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May 5, 2020

Now entering their third active decade, Swedish doom/occult rockers Witchcraft kick off the 2020s with their new all-acoustic album Black Metal, their first release in 4 years following 2016’s Nucleus.

Witchcraft’s new release Black Metal breaks their habit of having a very long song as the closing track, in fact the whole album has a short running time, barely going over 30 minutes. Being an entirely acoustic album, it was bound to sound differen...

April 15, 2020

The Birthday Massacre bring us their latest album Diamonds, 3 years after 2017’s Under Your Spell. What stands out most immediately about this album is its 80s synthpop sensibility, which isn’t a new influence for this band, but it is particularly obvious on this album. For instance, the synth melody subtly creeping in at the start of ‘Run’– sounds very reminiscent of the synth melody in the song ‘Everything Counts’ by Depeche Mode.

The album also...

March 24, 2020

Bavarian black metallers Dark Fortress bring us their 8th album Spectres From The Old World. Known best for their blend of melodic guitar riffs, ambient keys, versatile vocals and their rapid artillery of a rhythm section. The band serve up their latest slice of this tried and tested formula, and it does not disappoint.

After the progressive direction Dark Fortress took on their last album Venereal Dawn; Spectres From The Old World features less e...

March 3, 2020

French gothic death/doom metal band Angellore bring us their third full length offering Rien Ne Devait Mourir.

Named after the Tristania song, Angellore create music in a similar vein – gothic, death, doom. They also take influence from funeral doom groups such as Shape of Despair, which is apparent in the slow, drawn out nature of their songs.

Their latest release is noticeably more ambient and atmospheric than previous releases. featuring longer...

January 28, 2020

Norwegian dungeon synth/dark ambient masters Mortiis bring us their latest offering – Spirit of Rebellion. Upon first listening, it becomes immediately apparent that this album takes a different turn from their most recent discography and instead returns to the dungeon synth of their early 90s (“Era I”) material, back when it was still the solo project of Håvard Ellefsen (better known as Mortiis, the namesake of the band).

The album is intended as...

December 10, 2019

Cornish psychedelic doomsters Cybernetic Witch Cult bring forth their 3rd album: Absurdum Ad Nauseam. This 3 piece have managed to put together a great slice of ass-kicking stoner doom with a geeky, cult sci-fi/horror movie aesthetic evident on track names such as ‘Hypercomputer part 1’ and ‘Cromagnonaut’.

The album opens with a trippy nauseating intro, sounding like something from a horror movie soundtrack. It’s heavy on the FX featuring some rat...

October 15, 2019

Italian gothic metal giants Lacuna Coil bring us their latest offering, Black Anima, 3 years after their last album Delirium.

The opening track teases a notably different style, with vocalist Christina Scabbia taking on a higher lighter voice than usual, then there’s a breathy rhythmic vocal section similar to something Eivør might do. This hints at a darker and more experimental style to follow for the rest of the album.

Despite the uncharacterist...

October 1, 2019

Colorado gothic/symphonic metal outfit Beyond Forgiveness bring us their second full-length album Live To Tell The Story.

Although Beyond Forgiveness’ sound is predominantly gothic and symphonic, there are also some slight folky elements; such as the flutes on the opening track 'Echoes' and the closing track 'Forever Dream'.

The soprano vocals (Talia Hoit) are delicate and angelic and the vocal lines are catchy and easily to sing along to. The...

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