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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  • Amulets - Blooming

    27 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Noise, Shoegaze, Drone, Electronica

    One can say whatever one chooses about the somewhat funny logo of The Flenser but one thing remains for sure: There is hardly any other record label out there with such an impeccable catalog. The latest record by Portland-based audio & visual artist Randall Taylor under his moniker Amulets proves it with a very special kind of Shoegaze combining electronics with huge Walls Of Sound and resulting in phantasmagorical ambiance and nightmares.

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  • Planet Of The Dead - Pilgrims

    26 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Stoner Doom

    You like The Sword? Fu Manchu is one of your go-to-bands? Red Fang are not only shooting great, funny videos in your opinion? ASG’s straightforward attitude is quite up your alley? Then listen to the latest full-length by Planet Of The Dead!

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  • Erdve - Savigaila

    25 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened Post-Metal

    Lithuanian-based trio Erdve prove that Post-Metal is a global scene, for they sound like a crossover between Dutch and Swiss band and release on French label. For all of you out there, who think that Post-Metal is too blunt and regular and has become shallow without any new bands giving the genre any new life – Savigaila proves you wrong!

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  • Motorpsycho - Kingdom Of Oblivion

    24 Jul 2021 - Ben
    Prog / Heavy Rock

    Never afraid to comment on the issues of the day, Trondheim’s finest show us all what creative productivity looks like with their follow-up to last year’s The All Is One.

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  • Golden Ashes - A Lightless Christ Shuns The Crown Of Divinity

    24 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Symphonic Black Metal

    Once again Maurice de Jong releases an umpteenth release a year. Sorry, correction: An umpteenth great release a year.; the new Golden Ashes record is the sixth release by Maurice in the sixth incarnation in 2021! And he never disappoints!

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  • Sigillum S & Macelleria Mobile Di Mezzanotte - Blues And Doped Flowers From Twenty Three Years After Eschaton

    23 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Jazz Noir,

    Sigillum S & Macelleria Mezzanotte di Mobile – Blues Flowers….

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  • Five The Hierophant - Through Aureate Void

    22 Jul 2021 - Knut
    Atmospheric Avantgarde Post Jazz Metal

    The dark ambient and mesmerizing music of this album is as multilayered as the meaning of the band´s name is. If you look into the name, you will soon find yourself deep into Tarot cards, Greek mythology and beyond. And if you let yourself follow on down into the dark ornamented streams of their music, you will be immersed in an ethereal dark hypnotic soundscape.

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  • Melissa - Melissa

    21 Jul 2021 - Chad
    Death-Metal/Crust-Punk

    I’m not generally a fan of Black Metal or Death Metal. However, this bizarre, imposing foursome have managed to drag me into their own unique spin on it, a feat which has only ever been previously achieved by Oathbreaker and Oranssi Pazuzu

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  • Midwife - Luminol

    19 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Ambient Shoegaze

    Forensic investigators use luminol to detect trace amounts of blood at crime scenes, as it reacts with the iron in hemoglobin. Biologists use it in cellular assays to detect copper, iron, cyanides, as well as specific proteins via western blotting. That’s what Wikipedia says about the usages of luminol, music freaks use Luminol as the description for the perfect balance between dreampop, shoegaze, ambient and classic songwriting!

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  • Lykhaeon - Opprobrium

    17 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Black Metal

    Over the last couple of years, there have been loads of good records coming out of “The Crypt” the gathering point for Switzerland’s semi-anonymous Black Metal collective Helvetic Underground Committee, many of them overwhelmingly good music-wise and even better when looking behind the thunder and roar. Not trying to place Lykhaeon’s new release within the collective’s opus but this one definitely adds a new dimension to it!

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  • Greyflood - Anagnorisis

    16 Jul 2021 - Pat O'
    Post-Rock/Instrumental/Ambient

    Hypnotic and effortlessly atmospheric post-rock best describes the latest offering from California’s Greyflood. Three dreamy and uplifting tracks give their latest EP Anagnorisis that “must hear” tag.

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  • Mortyfear - My Dystopia

    15 Jul 2021 - Knut
    Industrial Black Metal/Death Metal/Psychedelic Black Metal

    As we know, Finland has the most metal bands per capita in the world. And the diversity of them are almost endless. And the same goes for the creativity and braveness of many bands from Finland, especially such bands as Mortyfear. Their new album is like some kind of musical magic realism, and, as the album title indicates, with a lot of disturbing eeriness thrown in. Above all it is remarkably well done.

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  • A.A.Williams - Songs From Isolation

    14 Jul 2021 - Ben
    Alternative / Spartan

    London-based A.A.Williams releases an album of stripped-down, emotionally charged covers that each bring something new to the table – intimacy, warmth, nuance, power.

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  • SEUM - Winterized

    13 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Doom

    Sludge without a guitar? Is that really possible? SEUM from Montreal are a threesome with no six-string attached but man - they are the sludge record for the summer!

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  • Coffin Lurker - Foul And Defiled

    11 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Avantgarde-Doom

    This record proves how differently a certain genre can be interpreted, yes how contrary the same genre can be. For this review one needs equal measures of Coffin Lurker‘s debut Foul and Defiled and Sunn O))) as a reference band to explain how nearly antagonistic doom can be.

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  • Pledge - Haunted Visions

    10 Jul 2021 - Thorsten
    Hardcore

    War On Women would be proud of this new Portuguese Hardcore outfit – because they play good, modern punk with a touch for little details and breaks – and also because of the awesome vocals by front-woman Sofia Magalhães

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  • Mads Christensen - 5212 Helvete

    09 Jul 2021 - Knut
    Hard rock/Punk/Punk´n´roll/Post-Hardcore/Thrash metal

    A playful, vibrant, hard and raw release to keep you rocking through the warm summer days and nights - and beyond!

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  • Outlander - Sundowning/Unconditional

    08 Jul 2021 - Pat O'
    Doomgaze/Shoegaze/Post-Rock

    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
    Blackgaze

    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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