7.5/10

Ennui – ‘End of the Circle’ review

Funeral doom as a genre plays to a niche of fans that like their metal utterly crushing and full of forlorn. In general, it requires a certain amount of stamina to play as greater emphasis is placed on each note to create that all-encompassing sensation of foreboding; You are expected to explore every valley and […] Read More

6/10

NAUT – ‘Raise The Lights’ EP review

 In this age of hyper-criticism and warp-speed opinions, no band claiming to hold onto the genre badge of post-punk or goth rock can be judged on their own terms without immediately being compared to the greats, and in this regard many tend to be drop-kicked into the “poseur” bin without their own material given […] Read More

Alex’s top 5 albums of the year 2017

2017 proved to be a year of excellence and branching out in terms of album output and talent on display. As unhinged as the world becomes, musicians remind us that there is art to be made from the chaos.  Choosing five metal albums to represent the year was no simple task, some albums were heavily […] Read More

7/10

Eternal Silence – ‘Mastermind Tyranny’ Album Review

                          Italy is a region of the world that prides itself as the cradle of the Renaissance as well as a great deal of classical music; 300-odd years later and the music has evolved an offshoot that is a sublime amalgamation of heavy […] Read More

8.5/10

Vanha – ‘Within the Mist of Sorrow’ Album Review

Debut albums are seen as a band’s first chance to set themselves apart and to make a lasting impression, to prove their art is worth noticing. “First impressions last” and Vanha made sure their first release would firmly stand out on its own – ‘Within the Mist of Sorrow’ was released in December 2016 via […] Read More

6/10

Steelballs – ‘Steelballs’ EP review

Music holds itself as a unique means of expression, much like any other art form, and through it you can experience the passion of the artist and connect on some level with the message they have created. The force of the message either subtly brushes your mind or it hits you with all the subtlety […] Read More

6/10

The Projectionist – ‘Poisonous Disengagement’ Album Review

‘Poisonous Disengagement‘ is the original release by Canadian band The Projectionist (formerly known as Lörd Matzigkeitus) and is an album that has been admired for its traditional approach to black metal; true to the accolades they received as a black metal outfit that does the discordant sound on a respectable level: loud, full of misery and lo-fi […] Read More

8/10

Sirenia – ‘Dim Days of Dolor’ Album Review

  2016 was a tumultuous year: some ebb of good but mainly there was a flow of uncertainty. Norwegian symphonic metal band, Sirenia, contributed no small amount of uncertainty of their own when they announced a change in their lineup  (along with minor alterations to their usual musical style) by replacing their long-standing vocalist, Ailyn. Sirenia was formed […] Read More

The Top 5 Albums of 2016 according to Alex

It is universally accepted that 2016 has been good to music (although this is an unashamed understatement) and plenty has been promised to make for a highly anticipated 2017 of bowel-clenching proportions. The new and the old guard both produced releases that saw consistency for some, unprecedented talent for several, and a return to form […] Read More

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