ewger Nacht

    23 Jan 2023 - Thorsten
    Atmospheric Black Metal, Dungeon Synth

    I do not want to go as far as saying this will be Dungeon Synth’s Nevermind but in a just world it would surely be its Sunbather. Big statement? Yes, but sit back, enjoy the ride that one-man-project Wuodan’s Wunde from Austria is providing on this record and tell me afterwards whether I was wrong or not. Fire away, actually, because nothing can hit me here, down deep in the dungeons!

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  • Raum Kingdom - Monarch

    20 Jan 2023 - Simon
    Post Sludge, Post Metal

    With enough barely contained visceral energy to power a small town, Raum Kingdom trample all over the idea of the difficult second album.

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  • Mare Infinitum - Cryosleep

    18 Jan 2023 - Knut
    Atmospheric Doom Metal

    Mare Infinitum set out in 2010 and released a full-length in 2011 and a second one in 2015. For each of these two, they broadened the scope of their music leading to this release seven years after the last one. The musical sphere in which they operate on this album is near to unfathomable. It is a grandiose display of visionary musicianship that defies any genre one tries to narrow it down to. It is clearly rooted in Doom Metal and Death Metal, but add the angelic choir, the operatic vocals, the epic, orchestral arrangements and melodic themes and this goes beyond styles and genres.

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  • M.S.W Cloud - Diversus Ambitibus

    17 Jan 2023 - Gene
    Classical, Piano, Choral

    When you set out for Hellfest but end up at Montreux Jazz festival, and don’t even mind.

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  • AHAB - The Coral Tombs

    15 Jan 2023 - Thorsten
    Nautik Doom, Funeral Doom

    The absolute masters, pioneers, forefathers and simultaneously the future, the promise, the chosen are back. Ahab, the best band in a genre they founded and that they alone inhibit. The most successful Nautik Doom band ever. Okay, all of that might seem like a lot of irony but I am sure the Heidelberg, Germany-based quartet will take this with the little twinkle in the eye. Nevertheless, to clarify it – being able to listen to new music from the best German Funeral Doom band ever, is so rewarding! Furthermore, because The Coral Tombs shows the guys from atop of their game. Every single riff, every hit on any part of the drum-kit, everything is simply magical!

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  • Azken Auzi - s-t

    14 Jan 2023 - Thorsten
    Blackened Stoner Metal

    It is always interesting to see how heavy trios can be. Azken Auzi from Toulon in Southern France can be taken as a new example for just that. Stemming from afoot the mighty Alps and simultaneously right on the blue beaches of the Côte d’Azur, the threesome started only two years ago and have now released their self-titled debut record which is somewhere in the realms of Blackened Stoner Metal. Impressive!

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  • Ropes Inside A Hole - A Man And His Nature

    13 Jan 2023 - Knut
    Post Rock

    The Italians of RIAH finally tell us, five years after their debut, what the acronym stands for. It really does not give more sense. Does it matter? No, not when the band has transformed and reformed itself, and releases a tremendous Post Rock album at the start of the year. This album quite literally contains everything a heavy Post Rock release should be about - passion, emotions, longing, yearning, solitude, joy, and immense reflective parts. And some more.

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  • Onhou - Monument

    12 Jan 2023 - Thorsten
    Blackened Doom, Funeral Sludge

    As someone coming from the West of Germany, I have always had a strange “relationship” with the Netherlands. Being a young football fan, we didn’t like the Dutch, because they always gave us a hard time. Being a music lover I was always amazed by their scene and their metal bands and festivals. Being older now, I can definitely say “I love Holland” Its people, its landscapes and beaches. I am somewhat obsessed with its music scene and am happy to support it as much as I can. Not because a band like Onhou is from Groningen, but simply because it is an insanely good band!

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  • Misþyrming - Með hamri

    11 Jan 2023 - Thorsten
    Atmospheric Black Metal

    Anthemic. Epic. Accessible. Earwormy. All these adjectives are going to be used in this review of the latest full-length Með hamri by Icelandic Black Metal trailblazers Misþyrming. Does that indirectly mean they lost some of their edge? Don’t think so! Will some scene policemen call them out for being a bit too melodic on this new album? Maybe. Should anyone care about that? No!

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  • KOLLAPS\E - Phantom Centre

    07 Jan 2023 - Knut
    Post Meal/Sludge Metal

    No need to be subtle about this full-length debut from these Swedes; it is an amazing Post Metal/Sludge Metal-release with hints of Post Rock in between the multilayered music. The album is varied, it is furious, it is heavy, it is complex - yes, it ticks off all the parts that high quality Post Metal music consists of.

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  • Kali Malone - Living Torch

    05 Jan 2023 - Stephan
    Drone, Neo-Classical

    Two souls alas! are dwelling in your breasts? One which yearns to prolong the contemplative part of winter solstice season? And the other one just wants things to be earth-shattering loud again? Luckily, music has specialized genres suited exactly for this dichotomy, offering soothing meditative qualities, yet also eagerly sending bone-pulverizing vibrations through your body - if you just turn the volume up high enough. And it’s one album in particular, already released about two weeks after summer solstice, which I want to entrust to you for this purpose now.

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  • Mammock - Rust

    04 Jan 2023 - Thorsten
    Noise-Rock, Punk

    A few years ago, a British music-journalist argued that McLusky was the most underrated band ever to come out of the UK and a total “bands’ band” meaning that they were known by musicians all over the globe but not loved by enough fans to really have a shot at it. When listening to Greek outfit Mammock one might get the idea that they listened to the Welsh Noise-mongers because they share a love for flurry, hectic Noise-Rock songs on the one hand and some atmospheric Post-Punk elegies on the other hand. Enter their second full-length Rust!

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  • Brii - Corpos Transparentes

    03 Jan 2023 - Brayden
    Ambient Black Metal, Blackened Canterbury Prog Metal

    Fans of Brii I tell you this: this is not the same band you knew. For a while now they’ve trespassed into the world of Ambient and Trance with their loud Black Metal, a feat that should not be undermined as their fusion is balanced, this was Brii on two of their three releases. Their metamorphosis is complete now, they have shed their cocoon and now fly into the world of progressive rock more exuberant than ever, abandoning black metal almost entirely; the journey to this point implies that this was their goal from the beginning. Corpos Transparentes is a 36-minute-tour-de-force commemorating the band that once was but a tribute to becoming the current band.

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  • Celestial Season - Mysterium II

    02 Jan 2023 - Knut
    Doom Metal/Atmospheric Doom Metal

    In the beginning was Doom Metal, and the Doom Metal was with Black Sabbath and Doom Metal was Black Sabbath. The style morphed into Heavy Metal and countless sub-genres, but it began with the heavy doom-laden riffs from Iommi. Many bands were inspired and one of them was Celestial Season who took up the Doom baton, released a demo in 1992 and the first full length in 1993, thus beginning an impressive musical journey that 30 years later has led to Mysterium I and II, both released this year.

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  • Dream Unending - Song of Salvation

    27 Dec 2022 - Ajay
    Death Metal, Doom Metal

    Given the chaos the world has been plunged into since a certain event swept across the globe in 2019, it is interesting how some musical artists/bands have managed their creative output. Some artists laid dormant, waiting for the chaos to pass so that they could step back outside. Others, such as Derrick Vella (Tomb Mold, Outer Heaven) and Justin DeTore (Innumerable Forms, Sumerlands), the duo behind Dream Unending, have had a very prolific period of musical output, putting out two albums under this project alone in the space of just twelve months.

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  • Elder - Innate Passage

    14 Dec 2022 - Simon
    Progressive rock

    Elder seemlessly meld all facets of their sound into a glorious, cohesive whole and unleash the finest album of their illustrious career!

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  • Nordicwinter - Beneath the Fleeting Light

    05 Dec 2022 - Knut
    Atmospheric Black Metal, Depressive Black Metal

    Feeling a bit late to the party while digging this up from of my backlog. But better late than never, because this new mezmerizing album by Nordicwinter, really is for cold winter days and nights walking under a bleak sky at the shore of a small lake on one side and a frozen snowless wood on the other side. And if you walk there at night, the music certainly will give you a sense of belonging as you look up at the sparkling starry sky out there beyond the atmosphere.

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  • Qrixkuor - Zoetrope

    04 Dec 2022 - Stephan
    Symphonic Dissonant Death Metal

    This EP consists of one track of twenty-four and a half minutes’ length. That could be just the time you need to find a spelling of the band name that you’re confident is correct. Qrixkuor’s Orchestral Death Metal inferno however isn’t willing to give you many breathers to quietly ponder over that question.

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  • Twin Drugs - In Now Less Than Ever

    03 Dec 2022 - Thorsten
    Shoegaze, Brit-Pop, Indie-Rock

    This record seems to have fallen through a wormhole out of time – straight from the 90s ear of Cool Britannia and to the USA today. It merges all the things that were and are still good about the 90s into a blend that yet doesn’t feel outdated but as fresh as the first cup of coffee in the morning. Rejuvenating and inciting.

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